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Ask Billboard: Diane Warren’s Biggest Hot 100 Hits

From Celine to Cher, and Aerosmith to Aaliyah, the songwriter has been a force on the Hot 100 for more than 30 years.

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Hi Gary,

I am a child of the ’90s and I still listen to a lot of my favourite ’90s music to this day. A few years ago, I started researching all of my favourite ’90s pop/R&B/AC hits and realized that a majority had something in common: they were written by Diane Warren.


In honour of her recent Oscar nomination for the song “Til It Happens to You,” recorded by and co-written with Lady Gaga, could you kindly post a list of Warren’s biggest hits to date on the Billboard Hot 100?


(To my fellow American grammar police, I apologize in advance for my Canadian spelling of “honour” and “favourite.”)

John Tran
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Diane Warren Reacts to Best Song Oscar Nom, Explains How Lady Gaga ‘Took It to Another Level’

Hi John,

With so many Canadians conquering the Hot 100 of late, including Justin Bieber, no need to be “sorry.”

(The next Canadian, by the way, that could hit the upper reaches of U.S. charts? Shawn Hook, whose “Sound of Your Heart” debuts on Pop Songs this week at No. 40. The song was already a hit in Canada last year. He’s from British Columbia, too.)

As Warren is also one of my all-time personal favorite songwriters (Chicago’s “Chasin’ the Wind” is tops with me), happy to shine a spotlight on her top-performing Hot 100 hits.

She earned her breakthrough smash more than 30 years ago, when Laura Branigan’s “Solitaire” soared to No. 7, after she’d been hired as a staff writer by Branigan’s producer, (not that) Jack White. (She added English lyrics to Martine Clemenceau’s French original.) Meanwhile, her discography and stylistic scope as a writer is astonishing; since the ’80s, it’s really more a matter of for whom she hasn’t written songs, with Gaga and Bieber among the many for whom she has, from pop to R&B to rock, with some of her compositions even scaling Billboard‘s country charts.

(My favorite detail from Warren’s Wikipedia page, which really sums up the softie behind all those love songs: “She got into trouble and ran away as a teen but returned because she missed her cat.”)

Among Warren’s key stats: 32 top 10s and nine No. 1s on the Hot 100; 12 Grammy Award nominations (including one win); she wrote Aerosmith’s first Hot 100 No. 1 at last, after the band had been charting on the list for more than two decades; and, she boasts two of the top 13 hits in the Hot 100’s 57-year history, per the greatest Hot 100 songs of all-time, as tabulated via chart performance late last year. (Her charitable endeavors are impressive, too.)

Let’s rank her top 40 Hot 100 songs as a writer.

Diane Warren’s Biggest Billboard Hits:

Rank, Title, Artist, Hot 100 Peak Pos., Peak Date

1, HOW DO I LIVE, LeAnn Rimes, No. 2, 12/13/1997
2, UN-BREAK MY HEART, Toni Braxton, No. 1 (11 weeks), 12/7/1996
3, BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME, Celine Dion, No. 1 (6 weeks), 3/23/1996
4, LOOK AWAY, Chicago, No. 1 (2 weeks), 12/10/1988
5, NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW, Starship, No. 1 (2 weeks), 4/4/1987

6, BLAME IT ON THE RAIN, Milli Vanilli, No. 1 (2 weeks), 11/25/1989
7, WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE, Bad English, No. 1 (2 weeks), 11/11/1989
8, LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK, Taylor Dayne, No. 1 (1 week), 4/7/1990
9, DON’T TURN AROUND, Ace of Base, No. 4, 6/18/1994
10, RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT, DeBarge, No. 3, 4/27/1985

11, FOR YOU I WILL, Monica, No. 4, 4/19/1997
12, HAVE YOU EVER?, Brandy, No. 1 (2 weeks), 1/16/1999
13, IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME, Cher, No. 3, 9/23/1989
14, I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING, Aerosmith, No. 1 (4 weeks), 9/5/1998
15, I DON’T WANNA LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE, Chicago, No. 3, 8/27/1988

16, I GET WEAK, Belinda Carlisle, No. 2, 3/19/1988
17, HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS, Michael Bolton, No. 3, 5/5/1990
18, SAVING FOREVER FOR YOU, Shanice, No. 4, 1/30/1993
19, JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES, Cher, No. 8, 12/23/1989
20, I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER, Taylor Dayne, No. 4, 7/14/1990

21, TIME, LOVE AND TENDERNESS, Michael Bolton, No. 7, 9/14/1991
22, WHO WILL YOU RUN TO, Heart, No. 7, 10/3/1987
23, IF YOU ASKED ME TO, Celine Dion, No. 4, 7/11/1992
24, SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC, Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest, No. 6, 11/16/1991
25, WHEN I’M BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN, Michael Bolton, No. 7, 8/4/1990

26, SOLITAIRE, Laura Branigan, No. 7, 5/21/1983
27, I’LL NEVER GET OVER YOU (GETTING OVER ME), Expose, No. 8, 7/17/1993
28, I TURN TO YOU, Christina Aguilera, No. 3, 7/1/2000
29, THE ARMS OF THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU, Xscape, No. 7, 5/30/1998
30, THE ONE I GAVE MY HEART TO, Aaliyah, No. 9, 11/15/1997

31, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, Joe Cocker, No. 11, 1/20/1990
32, CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT, LeAnn Rimes, No. 11, 3/2/2002
33, MUSIC OF MY HEART, ‘N Sync & Gloria Estefan, No. 2, 10/16/1999
34, YOUR BABY NEVER LOOKED GOOD IN BLUE, Expose, No. 17, 5/26/1990
35, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING, Cher, No. 17, 8/3/1991

36, LIVE FOR LOVING YOU, Gloria Estefan, No. 22, 12/14/1991
37, THERE YOU’LL BE, Faith Hill, No. 10, 6/30/2001
38, EVERYTHING CHANGES, Kathy Troccoli, No. 14, 4/25/1992
39, MISSING YOU NOW, Michael Bolton, No. 12, 3/14/1992
40, THROUGH THE STORM, Aretha Franklin & Elton John, No. 16, 5/27/1989

Diane Warren’s Biggest Billboard Hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the Feb. 6, 2016, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, certain eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.