Céline Dion – 1,000,000 = 1 Barenaked Ladies song

Céline’s remix of the Barenaked Ladies song If I Had $1,000,000 has set the internet alight after Herve Poisson, a French house DJ, uploaded a 2.1 minute version to his YouTube channel. The track,…

Céline Dion – 1,000,000 = 1 Barenaked Ladies song

Céline’s remix of the Barenaked Ladies song If I Had $1,000,000 has set the internet alight after Herve Poisson, a French house DJ, uploaded a 2.1 minute version to his YouTube channel. The track, one of several in the singer’s current set at the Rio reggae festival in Brazil, was originally included on a Barenaked Ladies album released back in 1996 and remains a chart hit in Canada. The video for it has also circulated online.

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The original version of the song was written by the Canadian band’s Dean Bernard, and the band’s Bobby Ricci composed the synth-pop version. It is fitting, then, that what has become known as Céline’s remix is so popular on social media: its icy techno beats resonate with the fervent nostalgia many have for millennial nostalgia. The internet has a seemingly unsolvable fascination with Dion’s reemergence, which is, of course, a joyful if frustrating occurrence. Recently, she revealed she was suffering a health crisis that put her in hospital earlier this year. The excitement surrounding her performance at the event in Brazil reflects the desire to somehow, even when this presents itself to be, as it does here, a thoughtful and wry commentary on mortality.

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