Incidentally, Ms. Dion celebrated her 44th birthday yesterday (March 30)!
Dion has certainly enjoyed her share of Billboard chart honors. Most notably:
In the AC chart's nearly 51-year history, Dion has spent the most time at No. 1 - 87 weeks. No one's even close behind, with Elton John second (49 weeks), followed by Lionel Richie (47) and Phil Collins and Faith Hill (43 each).
Dion has tallied the most AC No. 1s - 11 - by a female artist. When "A New Day Has Come" began its whopping 21-week reign in 2002, she passed Whitney Houston and Olivia Newton-John, each with 10.
Since "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" marked her AC chart debut the week of Oct. 27, 1990, Dion has placed 39 titles on the chart. 21 of those have reached the top 10, with 11 soaring to No. 1. She boasts the most AC entries and most No. 1s among all artists since her arrival more than 21 years ago.
Her success spans more than AC. 1998's "My Heart Will Go On" remains the only English-language song by a female artist to hit No. 1 on Latin Songs in the chart's 25-year archives. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100, Radio Songs, Hot Singles Sales, Pop Songs, AC and Latin Pop Songs.
And, with 51.6 million albums sold in the U.S., dating to the advent of SoundScan data in 1991, Dion is also the best-selling Canadian artist, in terms of U.S. album sales.
Most importantly, Dion is so deserving of birthday wishes considering how much she gives to others. Her charity efforts include having worked with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for almost 20 years and serving as s Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.