Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, known as Noa recorded the part of Esméralda in French for the original soundtrack of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris. Released in January 1998, the soundtrack topped the albums chart in France for seventeen weeks and was certified Diamond after selling over two million copies in France alone. It became one of the best-selling albums of all time in France. "Vivre" by Noa was released as a single in February 1998. It peaked at number twenty in France in March 1998 and number twelve in Belgium Wallonia in May 1998.
In 1997, Hélène Ségara auditioned for the role of Esméralda, the female lead in Luc Plamondon and Riccardo Cocciante's musical Notre-Dame de Paris. However, Noa was chosen to play the role. After recording the album version of Notre-Dame de Paris, Noa decided that her hectic schedule would not allow her to set off on tour with the stage version of the musical. Plamondon and Cocciante were thus faced with the problem of finding a new Esméralda to step in and take Noa's place at the last moment. And it was then that the pair came up with the idea of casting Ségara in the role. After the premiere in Paris in September 1998, Notre-Dame de Paris musical became a phenomenal commercial success. Ségara included "Vivre" on the 1998 re-release of her album, Cœur de verre.
After the success of the musical Notre-Dame de Paris in 1998 and 1999, all the songs were translated into English. One of the songs, "Vivre" with new lyrics by Will Jennings was entitled "Live (for the One I Love)" and recorded by Celine Dion for her 1999 greatest hits compilation, All the Way... A Decade of Song. The track was produced by David Foster and Humberto Gatica. It was released as the second single in the Francophone countries on 14 February 2000. Dion's version was also featured on the English-language version of Notre-Dame de Paris album released on 21 February 2000.
"Live (for the One I Love)" music video was directed by Bille Woodruff and released in 2000. It was included later on Dion's All the Way... A Decade of Song & Video DVD. The single reached top 100 on the charts in several countries, including number twenty-three in Canada, number forty-seven in Belgium Wallonia and number sixty-three in France. Dion performed the song in late 1999, during the promotion of All the Way... A Decade of Song on the French television show. She also sang it live during the last of the Let's Talk About Love World Tour show, called the "Millennium Concert." AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that this song, alongside "I Want You to Need Me" and "Then You Look at Me," "isn't bad, it just isn't that particularly memorable, especially compared to the hits."
Tina Arena played Esméralda in the London production of Notre-Dame de Paris musical in 2000. She has recorded four songs for the English-language version of Notre-Dame de Paris album, including "Live (for the One I Love)."
Arena's version was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 6 March 2000 and reached number sixty-three on the UK Singles Chart in May 2000. Arena's version was produced by Ric Wake.