First Hit #1: March 23, 1996
I can understand liking Because You Loved Me. It’s sincere, it’s vaguely inspiring, it’s a pretty simple lyrical message and doesn’t take a lot to understand. But, my god, do I hate Because You Loved Me. It’s just everything wrong with a mid-90s ballad, tied to a fairly repetitive premise and a generally boring structure. Add to the fact that it was played large amounts, everything I didn’t very much has just been pounded into my head until I hated the song. I might have called One Sweet Day treacle, and maybe it is, but it at least had a bit chorus and felt as though everyone involved was channeling some real emotion in the recording. Dion is kind of phoning it in here – which is a weird thing to say about a woman who does a rather nutty sustained note at one point – because she doesn’t sound that engaged by the material. But maybe I’m projecting, maybe it’s because I’m not engaged by what is essentially a grocery list of devotion, and I can’t spot anything particularly special about the song before me. It’s just Velveeta, and all that implies.