Era Inducted To: Modern Era
When Marc Hamilton wrote Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer at the age of 26 while in Montpellier, France, he never imagined that this song would climb to the top of the charts in both Quebec and France within a short few months, making him one of the first Quebec pop artists to break the overseas market.
Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer remains one of the great success stories of the Quebec recording industry with 280,000 copies sold in Quebec and more than 1,5 million copies sold in France. It was also the first Quebec song to retain the number one position on local charts for 13 consecutive weeks. An international success, it has been played in more than 70 countries and was performed and recorded in more than 15 languages.
First performed in Parisian night clubs, its growing popularity created a demand for airplay, and its chart success soon lead to worldwide acclaim.
In October 2002, Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer placed tenth on a list of the most influential Quebec songs of the past 50 years established through a SOM/Radio-Canada survey of 2,500 people. In 1973, the Montreal radio station CKAC and the daily La Presse named Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer one of the 10 most beautiful songs of the last 20 years. In 1993, the song achived the title of SOCAN Classic. To date, Comme j’ai toujours envie d’aimer has sold more that 8 million copies worldwide
Cover artists include: Hervé Villard, Paul Mauriat, Mitsou, Roch Voisine, and Jean-François Michael