If someone brings up the movie Titanic, chances are your brain automatically thinks of that corny scene where Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are standing at the bow of the soon-to-sink ship, set to those oh so recognizably haunting woodwinds from Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” That song is one of the biggest and most recognizable movie songs of all time, and definitely Celine’s most popular. So you might be surprised to know that she never actually liked it!
When you have a massive song that wins you an Oscar for best song and sells over 15 million copies worldwide, making you very rich in the process, you think you would have some foresight to embrace the damn thing from the start. But not Ms. Dion. In a recent interview with BBC’s Jonathan Ross, the French Canadian singer said she didn’t like the song when she first heard it and never wanted to perform it.
“I didn’t want to sing ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Thank God they didn’t listen to me. I didn’t really like the song at first. I wasn’t sure. I did another song for a movie before and it was very successful and I thought we were pushing our luck…And he [my husband] said, ‘Let’s just do a demo, let’s give it a try and we’ll see after.’ The demo is actually the real recording, I never sang the song again. Except three million times after that live.
Dion went on to explain that she can’t shake the song after all these years.
“I’m going to die with this song. It’s a good problem to have, when you’re part of a classic and you know that you’re going to die with it. When I die though, please don’t play the song.”
I think if I were getting the royalties from that song, I’d be a lot more chipper about it!