PUBLIC OPINION > The 'Titanic' Song Will Go On
Music 2012/04/02 13:00:00
"Titanic" is going to hit theaters once again this Friday, this time in 3D, and for diehard fans that's no doubt great news. For stars of the legendary film, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, it's bittersweet. Interviewers and reporters finally have an excuse to return to a subject Leo and Kate were glad to be rid of, and perhaps more importantly, that Celine Dion song. You know the one: "Near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on," etc., etc., flute solo, etc. In fact, Kate's so sick of it, she says it literally makes her sick to her stomach. And can you blame her? Even the best of songs will grate the nerves when played too often. We wanted to know how the public feels.
There were plenty of people siding with Winslet on this one but, unfortunately for her, the majority still love the song. It didn't win an Oscar for nothing. The words most people used to describe it were "beautiful" and "classic." On the other side of the fence, most people admitted they never liked it in the first place. One commenter wrote, "I was sick of it after 3 seconds of hearing it for the first time." However, there were some who only turned on the song because of its... frequency. Another commenter wrote, "I worked in a place that had multiple radios, so I was subjected to this dirge literally all day every day, day in day out. It would finish on one station and start up again on another."
For the Ladies
Though "Titanic" went down as a critical success, genre be damned, the fact remains that it was, more or less, a chick flick; and Celine Dion, though she has an objectively admirable voice, is more appreciated by women than by men. So it comes as no surprise that women were 17% more likely to love the song 15 years later.
Doesn't Age Well
Ah, now we get to the root of the results. Most of the song's support came from teens and young adults -- specifically the 13-24 crowd. When the movie came out in 1997, they would have been the 0-9 crowd. No wonder they aren't sick of it. Everyone else is so over it. Although, voters over 55 did start to show interest again.
Driven to Drink
Drinkers were about 20% more likely to be sick of the "Titanic" theme song, so here's our theory. Drinkers make up approximately 35% of the total sample base, and 20% of 35% is 7%. It seems reasonable to suggest that having to hear "My Heart Will Go On" every ten minutes for weeks on end would drive approximately 7% of the population to drink.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about the "Titanic" song. We'd love to hear from you!
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