Because You Loved Me

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"Because You Loved Me"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Falling into You
Released February 19, 1996 (1996-02-19)
Format CD single, cassette, 12"
Recorded 1995
Chartmarker Studios, Capitol Studios, Rumbo Recorders
Genre Pop
Length 4:33
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) David Foster
Certification 2× Platinum (Australia)
Platinum (New Zealand, U.S.)
Gold (Germany, UK)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Falling into You"
(1996)
"Because You Loved Me"
(1996)
"J'irai où tu iras"
(1996)

"Because You Loved Me" is a song by Canadian singer Céline Dion from her twenty-first studio album Falling into You. Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, "Because You Loved Me" was released as a single on February 19, 1996 as the second from the album. A down-tempo pop ballad, its lyrics revolve around the protagonist thanking a loyal loved one for guiding, encouraging, and protecting her throughout her life, and making her who she is today. Warren has said that the song was a tribute to her father. "Because You Loved Me" also serves as the theme song from the 1996 film Up Close & Personal.

The song was a commercial success. It became Dion's second single to top the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at number-one for six weeks until its reign was ended by Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby".

The song became a part of two greatest hits released by Dion: All the Way... A Decade of Song in 1999 and My Love: Essential Collection in 2008. "Because You Loved Me" could be found on the Live in Las Vegas: A New Day... DVD and it was also performed during the 2008-09 Taking Chances Tour. Live performances can be found on the A New Day... Live in Las Vegas CD, as well as the English edition of Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert DVD/CD. The romantic song "Because you loved me" also has been performed successfully in Spanish and by other singers as Milly Quezada, Ana Laura, etc.

Sales and chart performance[edit]

It reached number 1 in the United States (6 weeks at the top), Australia (3 weeks) and Canada (1 week). In all of these countries, it was her second number 1 song, after "The Power of Love." "Because You Loved Me" ended One Sweet Day's 16 week reign at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The single set a record on the U.S. Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, where it remained at number 1 for 19 weeks. It topped many other American charts as well, including Billboard Hot 100 Airplay (14 weeks at the top) and Hot 100 Singles Sales (6 weeks), also Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks (12 weeks) and Top 40 Mainstream (5 weeks). "Because You Loved Me" was also a hit in the rest of the world reaching number 2 in Ireland, number 3 in New Zealand and Switzerland, number 4 in the Netherlands, number 5 in the United Kingdom and Belgium etc.

According to Ask Billboard, the physical copy of the single has sold 1,343,000 copies and the digital copy of the single has sold 704,000 units since being available bringing total sales to 2,047,000 copies sold in the US.[1] The single is certified platinum in the US. It was also certified 2x platinum in Australia (140,000), platinum in New Zealand (10,000), gold in Germany (250,000) and gold in the United Kingdom. Also in France, "Because You Loved Me" has sold 195,000 copies and should be certified silver.

Critical reception[edit]

This song received acclaim. Senior editor of Allmusic Stephen Thomas Erlewine said: "Dion shines on ballads like "Because You Love Me.""[2] New York Times editor Stephen Holden wrote: "Written by Diane Warren, this weepy thank-you song with its tag line, "I'm everything I am because you loved me," is this year's "Wind Beneath My Wings."[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

The song was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, as well as four Grammy Awards. It won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (award went to Diane Warren), and was nominated for the Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Music video[edit]

A music video was created for the song, which showed Dion singing interspersed with clips from the film Up Close & Personal. It was directed by Kevin Bray in January 1996 and released in February.

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:55

European/UK cassette single

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "To Love You More" – 5:28

Japanese/North American CD single

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "I Don't Know" – 4:38

Australian CD maxi single

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "I Don't Know" – 4:38
  3. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" – 4:14
  4. "Le ballet" – 4:25

Australian CD maxi single #2

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "I Don't Know" – 4:38
  3. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" – 4:14
  4. "Le ballet" – 4:25
  5. "The Power of the Dream" – 4:31

European/UK CD maxi single

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "Nothing Broken But My Heart" – 5:55
  3. "Next Plane Out" – 4:59
  4. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:55

European CD maxi single #2

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "The Power of the Dream" – 4:31
  3. "Think Twice" – 4:47
  4. "Le fils de Superman" – 4:35

UK CD maxi single #2

  1. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  2. "To Love You More" – 5:28
  3. "Sola Otra Vez" – 5:12
  4. "Think Twice" – 4:47

Official versions[edit]

  1. "Because You Loved Me" (movie version) – 3:30
  2. "Because You Loved Me" (album version) – 4:33
  3. "Because You Loved Me" (Live version) – 5:08 From the "Call the Man" single
  4. "Because You Loved Me" (Live version) – 2:28 From A New Day... Live in Las Vegas
  5. "Because You Loved Me" (Live version) – 3:16 From Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 23, 1996 – April 27, 1996
Succeeded by
"Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
March 30, 1996 – August 3, 1996
Succeeded by
"Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
August 10, 1996 – August 24, 1996
Succeeded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Río

Covers[edit]

In 1997, Dominican singer Milly Quezada released a Spanish version of the song titled "Porque Me Amaste" on her album Hasta Siempre. This version peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and #4 on the Billboard Tropical Songs.[43]

The track was also covered by Johnny Mathis (1998), Michael Ball (1998), Vivian Reed (2001), Jane McDonald (2001), Siti Nurhaliza (2005), Clay Aiken (2006), Miho Fukuhara (2007), Nina Girado (2008) and Diamond White who performed the song on the X Factor USA 2012.[44]

The song was covered by Glee in the Episode "Props" by Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang and Lea Michele as Rachel Berry and also in the CBS daytime serie The Bold & The Beautiful by Bobbie Eakes as Macy Alexander Sharpe in the Episode #1.2765 originally broadcast on April 1, 1998. Eakes version was released on the various artists soundtrack album Love Affair in 2008 which feature several stars from ABC Daytime's hottest shows.[45]

Also covered by artist Michael Terry.

Another popular cover was recorded by singer Ana Laura for her self-titled debut.

Filipina Singer, Jolina Magdangal recorded a cover for her upcoming album, due to release on March 2014.

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