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If You Asked Me To .. Celine Dion
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Erik Santos & Angeline Quinto - If You Asked Me Too Official Music Video
Published: 2014/03/10
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If you asked me to by Erik Santos & Angeline Quinto
If you asked me to by Erik Santos & Angeline Quinto
Published: 2013/06/20
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if you asked me to lyrics by mymp
if you asked me to lyrics by mymp
Published: 2012/04/26
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MacKenzie Porter - If You Ask Me To
MacKenzie Porter - If You Ask Me To
Published: 2014/03/18
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Boyz II Men - If You Asked Me To (Live)
Boyz II Men - If You Asked Me To (Live)
Published: 2017/03/08
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♫ Céline Dion ► If you asked me to ♫
♫ Céline Dion ► If you asked me to ♫
Published: 2008/03/31
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Patti Labelle - If you asked me to (Lyrics)
Patti Labelle - If you asked me to (Lyrics)
Published: 2013/11/26
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Brian McKnight "If You Ask Me To"
Brian McKnight "If You Ask Me To"
Published: 2011/11/23
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CÉLINE DION - If you ask me to (Live / En public) 1992
CÉLINE DION - If you ask me to (Live / En public) 1992
Published: 2013/08/18
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James Bond (Licence To Kill): If You Asked Me To (end credits song)
James Bond (Licence To Kill): If You Asked Me To (end credits song)
Published: 2011/04/07
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If You Asked Me To by Angeline Quinto (UnOfficially Yours OST2)
If You Asked Me To by Angeline Quinto (UnOfficially Yours OST2)
Published: 2012/01/26
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if you asked me to/m y m p
Published: 2016/01/30
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Licence to Kill End Credits - If You Asked Me To - 24FPS
Licence to Kill End Credits - If You Asked Me To - 24FPS
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Patti Labelle - If you Asked me To Live in NY
Patti Labelle - If you Asked me To Live in NY
Published: 2008/03/07
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CÉLINE DION - If You Ask Me To (Live / En public) 1992
CÉLINE DION - If You Ask Me To (Live / En public) 1992
Published: 2014/03/01
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Céline Dion - If You Asked Me To (Live The Colour of My Love concert)
Céline Dion - If You Asked Me To (Live The Colour of My Love concert)
Published: 2013/06/21
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Celine Dion - If You Asked Me To - HD
Celine Dion - If You Asked Me To - HD
Published: 2012/07/01
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CELINE DION - "If You Asked Me To" Live (REACTION)
CELINE DION - "If You Asked Me To" Live (REACTION)
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Soundtrack Licence To Kill - Patti LaBelle**If You Asked Me To** - Diane Warren
Soundtrack Licence To Kill - Patti LaBelle**If You Asked Me To** - Diane Warren
Published: 2011/09/30
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MYMP - If You Asked Me To
MYMP - If You Asked Me To
Published: 2012/04/15
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Kimberly Locke If You Asked Me To
Kimberly Locke If You Asked Me To
Published: 2006/12/06
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IF YOU ASKED ME TO by Celine Dion
IF YOU ASKED ME TO by Celine Dion
Published: 2015/10/07
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03 Erik Santos - If You Asked Me To (from Unofficially Yours)
Published: 2013/08/08
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If You Asked Me To  - Patti Labelle
If You Asked Me To - Patti Labelle
Published: 2015/11/18
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Patti labelle - If you asked me too - Live one Night Only - HD
Patti labelle - If you asked me too - Live one Night Only - HD
Published: 2009/12/21
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Patti LaBelle - If You Asked Me To
Patti LaBelle - If You Asked Me To
Published: 2008/10/01
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Celine Dion ~ If You Asked Me To Lyrics
Celine Dion ~ If You Asked Me To Lyrics
Published: 2012/01/11
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Patti LaBelle  "If You Ask Me To"
Patti LaBelle "If You Ask Me To"
Published: 2013/10/09
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If You Asked Me To Lyrics - Angeline Quinto
If You Asked Me To Lyrics - Angeline Quinto
Published: 2012/02/01
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Mackenzie porter; if you ask me to
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Patti LaBelle with Diane Warren If You Asked Me To / Sing A Song [Live]
Patti LaBelle with Diane Warren If You Asked Me To / Sing A Song [Live]
Published: 2011/04/01
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If You Asked Me To
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05. If You Asked Me To
05. If You Asked Me To
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If You Asked Me To (Karaoke) - Style of Celine Dion
If You Asked Me To (Karaoke) - Style of Celine Dion
Published: 2014/08/10
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Celine Dion & Patti La Belle - if you asked me to
Celine Dion & Patti La Belle - if you asked me to
Published: 2012/12/12
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Waylon Jennings - You Ask Me To
Waylon Jennings - You Ask Me To
Published: 2008/04/07
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If you asked me to - acoustic cover
If you asked me to - acoustic cover
Published: 2016/08/22
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If You Asked Me To
If You Asked Me To
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If You Asked Me To - Celine Dion - Piano
If You Asked Me To - Celine Dion - Piano
Published: 2014/06/06
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Waylon Jennings - You Ask Me To
Waylon Jennings - You Ask Me To
Published: 2011/02/15
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Mackenzie Porter - If You Asked Me To (Shelby O'Leary)
Published: 2014/07/27
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Published: 2010/11/03
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Patti LaBelle - If You Asked Me To (Atlanta, 2017)
Published: 2017/08/28
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Johnny Mathis - If You Asked Me To
Johnny Mathis - If You Asked Me To
Published: 2012/09/23
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If You Asked Me To by Erik Santos (UnOfficially Yours OST1)
Published: 2012/01/26
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Johnny Mathis - If You Asked Me To (R&K)
Published: 2012/10/21
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If You Asked Me To (Karaoke) - Celine Dion
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"If You Asked Me To"
Patti-la-belle-if-you-asked-me-too-mca.jpg
UK vinyl single
Single by Patti LaBelle
from the album Be Yourself and Licence to Kill
Released 12 June 1989 (1989-06-12)
Format
Recorded 1989
Length 3:58
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s)
Patti LaBelle singles chronology
"Kiss Away the Pain"
(1986)
"'If You Asked Me To'"
(1989)
"Yo Mister"
(1989)
"Kiss Away the Pain"
(1986)
"If You Asked Me To"
(1989)
"Yo Mister"
(1989)
Music video
"If You Asked Me To" on YouTube

"If You Asked Me To" is a song written by American songwriter Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by American singer Patti LaBelle for her ninth album Be Yourself (1989), and also for the soundtrack of the James Bond film Licence to Kill. The lyrics are from the point of view of a woman who pleads to her significant other:

"If you asked me to
I just might change my mind
And let you in my life forever."

Three years later, Canadian singer Celine Dion covered "If You Asked Me To" for her 1992 self-titled second album. Released as the album's second single, her version topped the Canadian charts and peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

"If You Asked Me To" was first featured on the soundtrack of the 1989 James Bond movie, Licence to Kill. The song's title refers to dialogue from the film. LaBelle's version peaked at number 79 on the US Billboard Hot 100, at number 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs,[1] and at number 11 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks.

This version of the song appeared on the daytime soap opera General Hospital in 1989.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed the day after the funeral of LaBelle's sister Jacqueline "Jackie" Padgett who died of lung cancer at age 43. (She was the third of LaBelle's sisters to die; all three of Patti's sisters died before age 44.) As such, the context of the song changed dramatically, as a mourning LaBelle, dressed in black, sings the song in a church (with candles and mourning lilies), intercut with shots of her in tears.

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Despite being a Top 10 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts,[2] the song did not crossover to the pop charts until Celine Dion covered it three years later. Regarding the subject, LaBelle once explained during an interview used for the liner notes of her 1999 Greatest Hits album what she believed to be the reason for this fact: "I knew the song was a hit when I recorded it, and I was happy that Celine did it and did so well with it. But the arrangements are so close and we both have pretty powerful voices...so who knows why my version didn't take off. Maybe it was timing..."[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 79
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 10

Celine Dion version[edit]

"If You Asked Me To"
Celine Dion - If You Asked Me To.jpg
American CD single
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Celine Dion
B-side "Love You Blind"
Released 13 April 1992 (1992-04-13)
Format
Recorded
  • Criterion Studios
  • Village Recorders
  • Music Grinder
  • Oceanway Studios
Genre
Length 3:54
Label
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Guy Roche
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Je danse dans ma tête"
(1992)
"If You Asked Me To"
(1992)
"Nothing Broken but My Heart"
(1992)
"Je danse dans ma tête"
(1992)
"If You Asked Me To"
(1992)
"Nothing Broken but My Heart"
(1992)
Music video
"If You Asked Me To" on YouTube

Celine Dion's version of "If You Asked Me To" was released as the second single from her 1992 eponymous album. It was produced by Guy Roche and was released in April 1992 in Canada and the United States, and later the same year in the rest of the world.[7] "If You Asked Me To" was included on the North American versions of Dion's greatest hits All the Way… A Decade of Song in 1999 and My Love: Essential Collection in 2008.

The single's non-album B-side was "Love You Blind", written by Jay Oliver and Sheryl Crow, and produced by Walter Afanasieff.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine picked it as one of standout songs together with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Love Can Move Mountains".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single was a hit in the United States and Canada. "If You Asked Me To" reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, and did even better on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, spending three weeks at number one. Also in Canada, it reached number one. The single had moderate success elsewhere. "If You Asked Me To" was released twice in the United Kingdom: first, in June 1992, when it peaked at number 60, and the second time in December 1992, when it reached number 57.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Dominic Orlando and filmed in Chatsworth and Hollywood, Los Angeles. It was released in April 1992 and included later on Dion's 2001 DVD video collection All the Way… A Decade of Song & Video.

Accolades[edit]

In 1993, "If You Asked Me To" won an ASCAP Pop Award for most performed song in the United States.[9] It was also nominated for the Billboard Music Award for Hot Adult Contemporary Single of the Year and Juno Award for Single of the Year (the latter was won by Dion's "Beauty and the Beast").[10]

Track listing and formats[edit]

US CD single

  1. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:54
  2. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – 4:32

Worldwide CD single

  1. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:54
  2. "Love You Blind" – 4:35

Australian/European CD maxi single

  1. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:54
  2. "Love You Blind" – 4:35
  3. "Halfway to Heaven" – 5:05

UK CD maxi single

  1. "If You Asked Me To" – 3:54
  2. "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" – 4:32
  3. "Love You Blind" – 4:35

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States[25] 28 April 1992
  • 7"
  • CD
  • cassette
United Kingdom[25] 22 June 1992

Other cover versions[edit]

In 1998, American Balladeer Crooner Johnny Mathis covered his version from his album Because You Loved Me. In 2006, Filipino band MYMP covered this song for their live album MYMP Live at the Music Museum and released it as single. In 2012, Filipino singers Erik Santos and Angeline Quinto recorded their version of the song for the film Unofficially Yours.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 337. 
  2. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  3. ^ Patti LaBelle Biography
  4. ^ "Patti LaBelle Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Patti LaBelle Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Patti LaBelle Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  8. ^ Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  9. ^ "ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: 1993". IMDb. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Gavin Ryan (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  12. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2151." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2166." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. 27 June 1992. p. 40. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  15. ^ Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 36, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Céline Dion – If You Asked Me To" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Céline Dion – If You Asked Me To". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Celine Dion Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Celine Dion Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  22. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1992". RPM. 19 December 1992. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "The Year in Music: 1992" (PDF). Billboard. 26 December 1992. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "Celine Dion – If You Asked Me To". Discogs. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "If You Asked Me To" music video UnOfficially Yours Theme Song on YouTube via Star Cinema's YouTube

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