Céline Dion

My Heart Will Go On

Composed by James Horner / Will Jennings

Song Review by

Though she was already one of the biggest pop divas of the '90s, Celine Dion's massive popularity was reaffirmed once more with her 1997 smash "My Heart Will Go On." Like virtually everything and everybody associated with Titanic, the song exploded onto pop culture's radar and kept a surprisingly strong hold of its attention span, never straying too far from the top of the charts throughout 1998.

Dion had already had success with soundtrack-based singles like "Beauty and the Beast" (her 1991 duet with Peabo Bryson) and "Because You Loved Me" (from 1996's Up Close & Personal), but the unparalleled popularity of James Cameron's star-crossed love story meant even more exposure for Dion's single, making it popular with Leonardo DiCaprio-obsessed teenyboppers as well as with her own, more mature fan base.

Just as the movie's success spurred an intense (if brief) fascination with everything related to the ill-fated ship, "My Heart Will Go On" launched a fleet of covers. Artists like James Galway and the Belfast Harp Orchestra developed the song's lilting Celtic elements (which also run through the rest of James Horner's lavish score), while many others aped Dion's dance-pop version, which was released as an international single. Still others, such as Erich Kunzel and the Royal Britannia Orchestra, reinterpreted the song as an orchestral piece along the lines of the rest of the film's soundtrack, and many instrumental versions appeared on wedding and mood music compilations.

Interestingly, while well-known, mainstream instrumentalists like John Tesh and Kenny G have covered the song, Neil Diamond is one of the few popular singers to reinterpret it, so much so is "My Heart Will Go On" associated with Celine Dion. Indeed, her performances of it on VH1 Divas, the 1998 Grammy Awards (wearing the film's "Heart of the Sea" pendant, no less), and on her 1997 album Let's Talk About Love have cemented "My Heart Will Go On" as the quintessence of Dion's sweeping, romantic style.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Oh What a Feeling, Vol. 2: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music 1996
Various Artists
Canadian Academy of Recording Art 5:09
Let's Talk About Love 1997 550 Music 4:40
At the Movies EP 1997 Sony Music Distribution 4:40
No Image 1998 5:10
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Master Beat
Master Beat: Session 10 1998
Various Artists
Master Beat 9:37
Immortality 1998 Sony Music Distribution 9:42
Kuschelrock, Vol. 12 1998 Columbia 4:39
These Are Special Times 1998 550 Music 0:00
Fresh Hits '98 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Most Wanted Music, Vol. 7 1998
Various Artists
Ghe 4:21
Much Dance 1999 [#2] 1998
Various Artists
BMG 4:13
Sun Jammin' 98 1998 Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Valentines Day Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Columbia
1999 Grammy Nominees: Mainstream 1999
Various Artists
Elektra 4:41
The All Time Greatest Movie Songs 1999
Various Artists
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 4:41
Most Beautiful Melodies of the Century: The Power of Love 1999
Various Artists
Reader's Digest Music 0:00
Movie Music: The Definitive Performances 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:42
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:42
All the Way: A Decade of Song 1999 Epic / 550 Music 4:42
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:40
Kuschelrock: Movie Songs - Special Edition - Die Schönsten Aller Zeiten 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:39
Top of the Pops [1999] 1999
Various Artists
BMG 4:17
That's the Way It Is 2000 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 0:00
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:40
All the Way: A Decade of Song [Video/DVD] 2000 Epic
Au Coeur du Stade [DVD] 2001 Sony Music Distribution
Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Songs 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 5:10
All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:40
Au Coeur de Stade/A L'Oly 2003 Columbia
Love Song Dedications, Vol. 5 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:41
MTV Asia Aid [#1] 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:38
Let's Talk About Love/Falling into You/A New Day Has Come 2008 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 0:00
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records
Take My Breath Away [Sony/BMG] 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:41
My Love: Essential Collection 2008 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 0:00
Klinelåter Fra Kinomørket 2008
Various Artists
McMusic 5:09
The Collection: Let's Talk About Love/Falling into You/A New Day Has Come 2009 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 4:41
The Essential Celine Dion 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Legacy 4:40
Now That's What I Call a No. 1 2012
Various Artists
EMI / Joint Venture 4:36
Party Tyme Karaoke: Billboard Top 40 Karaoke, Vol. 6
Karaoke
Sybersound Records 4:29
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:41