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"My Heart Will Go On"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album Let's Talk About Love and Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture
Released December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08)
Format CD single, 12" single, mini CD single, cassette single
Recorded Wallyworld, The Hit Factory
Genre Pop
Length 4:40
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) James Horner, Will Jennings
Producer Walter Afanasieff, James Horner, Simon Franglen
Certification Diamond (France)
4x platinum (Germany)
3x platinum (Belgium)
2x platinum (Australia, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK)
Platinum (Greece)
Gold (Austria, U.S.)
Céline Dion singles chronology
"The Reason"
(1997)
"My Heart Will Go On"
(1997)
"Immortality"
(1998)

"My Heart Will Go On" is the theme song of the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. With music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings, and production by Walter Afanasieff, it was recorded by Céline Dion. Originally released in 1997 on Dion's album Let's Talk About Love, it went to number 1 all over the world, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. My Heart Will Go On was released in Australia and Germany on December 8, 1997, and in the rest of the world in January and February of 1998.[1] It became one of the best-selling singles of all time, and was the world's best selling single of 1998.[2][3]

Contents

History

Horner had originally composed the song as an instrumental motif that is used in several scenes during Titanic. He then wanted to make a full vocal song out of it, for use in the end credits of the film. Director James Cameron did not want such a song, but Horner went ahead anyway and got Jennings to write the lyrics. Dion was Horner's first choice to sing it, but when she heard the song, she did not want to record it. It was her manager and husband, René Angélil, who convinced her to record a demo version, which was something she hadn't done for many years. Horner waited until Cameron was in an appropriate mood before presenting him with the song. After playing it several times, Cameron declared his approval, although worried that he might be criticised for "going commercial at the end of the movie."

The song was recorded in one take and without instrumental accompaniment. Horner, Dion, and later Sony Music Entertainment decided to use this first recording because "Dion's voice was perfect."

The music video was directed by Bille Woodruff and released at the end of 1997. It was included later on the All the Way… A Decade of Song & Video DVD.

In addition to Dion's Let's Talk About Love and the Titanic soundtrack, "My Heart Will Go On" appears on several other albums, including Au cœur du stade, All the Way… A Decade of Song, A New Day... Live in Las Vegas, Complete Best and My Love: Essential Collection. It was also included on the following DVDs: Au cœur du stade, All the Way… A Decade of Song & Video and Live in Las Vegas - A New Day....

At the height of the song's popularity, some radio stations in the U.S. and the UK played an edited version of the song, that had dramatic moments of dialog from the Jack and Rose lead characters in the film inserted in between Dion's vocal lines. It was included later on Back to Titanic second soundtrack album.

In France, "My Heart Will Go On" was released as a double A-side single with "The Reason."

Chart success

"My Heart Will Go On" is Céline Dion's biggest hit and one of the best-selling singles in history. In the U.S. the song debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed in that position for 2 weeks. It spent 10 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and was also number 1 for 2 weeks on the Hot 100 Singles Sales. Only a limited number of copies were released – 690,000 – which were sold out in a few days. The single was eventually certified gold in the U.S. The song also became number 1 on several other U.S. charts: Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (for 10 weeks), Top 40 Mainstream (10 weeks), Hot Latin Pop Airplay (4 weeks) and Hot Latin Tracks (1 week). "My Heart Will Go On" was the first English-language song to top the Hot Latin Tracks chart and Dion was given a Billboard Latin Music Award for that achievement.

"My Heart Will Go On" was number 1 all over the world, spending many weeks at the top position, including: 17 weeks on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, 15 weeks in Switzerland, 13 weeks in France and Germany, 11 weeks in the Netherlands and Sweden, 10 weeks in Belgium Wallonia, Denmark, Italy and Norway, 7 weeks in Belgium Flanders, 6 weeks in Ireland, 4 weeks in Australia and Austria, 2 weeks in Spain and the UK, and 1 week in Finland.

In Germany, "My Heart Will Go On" has sold over 2 million copies and was certified 4x platinum, becoming currently the 87th best-selling single of all time there.[4] It has also sold over a million copies in the United Kingdom (1,315,000) and France (1,200,000), and became 2x platinum and diamond single respectively. Other certifications include: 3x platinum in Belgium (150,000), 2x platinum in Australia (140,000), Netherlands (150,000), Norway (40,000), Sweden (40,000), Switzerland (100,000), platinum in Greece (40,000) and gold in Austria (25,000). "My Heart Will Go On" was released twice in Japan. The regular edition from January 1998 has sold 210,000 and was certified 2x platinum (200,000). The remixes edition from June 1998 has sold 115,000 and was certified separately gold (100,000) due the fact that maxi-singles are treated as an album.

Accolades

"My Heart Will Go On" won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Original Song.[5] It dominated the Grammy Awards of 1999, winning Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.[6] "My Heart Will Go On" won also the Golden Globe Award for "Best Original Song-Motion Picture" in 1998.[7]

The song also won a Japanese Gold Disc Award, for Song of the Year,[8] as well as a Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack Single of the Year.[9][10]

In a 2006 poll for a program on Five called Britain's Favourite Break-up Songs, "My Heart Will Go On" was voted tenth. It has been named one of the Songs of the Century.[11] It is one of the best-selling singles ever in the UK.[12] It was ranked at number 14 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs, celebrating the 100 greatest songs in American film history.[13]

Due to the song's widespread popularity when it was released, it is considered to be Céline Dion's signature song.[14] Today, along with two other songs from film soundtracks, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard and Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, it is considered one of the biggest love ballads of the 1990s.

Awards
Preceded by
"You Must Love Me" from Evita
Academy Award for Best Original Song
1998
Succeeded by
"When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt
Preceded by
"You Must Love Me" from Evita
Golden Globe for Best Original Song
1998
Succeeded by
"The Prayer"
from Quest for Camelot"
Preceded by
"Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
Grammy Award for Record of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
"Smooth by Santana featuring Rob Thomas
Preceded by
"Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin
Grammy Award for Song of the Year
1999
Succeeded by
"Smooth by Santana featuring Rob Thomas
Preceded by
"Building a Mystery by Sarah McLachlan
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
1999
Succeeded by
"I Will Remember You by Sarah McLachlan
Preceded by
"I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
1999
Succeeded by
"Beautiful Stranger by Madonna

Influence

After the song had become a huge worldwide hit, many movie studios and record labels tried to duplicate its impact. Although many soundtrack singles had become hits before "My Heart Will Go On," a string of similar songs followed afterward, such as Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon and Faith Hill's "There You'll Be" from Pearl Harbor. Each followed in the footsteps of the "Titanic" theme, a love ballad for a tragedy. Although those two songs became hits, they did not achieve the success of "My Heart Will Go On."

Horner himself repeated the formula of making a song from his film themes with movies such as A Beautiful Mind, Bicentennial Man, The Perfect Storm, and Avatar.

Formats and track listings

European CD single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33

European CD single #2

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21

French CD single

  1. "The Reason" – 5:01
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40

French CD single #2

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "Southampton" – 4:02

French CD single #3

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21

Japanese CD single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "Beauty and the Beast" – 4:04

UK cassette single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "I Love You" – 5:30

U.S. CD single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "Rose" (instrumental) – 2:52

Australian/Brazilian/European/UK/Korean CD maxi single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "Because You Loved Me" – 4:33
  3. "When I Fall in Love" – 4:19
  4. "Beauty and the Beast" – 4:04

Australian CD maxi single #2

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones mix) – 4:15
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution) – 4:18
  4. "Misled" (The Serious mix) – 4:59
  5. "Love Can Move Mountains" (Underground vocal mix) – 7:10

Brazilian CD maxi single #2

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" (Cuca's radio edit) – 4:22
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran's anthem edit) – 4:21
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones unsinkable edit) – 4:15
  4. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran's anthem vocal) – 9:41

European CD maxi single #2 / UK 12" single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones mix) – 4:15
  4. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution) – 4:18

Japanese/Korean CD maxi single

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones mix) – 4:15
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution) – 4:18
  4. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones unsinkable club mix) – 10:04
  5. "My Heart Will Go On" (Matt & Vito's unsinkable epic mix) – 9:53

UK CD maxi single #2

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" (soundtrack version) – 5:11
  2. "Have a Heart" – 4:12
  3. "Nothing Broken But My Heart" – 5:55
  4. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – 4:32

Official versions

  1. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones mix) – 4:15
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones love go on mix) – 4:58
  3. "My Heart Will Go On" (Richie Jones go on beats) – 5:10
  4. "My Heart Will Go On" (Riche Jones unsinkable club mix) – 10:04
  5. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran mix) – 4:21
  6. "My Heart Will Go On" (Tony Moran's anthem vocal) – 9:41
  7. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution bonus beats) – 3:31
  8. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution) – 4:18
  9. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution percapella) – 4:16
  10. "My Heart Will Go On" (Soul Solution drama at the sea) – 8:54
  11. "My Heart Will Go On" (Matt & Vito's penny whistle dub) – 3:23
  12. "My Heart Will Go On" (Matt & Vito's unsinkable epic mix) – 9:53
  13. "My Heart Will Go On" (Cuca's radio edit) – 4:22
  14. "My Heart Will Go On" (movie dialogue) – 4:41
  15. "My Heart Will Go On" (soundtrack version) – 5:11
  16. "My Heart Will Go On" (alternate orchestra version) – 5:51
  17. "My Heart Will Go On" (TV track) – 3:12
  18. "My Heart Will Go On" (no lead vox) – 4:41
  19. "My Heart Will Go On" (album version) – 4:40

Charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[15] 1
German Singles Chart[16] 1
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[17] 1
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[18] 1
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[19] 1
Canadian Singles Chart[20] 14
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[21] 1
Danish Singles Chart[22] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[23] 1
European Singles Chart[24] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[25] 1
French Singles Chart[26] 1
Greek Singles Chart[27] 1
Irish Singles Chart[28] 1
Italian Singles Chart[29] 1
Japanese Singles Chart[30] 34
New Zealand Singles Chart[31] 34
Norwegian Singles Chart[32] 1
Spanish Singles Chart[33] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[34] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[35] 1
UK Singles Chart[36] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[37] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[38] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks[39] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Pop Airplay[40] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks[41] 1
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay[42] 2
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[43] 3
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[44] 1
Preceded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
German Singles Chart number-one single
January 30, 1998 – April 24, 1998
Succeeded by
"Männer sind Schweine" by Die Ärzte
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
February 8, 1998 – May 17, 1998
Preceded by
"Vivo Per Lei (Je vis pour elle)" by Andrea Bocelli and Hélène Segara
French SNEP Singles Chart number-one single
February 7, 1998 – May 2, 1998
Succeeded by
"La Copa De La Vida" by Ricky Martin
Preceded by
"Doctor Jones" by Aqua
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(first run)

February 15, 1998
Succeeded by
"Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
February 14, 1998 – March 21, 1998
Succeeded by
"It's Like That" by Run DMC vs Jason Nevins
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
February 15, 1998 – March 8, 1998
Preceded by
"Breathe" by Midge Ure
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
February 15, 1998 – March 15, 1998
Succeeded by
"Alane" by Wes
Preceded by
"En El Jardín" by Alejandro Fernández and Gloria Estefan
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one song
February 21, 1998
Succeeded by
"Vuelve" by Ricky Martin
Preceded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
February 27, 1998 – May 8, 1998
Succeeded by
"This is How We Party" by S.O.A.P.
Preceded by
"Nice and Slow" by Usher
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 28, 1998 – March 7, 1998
Succeeded by
"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" by Will Smith
Preceded by
"Vivo per lei (je vis pour elle)" by Andrea Bocelli and Hélène Segara
Belgian Walloon Ultratop 40 number-one single
February 28, 1998 – April 2, 1998
Succeeded by
"Je me souviens" by Marianne Molina
Preceded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
March 2, 1998 – April 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Preceded by
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Belgian Flemmish Ultratop 50 number-one single
(first run)

March 7, 1998 – March 14, 1998
Succeeded by
"Formula" by DJ Visage
Preceded by
"Frozen" by Madonna
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(second run)

March 8, 1998
Succeeded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
Preceded by
"Formula" by DJ Visage
Belgian Flemmish Ultratop 50 number-one single
(second run)

April 18, 1998 – May 16, 1998
Succeeded by
"Last Thing on My Mind" by STEPS
Preceded by
"Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
February 7, 1998 – April 18, 1998
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
Preceded by
"Candle in the Wind 1997 by Elton John
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks number one single
January 31, 1998 – April 4, 1998
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden

Cover versions

  • A cover version of this song was later recorded by Neil Diamond for an album of film tracks.
  • Trish Thuy Trang has recorded a cover of this song in Vietnamese.
  • In 1998, Vicky Leandros recorded a German version of the song on her album Weil Mein Herz Dich Nie Mehr Vergißt under the name "Weil Mein Herz Dich Nie Mehr Vergisst."[45]
  • Sarah Brightman recorded an Italian version of the song on her album Eden under the name of "Il Mio Cuore Va."
  • In 1998, Sandy from Sandy & Junior recorded a Portuguese-language cover of this song.
  • New Found Glory also recorded a cover, on their From the Screen to Your Stereo EP.
  • Kenny G recorded an instrumental cover version.
  • Neal Schon, guitarist of Journey, also recorded a cover of this song on his album Voice.
  • James Galway recorded an instrumental cover version on his album Love Song.
  • Michael Ball recorded a cover version of this song on his album The Movies.
  • Yuna Ito covered the song for a Japanese tribute album to Dion, released on September 26, 2007.
  • The Finnish musical group Virtuoso recorded a cover in Finnish, entitled "Suuren Meren Suolaa".
  • Los Straitjackets perform a surf instrumental version of the song.
  • Try Cyle, a Tasmanian punk band from Australia recorded a punk cover, complete with guitar solo bridge.
  • Jonas Brothers covered the song for Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. They performed a snippet of the song as cherubs.
  • Fariborz Lachini from Iran recorded a solo piano cover of this song on his Golden Memories 1 album.
  • British singer Niki Evans covered the song during "movie week" on UK show The X Factor. During the week, Evans met Dion who praised her version of the song telling her "at times I don't hit the notes that well."
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Live covers

  • Tina Arena sang the song as one of her songs on many of her concerts.
  • Late Japanese singer Minako Honda also sang it with lyrics on the screen.
  • Masae Ootani from Melon Kinenbi covered this song as part of their 2006 Live House Tour.
  • The company Wavegroup did a cover of the song for the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.
  • Belgian singer Sandra Kim sang this song in Dutch, French, and English at the 1998 Miss Belgium Competition.
  • Belinda Peregrin covered the song live in zocalo recorded for television.

Parodies

  • "Weird Al" Yankovic has a concert-only parody of "My Heart Will Go On" entitled "Free Delivery."
  • Eugene Levy, in character as lounge singer "Bobby Bittman," recorded a satirical parody of the song entitled "My Act Will Go On" for a live show.
  • In a spoof of 2007's Eurovision Song Contest's musical contest, the Gato Fedorento actors, in their show Diz Que É Uma Espécie de Magazine, invited the Portuguese singer Sabrina to sing this song, and in their sketch of an alternative reality, Portugal won the contest with this song.
  • Bette Midler performed an uptempo version of this song as her character, Delores DeLago (a wheelchair-bound mermaid, who longs for success) in her 1999 tour, Divine Miss Millennium.
  • Michael V. made a Tagalog parody of the song entitled "Ang Puso Ko ay Tutuloy" which he performed on the Musik Tagalog Bersyon segment of Bubble Gang.

In popular culture

See also

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  15. ^ Australian Singles Chart
  16. ^ German Singles Chart
  17. ^ Austrian Singles Chart
  18. ^ Belgian Flanders Singles Chart
  19. ^ Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart
  20. ^ Canadian Singles Chart
  21. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart
  22. ^ Danish Singles Chart
  23. ^ Dutch Singles Chart
  24. ^ European Singles Chart
  25. ^ Finnish Singles Chart
  26. ^ French Singles Chart
  27. ^ Greek Singles Chart
  28. ^ Irish Singles Chart
  29. ^ Italian Singles Chart
  30. ^ Japanese Singles Chart
  31. ^ New Zealand Singles Chart
  32. ^ Norwegian Singles Chart
  33. ^ Spanish Singles Chart
  34. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  35. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  36. ^ UK Singles Chart
  37. ^ Billboard Hot 100
  38. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
  39. ^ Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks
  40. ^ Latin Pop Airplay
  41. ^ Hot Latin Tracks
  42. ^ Latin Tropical Airplay
  43. ^ Rhythmic Top 40
  44. ^ Top 40 Mainstream
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