S'il suffisait d'aimer

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S'il suffisait d'aimer
Studio album by Céline Dion
Released September 7, 1998 (1998-09-07)
(see release history)
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop, rock
Length 51:46
Label Sony Music, Columbia
Producer Erick Benzi, Jean-Jacques Goldman
Céline Dion chronology
Let's Talk About Love
(1997)
S'il suffisait d'aimer
(1998)
These Are Special Times
(1998)
Singles from S'il suffisait d'aimer
  1. "Zora sourit"
    Released: September 14, 1998
  2. "S'il suffisait d'aimer"
    Released: November 23, 1998
  3. "On ne change pas"
    Released: March 1, 1999
  4. "En attendant ses pas"
    Released: July 5, 1999
  5. "Je crois toi"
    Released: July 5, 1999
"On ne change pas"

S'il suffisait d'aimer (meaning If Loving Were Enough) is an album by Canadian singer Céline Dion, released on September 7, 1998. It's her 19th French album and 24th in total. S'il suffisait d'aimer is the second best-selling French-language album of all time, after Dion's own D'eux.

Album information[edit]

The project reunited Céline Dion and Jean-Jacques Goldman, who last worked together on the very successful album D'eux. In their first collaboration Goldman wrote songs for Dion, this time he wrote more in his own style, while letting Céline Dion sing her own unique way, like she has been singing a long time ago. Most of the arrangements on that album are simple to let her voice dominate the songs.

S'il suffisait d'aimer won a Juno Award for Best Selling Francophone Album.

During the francophone concerts in the Let's Talk About Love Tour, Dion performed six songs from S'il suffisait d'aimer. The concerts in Paris were recorded and released as Au cœur du stade in 1999. It was promoted by the video of Céline Dion performing "Dans un autre monde." In addition, video from behind the scenes of the recording session of S'il suffisait d'aimer was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD.

Some tracks from S'il suffisait d'aimer were featured on Dion's 2005 greatest hits album On ne change pas.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Allmusic said that "fans will be pleased to hear Dion's return, in a sense, to her roots, especially since the album is about as consistent as any of her albums, both English and French."[2]

Chart success[edit]

S'il suffisait d'aimer is the second, after D'eux, best-selling French album of all time. It has sold over 6 million copies worldwide,[3] including 2 million in Europe, where it was certified 2x platinum by the IFPI.[4] S'il suffisait d'aimer has sold over 1,492,200 copies in France alone and was certified diamond.[5] In Canada, it has sold 500,000 copies[6] and was certified 4x platinum[7]

The album was certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum around the world, also in non-Francophone countries. S'il suffisait d'aimer became the second, after D'eux, French-language album to be certified gold in the United Kingdom.[8] In the United States, although a French-language release, it has sold 112,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.[9]

S'il suffisait d'aimer topped the charts in Switzerland (for five weeks), France (for four weeks), Belgium Wallonia (for four weeks), and in Canada, Greece, Poland and on the European Top 100 Albums. It charted inside top 40 in many non-Francophone countries, including the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 17.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Je crois toi"   Jean-Jacques Goldman
5:05
2. "Zora sourit"  
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:51
3. "On ne change pas"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:08
4. "Je chanterai"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:10
5. "Terre"   Benzi
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:17
6. "En attendant ses pas"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:07
7. "Papillon"   Benzi
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:01
8. "L'abandon"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:27
9. "Dans un autre monde"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:38
10. "Sur le même bateau"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:25
11. "Tous les blues sont écrits pour toi"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
4:48
12. "S'il suffisait d'aimer"   Goldman
  • Goldman
  • Benzi
3:35

Charts and certifications[edit]

1 Most certifications are under old criteria, with higher certifications levels than the current ones.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications
FR
[33]
BE (WA)
[34]
CH
[35]
1998 "Zora sourit" 20 12 25
"S'il suffisait d'aimer" 4 6
1999 "On ne change pas" 17 16
"En attendant ses pas" A
"Je crois toi" A

A Radio single only.

Awards[edit]

Year Award show Award
1999 Juno Awards Best Selling Francophone Album – S'il suffisait d'aimer

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe September 7, 1998 Sony Music, Columbia CD 4918592
Canada September 8, 1998 80339
United States October 13, 1998 Epic 86400
Japan January 21, 1999 Sony Music Japan, Epic ESCA 7425

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ S'il suffisait d'aimer review
  3. ^ Céline Dion The Recordbreaking Diva. RFI Musique. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
  4. ^ a b "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards 1998". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2004-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Certifications albums diamant - année 1998". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 1998-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Seagram, Dion Led Canadian Biz". Billboard. Retrieved 1998-12-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Gold & platinum certification searchable database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  8. ^ a b "Certified awards search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2008-12-31. 
  9. ^ "Week Ending Sept. 12, 2010: The Dulcet Tones Of Bruno Mars". new.music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  10. ^ Austrian Albums Chart
  11. ^ Belgian Flanders Albums Chart
  12. ^ Belgian Wallonia Albums Chart
  13. ^ Canadian Albums Chart
  14. ^ Top Albums/CDs - Volume 68, No. 1, September 28 1998. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h Les artistes Francophones s'exportent bien!. Retrieved December 9, 1998.
  16. ^ Dutch Albums Chart
  17. ^ European Albums Chart
  18. ^ Finnish Albums Chart
  19. ^ French Albums Chart
  20. ^ German Albums Chart
  21. ^ Hungarian Albums Chart
  22. ^ Italian Albums Chart
  23. ^ "Celine Dion album sales ranking" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  24. ^ Swedish Albums Chart
  25. ^ Swiss Albums Chart
  26. ^ UK Albums Chart
  27. ^ "Gold & Platin". IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2007-11-22. 
  28. ^ "Awards 1998". Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  29. ^ "Goud/Platina Muziek". NVPI. Retrieved 1998-12-31. 
  30. ^ "Gold certification awards". ZPAV. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  31. ^ "Artistas & espectaculos". Associação Fonogràfica Portuguesa. Retrieved 2006-03-03. 
  32. ^ "Edelmetall 1998". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 1998-12-31. 
  33. ^ Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (1998). "French Singles Chart" (in French). Les Charts. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  34. ^ Ultratop 40 (1998). "Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)" (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  35. ^ Schweizer Hitparade (1998). "Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  36. ^ IFPI Belgium (1998). "Awards 1998" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  37. ^ Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (27 October 1998). "Certifications singles argent – année 1998" (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  38. ^ IFPI Belgium (1999). "Awards 1999" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  39. ^ Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (27 October 1998). "Certifications singles or – année 1998" (in French). Retrieved 23 September 2012.