Saturday, March 23, 1996

Celine Dion hit #1 with “Because You Loved Me”

Because You Loved Me

Celine Dion

Writer(s): Diane Warren (see lyrics here)

Released: February 20, 1996

First Charted: March 1, 1996

Peak: 16 US, 13 CB, 17 RR, 119 AC, 112 A40, 5 UK, 1 CN, 13 AU, 16 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.05 US, 0.6 UK, 5.0 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.6 radio, 134.02 video, 398.85 streaming


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About the Song:

In the ‘80s, Celine Dion had regional success with singles sung in French and released in her native Canada. She vaulted to international success in the ‘90s when she started releasing English-language albums. In 1994, she went all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her cover of “The Power of Love,” a song first released by Jennifer Rush a decade earlier.

She reached the top again with “Because You Loved Me.” It served as the theme song for the Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer movie Up Close and Personal but was not included on the soundtrack. It did, however, serve as the lead single from Dion’s Falling into You album. In addition to topping the charts in the U.S., “Because” went to #1 in Canada and Australia and reached the top 10 in a number of other countries.

The Advocate called the song an “emotional roller coaster.” WK Stephen Holden of The New York Times referred to it as 1996’s version of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” WK Billboard’s Larry Flick wrote that the song was “rife with grand romance, larger-than-life production, and a climax that is best described as the musical equivalent to 4th of July fireworks.” WK

Interestingly, though, when Diane Warren wrote the song, she wasn’t thinking of romance but her late-father. She said, “It was my way of thanking my dad, because he really believed in me, my talent.” FB In the context of the film, Warren said the song served as a thank you from Pfeiffer’s character to Redford’s character for him believing in her. RC

Toni Braxton was considered for the song, but Celine Dion heard it and wanted to record it. She’d recorded songs by Warren before and her label was so enthused about this song that they reworked their marketing plans for her about-to-be-released album to make this the first single in North America. FB

The song won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media and was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It also received nominations for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.


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