The song, “The Power Of Love”, was originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984
The ultimate eternal romantic anthem “The Power Of Love” was written by Gunther Mende, Candy DeRouge, Mary Susan Applegate and a then struggling British singer called Jennifer Rush (real name Heidi Stern, born 1960) in 1984. It was Rush’s breakout single having released a number of tracks since 1982, none of which had charted. That was corrected when “The Power Of Love” went to number one in the UK (where it has sold more than 1.4 million copies), Australia, Canada and five other countries in early 1985. The song was delayed in America and released there in January 1986, where it eventually spent ten weeks on the chart, peaking at No.57.
The song was covered by Air Supply in 1985 who took their version to No.68 Stateside and by Laura Branigan in 1987, who reached No.26 there, significantly higher than Rush’s original. But by far the biggest and best known cover came from Celine Dion in 1993/94 as the lead single from her album “The Colour Of My Love“. Her version topped the US singles chart selling over 1.4 million copies as well as making No.1 in her come country, Canada and in Australia, together with a top ten placing in a further fifteen countries worldwide, including the UK, where it peaked at No.4 becoming, at the time, her most successful single in that territory.
But which one is the best? JENNIFER’s original or CELINE’s cover?