Celine Dion & Clive Griffin – “When I Fall in Love” – (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle may have been the defining “chick flick” or romantic comedy of the 90s. It was produced by David Foster and recorded by Celine Dion – who was coming on strong about this time – and Clive Griffin. Griffin’s spot was supposed to be Stevie Wonder, but I think that may have overshadowed everything. This is Griffin’s best-known work and biggest hit. This is a Grammy-winning song but it wasn’t eligible for an Oscar as it wasn’t original. The song appeared first on the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack before coming out on Celine’s The Colour of My Love later that year.

Celine Dion & R. Kelly – “I’m Your Angel” – (1998)

This #1 hit from late 1998 appeared on albums by both Celine Dion and R. Kelly. It was the first #1 that took Billboard’s new rules into account regarding tracks that were never officially released as a single (otherwise referred to as “airplay-only”). This is neither artist’s best song although even if it was a big smash.

Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli – “The Prayer” – (1998)

Here’s a Christmas song that really isn’t a Christmas song. It’s religious – but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily about Christmas – even if it was on Celine Dion’s 1998 Christmas album (it was on a standard non-Holiday Andrea Bocelli album). It was featured in the movie Quest for Camelot and won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy. The vocals here, as you can probably guess, are amazing. Celine re-recorded this with Josh Groban in 2008, but the original is better. It was a minor hit in the U.S. and a slightly bigger one in Canada.

Celine Dion – “If You Asked Me To” – (1992)

Originally recorded by Patti LaBelle for the soundtrack to the late-80s James Bond movie License to Kill, “If You Asked Me To” was the second single from Celine Dion’s eponymous album, released in 1992. It was a top five hit in the U.S. and a #1 in Canada. You’d be hard-pressed to listen to any Celine Dion song and say it was a cover because she has such a unique voice. And this was one of the very first hits that showcased that unique voice that would become one of the biggest of the 1990s.

Celine Dion – “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” – (1996)

This is the “Total Eclipse of the Heart” of the 1990s. Maybe it’s the curtains blowing in open windows in the music video. Maybe it’s the haunting, building ballad. Actually, yeah, it’s both. Meat Loaf wanted to record this originally (the songwriter said no), and it sounds like something he’d do. The song was actually done originally by Pandora’s Box who went on to do, well, nothing else. The song was written about Wuthering Heights, which is kinda cool. The song turned out to be pretty big, hitting #2 on the Hot 100 (and #1 in other countries). It’s probably the biggest non-Titanic related-song of Celine Dion’s career. The song is kind of eerie and honestly, as much as I like to poke fun at Celine Dion’s songs, pretty damned good. So there, take that. Oh, and Meat Loaf did finally get to record it in 2006.

#136 – Céline Dion – “My Heart Will Go On” – (1997)

You know this was going to pop up eventually, after all Titanic is the biggest movie of all time. Plus, the song dominated the Grammys and won an Oscar – it was everywhere. Now, Céline Dion had numerous other hits during the 90s, none of which managed to make this list – but don’t worry, we’ll cover those once this list is over – because there are other things to talk about here. For instance, when this song hit number one and was insanely popular, there was a movie mix that was played on radio (and eventually released on the second Titanic soundtrack – yes, that’s right, they released another soundtrack). There was another semi-popular song from the first soundtrack, James Horner’s “Southampton” – and I swear I remember it having its own movie mix but I have not been able to find it anywhere. Speaking of movie mixes, I feel compelled to mention Bruce Springsteen’s “Secret Garden.” The Jerry Maguire movie mix was just as popular at the time. And while we’re talking about Bruce Springsteen songs from soundtracks from movies of the 1990s, I guess I could throw in “Streets of Philadelphia,” the Grammy and Oscar award winning song from the Tom Hanks film Philadelphia.