Admit it—”My Heart Will Go On” is a pretty solid pop song, right? I talk about just that, nodding to both the lovers and the haters, over on Medium.
Here’s an excerpt:
That “My Heart Will Go On” has left such a mark on the pop world and in the hearts of hopeless romantics does somewhat defy comprehension. Written by composer James Horner and lyricist Will Jennings, it is one of the best-selling singles of all time — it received more than 60 million audio and video streams in 2016 alone — but not particularly one of the most rewarding. The chorus alone, composed of lyrics like “you’re here, there’s nothing I fear/and I know that my heart will go on” is saccharine and simplistic, almost eyeroll-inducing in its sheer corniness. As love songs go, there’s nothing particularly special about it, but Dion’s impressive vocals coupled with its inclusion in one of the biggest movies of all time has created a powerhouse ballad cataclysm that we seem to have no chance of ever escaping from.