Celine Dion’s nearly unmatched vocal prowess has made her the best-selling Canadian recording artist and the best-selling French-language artist of all time. Able to span genres and record in several different languages, she has sold over 200 million records worldwide, been the recipient of numerous awards, and become known as one of the greatest singers in history.
In this article, we’ll look at 21 of Celine Dion’s best songs.
1. My Heart Will Go On
My Heart Will Go On is one of Dion’s best-known songs and is widely considered her signature hit. It was originally released on her 1997 album Let’s Talk About Love and was featured on the film soundtrack for Titanic. Overall, it’s the second best-selling physical single by a woman in history and the worldwide best-selling single of 1997, earning over 18 million sales in total.
It won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe, Academy Award, Billboard Music Award, several Grammy Awards, and even a Japan Gold Disc.
2. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
Dion wasn’t the first person to record this song, with an earlier version by Meat Loaf being blocked in court and a less successful version from Pandora’s Box coming out before hers. This version of It’s All Coming Back To Me Now was a massive hit, landing a number-two position on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the UK Singles chart. It appeared on her Falling Into You album and helped bolster sales for the album as a whole, making it the best-selling pop album of the year in 1997.
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3. Because You Loved Me
Because You Loved Me was one of the best tracks on Dion’s fourth English album Falling Into You. It was another huge worldwide hit, reaching number one in the US, Canada, and Australia while charting in or near the Top 10 on most countries’ charts.
It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media as the theme song for the film Up Close And Personal and sold over five million copies within the first six months of being made available.
4. The Power Of Love
The Power Of Love was originally a song by Jennifer Rush and quite a good one at that. It reached number one in the UK and made her the first female artist to have a single reach of over a million sales there. Dion would eventually cover it, turning it into a pop standard.
Her version of the track reached number one in the US, Canada, and Australia in 1994, eventually being translated into several different languages for worldwide consumption.
5. Where Does My Heart Beat Now
Where Does My Heart Beat Now was the lead single for Dion’s first English language album Unison in 1990. For her first entry into English markets, it was a smashing success. The song would win the ASCAP Pop Award and was the most successful single from the album, peaking at number four on the Hot 100. At the time it was released, it was her best English language track, though that would eventually change.
6. Beauty and the Beast
There is more than one version of this track, seeing as it was a feature of both the classic animated film and the live-action remake. Dion was the voice responsible for the Beauty And The Beast song on the soundtrack for the 1991 Disney classic. She would sing it as a duet, and it would become the only single released from the soundtrack, winning her respect as a recording artist outside of Canada and the pop music scene and becoming one of the best Disney tracks of all time.
7. Think Twice
Think Twice was the third single released from Dion’s The Colour Of My Love album in 1994. It would eventually become one of her most successful songs in Europe and Australia, with the rock-inspired vibe even having a solid guitar solo hidden inside of it. Most critics called it one of the 10 best songs of 1995, and it remains one of the best examples of her emotional vocal skills.
While not a big success in the US—placing at 95 on the Hot 100—it rose to the top of the UK Singles chart and number two in Australia.
8. A New Day Has Come
A New Day Has Come is the title track of Dion’s seventh English language album from 2002, and one that was very personal for her. She eventually revealed that the song was about the birth of her child and was the result of the way her worldview shifted during her musical hiatus. Internationally, the track was a hit. It spent 21 weeks on top of the US Hot Adult Contemporary chart and was a Top 10 single in numerous other countries.
9. That’s The Way It Is
An artist like Dion has more than enough great songs to make a few Greatest Hits albums, but the one she released in 1999 just hit a little differently. The lead single from All The Way… A Decade Of Song was That’s The Way It Is, which would be performed live by Dion alongside NSYNC during her 1999 CBS Special.
It would eventually become her first airplay-only single to break into the US Hot 100, but its commercial success matched much of her other work. In short, it was another hit for the pop star.
10. If You Asked Me To
If You Asked Me To was originally a song recorded by Patti LaBelle on her Be Yourself album in 1989. You might have heard it on the soundtrack for the Bond film License To Kill, as it was a big part of that movie’s soundtrack. Dion would go on to cover the track in 1992 and release it as the second single from her self-titled English album, seeing it peak at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spending three weeks on top of the US Adult Contemporary chart.
Misled was a foray by Dion into dance club music. It was originally released as the second single from The Colour Of My Love in 1994 and reached the top of the US Dance Club Songs chart while taking the number four spot on the Canadian charts. It went on to win the BMI Pop Award for Most Performed Song in the US, but it was more than that for Dion.
It showed she had the range in terms of musical genres and was a rare example of her putting out something that ventured into the realm of hip hop and groove.
12. I Drove All Night
I Drove All Night is another example of Dion taking a song and making it her own. It was originally written for and recorded by Roy Orbison in 1987 and was made famous by Cyndi Lauper in 1989. Dion used the track as the lead single for her 2003 album One Heart.
The song debuted at number one on the Canadian charts, holding the spot for five consecutive weeks. In the US, it only rose to number 45 on the Hot 100, but dance remixes pushed the track to number two on the Hot Dance Club Play chart.
13. To Love You More
To Love You More is a song that many people outside of the Dion fanbase may have missed. It was recorded for a Japanese TV drama called Koibito Yo and was included in the Japanese release of her album, The Colour Of My Love. It was a massive hit in Japan, owning the top spot of their chart for five weeks and selling over 1.5 million copies. That record made her the first international artist to reach number one on the Oricon Singles chart in more than a decade.
14. All By Myself
Even if you somehow had never heard of Dion, you would still have heard this song at some point. All By Myself is probably her best-known track despite what sales figures will tell you, especially after the internet got ahold of it and began using it. Her version of the song was released in 1996 as another hit single from Falling Into You and became one of her biggest hits—at the time—in the US.
A sprawling and emotional power ballad that paired perfectly with her voice, it’s gone on to be one of her absolute best performances.
15. I’m Alive
I’m Alive was the second single released from Dion’s A New Day Has Come album in 2002, but you might have heard it in the film Stuart Little 2 instead. Another uplifting, mid-tempo song from her, this was a worldwide hit. Her positive message of being fulfilled and feeling alive in her motherhood resonated with many fans, pushing the song up the charts.
It was a Top 10 hit across most of Europe, going platinum in Belgium and gold in the UK, France, Denmark, and Germany.
16. Love Doesn’t Ask Why
Love Doesn’t Ask Why isn’t going to show up on any sales record charts, and it might be one of Dion’s songs that you ended up missing. The ninth track on The Colour Of My Love, this song might be one of the best vocal performances she has ever put out. It’s a beautiful track about the nature of love and how true love is something that doesn’t ask questions, it simply understands and acts.
While it wasn’t released as a single, it’s definitely worth listening to if you’re jonesing for some Celine Dion but have overplayed all of her hit singles already.
17. Somebody Loves Somebody
Dion is known best for her uplifting ballads of love and how emotional her vocal powers can make you feel. It might surprise you to learn that the raw power she has now was something she had to learn and that this song was the start of that. Somebody Loves Somebody is a powerful, seductive, and even slightly sad track about her telling her lover not to leave her. Nobody will put up with his crap the way she does and their love story is supposed to go a different way than he is taking it at the time.
18. (If There Was) Any Other Way
Today, Dion is an international superstar, but she had to get started somewhere. (If There Was) Any Other Way was her first major hit in the US, seeing her deal with a complicated romantic situation where her lover already knows about her infidelity. By the end of the song, she’s asking him if he thinks she doesn’t want to stay, but her sneakiness has already made him ready to break it off and she’s ready to do so as well. At that point, ending things is the only way to go forward.
19. When I Fall In Love
When I Fall In Love was first recorded in 1952 by Jeri Southern, eventually becoming a standard. In the years since numerous artists have recorded the song and made it their own. Doris Day’s version in the same year rose to number 20 on the Billboard charts. Natalie Cole sang the duet with her father’s 1956 vocals in 1996 and won a Grammy Award for the version. Dion sang the duet with Clive Griffin on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Sleepless In Seattle, winding up putting out one of her best songs.
20. I’m Your Angel
Alongside R. Kelly, Dion produced I’m Your Angel for her These Are Special Times album in 1998. It was a massively successful single, topping the Adult Contemporary chart in the US for 12 weeks and the Hot 100 for six weeks. It even earned a nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 41st Grammy Awards.
Dion teamed up with Ne-Yo for Incredible, producing an amazing romantic duet. The two play the role of famous lovers, planning to awe the world with how great their relationship is and show everyone something truly ‘incredible.’
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