“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
“My Heart Will Go On” happens to be the theme song of 1997 movie, Titanic, from the main character Rose’s perspective. She tells her lover Jack who died in the sinking of the ship, that he still exists in her heart and mind.
The singer talks about the distances and spaces as a major factor that separates them. Distance, being their social classes; Rose was born into a rich family, while Jack had little to his name. Again, Jack dies during the sinking of Titanic, leaving a vast distance between them forever. This is why, the singer stresses that it doesn’t matter where they both find themselves, but she will continue to love and keep him in her heart.
The main concept Celine sings about is that the couple had the purest form of love, and such is impossible to forget. She further promises to keep his memories safe in her heart throughout her lifetime.
Writing Credits for “My Heart Will Go On”
Songwriter Will Jennings teamed up with co-producer, James Horner in composing this song. Record producers, Simon Franglen and Walter Afanasieff both contributed to the production of this classic.
A Titanic Song
The track was written specifically for the 1997 American romantic disaster movie, Titanic. The movie stars Hollywood actors Kate Winslet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Release Date of “My Heart Will Go On”
Released as a single on the 8th of December 1997, this song went on to become one of the greatest selling songs in history. It also represents one of Céline Dion’s best-ever singles, and ultimately her signature song.
Dion included this on her 5th English studio album, dubbed, Let’s Talk About Love, where it appears as the 11th track on the album. The track is also included on some of her compilation albums, including All The Way… A Decade of Song of 1999 and The Best so Far…2018 Tour Edition.
The visuals for “My Heart Will Go On” were released in December 1997. The clip was directed by a famous music video director, Bille Woodruff, which was his first video project for Dion.
Success and Accolades
The single received generally positive reviews from all angles. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) included it in their list of Songs of the Century.
“My Heart Will Go On” was at the receiving end of multiple awards and nominations. It picked awards in numerous categories at the Grammy awards of 1999. It won in the following categories:
- Song of the Year
- Record of the Year
- Song Written for Visual Media
- Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
In addition to the aforementioned awards, this single also won the 1998 Golden Globe Award in the category of Best Original Song.
“My Heart Will Go On” was nominated for two awards at the 1998 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. However, it was unsuccessful in both categories, losing the award for Best Video from a Film to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and the award for Viewer’s Choice went to Puff Daddy’s “It’s All About the Benjamins”.
Cover Versions of “My Heart Will Go On”
This track has been covered by dozens of artists. Some of these artists comprise American jazz artist, Kenny G (in 1997), legendary Jamaican songstress, Pam Hall (in 1998), and Neil Diamond (in 1998).
DJ Tony Moran performed a remix of “My Heart Will Go On” in 1998. That same year, other musical artists like Mark Roberts, Richie Jones, and Soul Solution all released their versions of this track.
Germany singer, Sarah Connor’s 2004 song, “Living to Love You” contains samples of “My Heart Will Go On”. Several other songs also include samples of this tune in them, including the 2009 song, “Everyday Normal Guy 2” by Canadian singer/comedian, Jon Lajoie.
“My Heart Will Go On” dominated the worldwide charts, peaking at No.1 in almost every nation one can think of. The likes of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Belgium are some of the nations where this song reached number 1.