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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 single, vinyl single
Recorded Chartmarker Studios, Capitol Studios November 1995[1], Rumbo Recorders
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:33
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer David Foster
Certification 2x platinum (Australia)
Platinum (New Zealand, U.S.)
Gold (Germany)
Silver (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 smash hit from Céline Dion's album Falling into You, released as the first single on February 19, 1996 in North America and Japan. In other parts of the world it was released in May 1996 as the second single, after "Falling into You."[2]

"Because You Loved Me" was written by Diane Warren as a tribute to her father for his encouragement. It was produced by David Foster and featured in the film Up Close & Personal.

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.

The music video, with fragments from the film, was directed by Kevin Bray and released in February 1996.

The B-sides of the European single included unreleased at that time songs: "The Power of the Dream," "To Love You More" and "Sola Otra Vez."

"Because You Loved Me" is one of Céline Dion's biggest hits and signature songs. 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."

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.

The single has sold 1,345,000 copies in the U.S. and was certified platinum. It was also certified 2x platinum in Australia (140,000), platinum in New Zealand (10,000), gold in Germany (250,000) and silver in the United Kingdom (although it has sold 420,000 copies and should be certified gold). Also in France, "Because You Loved Me" has sold 195,000 copies and should be certified silver.

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. Lately, "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.

The track was covered by Johnny Mathis (1998), Michael Ball (1998), Vivian Reed (2001), Jane McDonald (2001), Clay Aiken (2006), Miho Fukuhara (2007) and Nina Girado (2008).

Contents

Formats and track listings

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

  1. "Because You Loved Me" (movie version) – 3:30
  2. "Because You Loved Me" (album version) – 4:33

Charts

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 1
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 18
Belgian Flandres Singles Chart[5] 5
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[6] 12
Canadian Singles Chart[7] 1
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[8] 1
Danish Singles Chart[9] 8
Dutch Singles Chart[10] 4
European Singles Chart[11] 6
French Singles Chart[12] 19
German Singles Chart[13] 13
Irish Singles Chart[14] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[15] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[16] 24
Swiss Singles Chart[17] 3
UK Singles Chart[18] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[20] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[21] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[22] 41
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[23] 4
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[24] 1
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
"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

References

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