If You Asked Me To

"If You Asked Me To"

UK vinyl single
Single by Patti LaBelle
from the album Be Yourself & Licence to Kill
Released June 12, 1989 (1989-06-12)
Recorded 1989
Length 3:58
Label MCA
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Patti LaBelle singles chronology
"Kiss Away the Pain"
"If You Asked Me To"
"Yo Mister"
Music video
"If You Asked Me To" on YouTube

"If You Asked Me To" is a song written by Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by American singer Patti LaBelle for her ninth studio album, Be Yourself (1989), and 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 self-titled second studio album. Released as the album's second single, her version topped the Canadian charts and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.


"If You Asked Me To" was first featured on the soundtrack of the 1989 James Bond movie, Licence to Kill. LaBelle's version peaked at number 79 on the U.S. 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

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.

Chart performance

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]

Celine Dion version

"If You Asked Me To"

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

Celine Dion's version of "If You Asked Me To" was released it as the second single from her 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.[4] "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.

Music video

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.

Chart performance

The song was a hit in the United States and Canada. "If You Asked Me To" reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and did even better on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, spending three weeks at number 1. Also in Canada, it reached number 1. 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.


In 1993, "If You Asked Me To" won an ASCAP Pop Award for most performed song in the United States.[5] 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").[6]

AllMusic senior editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine picked it as one of standout songs together with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Love Can Move Mountains".[7]

Formats and track listings

U.S. 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


Weekly charts

Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 52
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[10] 1
Canada (The Record's Retail Singles Chart)[11] 3
Canada (The Record's Contemporary Hit Radio)[12] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 57
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[18] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[19] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[20] 264
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 28
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21] 3

Other cover versions

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.[22]

See also


  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. Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5.
  5. "ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards: 1993". IMDb. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  6. "Awards: Artist Summary". CARAS. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  7. Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  8. Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  9. "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2151." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  10. "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 2166." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  11. "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. June 27, 1992. p. 40. Retrieved June 2, 2015.
  12. Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1.
  13. "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 36, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  14. "Single Top 100". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  15. "Céline Dion - If You Asked Me To (Song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  16. "Celine Dion: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  17. "Celine Dion – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Celine Dion. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  18. "Celine Dion – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Celine Dion. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  19. "The RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  20. "Jaarlijsten 1992" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  21. 1 2 "The Year in Music: 1992" (PDF). Billboard. December 26, 1992. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  22. "If You Asked Me To" music video UnOfficially Yours Theme Song on YouTube via Star Cinema's YouTube
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