During the ‘90s it was next to impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Diane Warren song — it’s just that you may have never realized you were listening to a Diane Warren song. The prolific songwriter had a huge career over the past three decades penning hits for Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. (The same artists that dominated VH1 back in the heyday of music videos.) At one point she had seven hits by seven different artists on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.
After awhile, Warren songs became recognizable for their distinct sound. Typically a power ballad, Warren’s music incorporated heartbreak-fueled lyrics, drippy orchestral arrangements, and—most likely—Dion’s signature wail. While Warren produced hit after hit, her songs weren’t exactly ones that you blasted at parties. Instead, you found yourself secretly singing them in the shower, or alone in the car, or even at high school talent shows—just to prove how talented you were.
So what DW song did you love? We gathered 10 of her best for you to belt out in the shower next time you’re home:
“Because You Loved Me,” Celine Dion
A trend among Warren’s songs, this Dion hit was written for the Up Close & Personal soundtrack and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996.
“Can’t Fight The Moonlight,” LeAnn Rimes
Another track written for a movie soundtrack, “Can’t Fight The Moonlight” was the centerpiece of Coyote Ugly. The song was even performed by Rimes in the finale scene of the film.
“Don’t Turn Around,” Ace of Base
Originally written for and recorded by Tina Turner, the song most became popular as a hit for Ace of Base—reaching number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“For You I Will,” Monica
“For You I Will” is another classic Warren-penned track. It’s was written for the Space Jam soundtrack, features a sweeping backing symphony and slots in Monica for the standard Dion.
“How Do I Live,” Trisha Yearwood
The tale of “How Do I Live” is a strange one. Originally written for and recorded by Rimes, Yearwood covered the song for the Con Air soundtrack and both versions were released on the same day. Both singers were up for the same Grammy Award, which ultimately went to Yearwood.
“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” Aerosmith
The song—written for the Armageddon starring Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler—became Aerosmith’s biggest hit after 28 years together. The mammoth hit revitalized the band’s career and stayed atop of the charts for four weeks.
“If I Could Turn Back Time,” Cher
An early hit for Warren, “If I Could Turn Back Time” became a big comeback single for Cher. (A trend later repeated for Aerosmith and a few other artists.) Early in her career, Warren penned a number more dance-friendly hits.
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” Starship
Several Oscar nominated songs appear on the list, including this 1986 hit written for the romantic comedy Mannequin.
“Rhythm Of The Night,” DeBarge
Among Warren’s earliest hits was the dance-pop record before the writer became pigeonholed into writing ballads.
“Un-Break My Heart,” Toni Braxton
1996 was a breakout year for Toni Braxton thanks to this ballad and her sultry hit, “You’re Makin’ Me High.” The former along with Warren’s hits for Dion cemented the writer as the go-to balladeer.