The 20 best Diane Warren songs
Divas, raise your mics — Diane Warren is finally getting her Oscar! After nearly 40 years of churning out monster pop hits (and receiving 13 Oscar noms, but no wins) the Academy will be honoring the songwriter at the Governors Awards in November.
Though her name may not be instantly recognizable to some, if you've ever attended a wedding, prom, or karaoke night, you definitely know her songs, which have been belted out by a bevy of singularly named superstars from Cher to Beyoncé, Mariah to Celine, and Tina to Whitney.
But there's more to Warren than weepers — her catalog overflows with rock anthems, lush R&B dreams, and pop surprises. And you could argue (and we will) that late '90s blockbusters Con Air and Armageddon simply wouldn't have worked without Warren's sweeping ballads to enhance the emotional moments.
And while some might grumble that her work is formulaic, following a simple pattern that goes down easy as an In-N-Out burger (verse/chorus/verse/bridge) Warren's success is undeniable, as is her work ethic. Like a one-woman Brill Building, Warren treats songwriting like a 9-to-5, sitting at the piano (preferably alone) in her L.A. studio (a.k.a. the Cave, her debut album's namesake) churning out songs at a rate of one per week. Clearly, her workaday approach gets results — Warren has had nine No. 1 songs and 32 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100.
So let's turn down the lights, crank up the wind machine (or hair dryer), and sing along with our list of Diane Warren's 20 best songs.
"This Is for My Girls" (2016), Kelly Clarkson, Chloe x Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Zendaya