Céline Dion is one of pop’s all-time greatest voices and without a doubt THE voice of the 1990s.
She’s worked with the best producers and songwriters – from David Foster to Walter Afanasieff, Jean-Jacques Goldman and many more – and has always elevated their songs to heights only she can reach.
Céline Dion has an “international” career (in English), and a French career. If you are not familiar with her French songs, there are some real gems that I hope you will discover with this blog.
Rather than pointlessly rehash her biography and numerous achievements, I’m going to leave you with a list of personal favorites and greatest hits from Céline’s repertoire, with links to the official YouTube videos whenever available and the full playlist below and on my YouTube channel:
Written by Jacques Veneruso Produced by Erick Benzi From 2003’s “1 fille et 4 types” A stylistic departure, “1 fille et 4 types” (1 girl & 4 guys) is a great pop-rock album, with hints of blues and folk. The “4 guys” being the cream of the crop of French songwriters and producers: Jacques Veneruso, Erick Benzi, Gildas Arzel and Jean-Jacques Goldman.
Written by Aldo Nova, Stephan Moccio Produced by Ric Wake, Walter Afanasieff, Aldo Nova, Richie Jones, Christian B, and Marc Dold From 2002’s “A New Day Has Come” Not sure why it took six producers but this is one where the many cooks didn’t spoil the broth! I love the drum break before the chorus – that makes the whole song for me.
Written by Max Martin, Kristian Lundin and Andreas Carlsson Produced by Max Martin and Kristian Lundin From 1999’s “All the Way… A Decade of Song The Swedish are the best at pop, and Max Martin is the best of the best. Great track.
S’il suffisait d’aimer
Written and produced by Jean-Jacques Goldman From 1998’s “S’il suffisait d’aimer” Beautiful melody from Jean-Jacques Goldman, the “godfather” of French pop and one of my all-time favorite artists and songwriters.
Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb Produced by Walter Afanasieff From 1997’s “Let’s Talk About Love” A beautiful track from the Gibb brothers, who remind us here what great songwriters they are. I remember seeing a documentary on TV, with the brother Gibbs meeting Céline in the studio, and hearing her sing their song for the first time. A very emotional moment that brought Barry Gibb to tears… I found the clip on YouTube here.
Written by James Horner and Will Jennings Produced by Simon Franglen, James Horner and Walter Afanasieff From 1997’s “Let’s Talk About Love” and the “Titanic” movie soundtrack One of the biggest-selling singles of all time with over 15 million copies (not including album sales)… enough said!
Written by Eric Carmen and Sergei Rachmaninoff Produced by David Foster and John Fields From 1996’s “Falling Into You” The definitive version of Eric Carmen’s classic. The modulation after the final break brings a tear to my eye, every time (seriously!)
Written by Gunther Mende, Candy DeRouge, Jennifer Rush and Mary Susan Applegate Produced by David Foster From 1993’s “The Colour of My Love” Here again, Céline Dion’s take on the Jennifer Rush classic is the definitive version. Great build up.
Written by Edward Heyman and Victor Young Produced by David Foster From 1993’s “The Colour of My Love” and the “Sleepless in Seattle” movie soundtrack A great version of the 1950s classic, with beautiful harmonies by Dion and Griffin.