D'amour ou d'amitié

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"D'amour ou d'amitié"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Tellement j'ai d'amour... and Du soleil au cœur
Released December 1982 (1982-12)
Format 7", 12"
Genre Pop
Length 4:05
Label Saisons, Pathé Marconi
Songwriter(s) Eddy Marnay, Jean Pierre Lang, Roland Vincent
Producer(s) Eddy Marnay, Rudy
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Tellement j'ai d'amour pour toi"
"D'amour ou d'amitié"
"Mon ami m'a quittée"

"D'amour ou d'amitié" (meaning "Of Love or Friendship", pronounced: [damuːʁ u damitje]) is the second single from Celine Dion's album, Tellement j'ai d'amour.... It was released in France in December 1982 and in Canada in May 1983.[1]

On 24 January 1983, Dion was chosen to represent Canada with "D'amour ou d'amitié", as revelation of the year at the MIDEM in Cannes.

The song became a hit in Quebec where it entered the chart on 7 May 1983 and topped it for four weeks, spending forty weeks on the chart in total. "D'amour ou d'amitié" was certified Gold in April 1985 for selling over 50,000 copies in Canada.[2] Dion received also 4 Félix Awards at that time.

"D'amour ou d'amitié" was also released as a single in France. It was Dion's second single in this country after "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" in 1982. The song became a hit there too, reaching number 5 on the Singles Chart. On 1 September 1983 Dion became the first Canadian to receive a Gold certification in France with her song "D'amour ou d'amitié", which has sold more than 700,000 copies.[3] Following this success, Dion released her first album in France, named Du soleil au cœur.

A music video was made from a TV special when the single came out in 1983.

Dion recorded a German version called "Was bedeute ich dir", It was released as a single in that country in 1984, backed with "Mon ami, geh nicht fort", German version of "Mon ami m'a quittée", as a B-side.

"D'amour ou d'amitié" is included on Dion's 2005 French greatest hits album On ne change pas.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Canadian 7" single

  1. "D'amour ou d'amitié" – 4:05
  2. "Le vieux monsieur de la rue Royale" – 4:13

French 7" single

  1. "D'amour ou d'amitié" – 4:05
  2. "Visa pour les beaux jours" – 3:28

French 12" maxi single

  1. "D'amour ou d'amitié" – 4:05
  2. "Visa pour les beaux jours" – 3:28
  3. "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" – 3:52
  4. "L'amour viendra" – 4:20

German 7" single

  1. "Was bedeute ich dir" – 4:05
  2. "Mon ami, geh nicht fort" – 3:05


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[6] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 700,000[8]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

"D'amour ou d'amitié" was covered by Corneille on Parce qu'on vient de loin (2002) and Kenza Farah on Authentik (2007).


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^ CRIA
  3. ^ Biography
  4. ^ a b "Les Chansons Classées par Points des Années 80" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 11 May 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Québec Info Musique: Céline Dion". Québec Info Musique. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Celine Dion – D'amour Et D'amitie". Music Canada. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 5 November 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Georges-Hébert Germain (1998). Céline: The Authorized Biography. Dundurn Press Limited. p. 143. ISBN 1-55002-318-7.