by SamanTha Highfill

Diane Warren reminisces about her biggest hits and how they were made.

Diane Warren’s Biggest Hits

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Warren says: “She hated it. I literally had to get on my knees and hold her leg down in the lounge of a recording studio.”

“If I Could Turn Back Time"

“I remember just sitting at the piano and starting that chorus. I went and played it for Clive Davis. He was at the Beverly Hills Hotel and I played it on a piano and he was like, ‘Oh, I have to have that song for Toni Braxton. You have to demo that right now.’ She didn't really want to do that song.” 

“Un-Break My Heart”
Toni Braxton

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“I remember it was a Friday and Jon Avnet, the director of Up Close and Personal, showed me the movie and told me what he was looking for. I came up with that chorus on Saturday, ‘You were my strength when I was weak.’” 

“Because You Loved Me”
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