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Strait Adalida single.png
Single by George Strait
from the album Lead On
B-side "Down Louisiana Way"
Released March 20, 1995
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded April 18, 1994[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:36
Label MCA 55019
Songwriter(s) Mike Geiger, Woody Mullis, Michael Huffman
Producer(s) Tony Brown, George Strait
George Strait singles chronology
"You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody"
"Lead On"

"You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody"
"Lead On"

"Adalida" is a song recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in March 1995 as the third single from his album Lead On. It peaked at number 3 in the United States, and number 2 in Canada. It was written by Mike Geiger, Woody Mullis and Michael Huffman.


The song is an uptempo, in which the narrator refers to a "Cajun queen" named Adalida.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "zydeco-spiced single." She goes on to say that in the hands of a lesser singer, "a song like this would have been difficult to stretch."[2] Alanna Nash of Entertainment Weekly was less favorable, saying that it "fails to challenge him in even the slightest way".[3]

Chart positions[edit]

"Adalida" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of March 25, 1995.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 29
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 62

Cover Versions[edit]


  1. ^ Latest Greatest Sraitest Hits (CD). George Strait. MCA Nashville. 2000. 
  2. ^ Billboard, April 1, 1995 p.57
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (18 November 1994). "Lead On review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 9227." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 29, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1995". RPM. December 18, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Adalida:Tim Timebomb and Friends". October 30, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 

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