06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT
With the PBS special Diane Warren: Love Songs airing in early June, the hit songwriter, 53, dishes on some big tunes.
CELINE DION, "BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME"
Immediately I thought this was the best song I'd written. I wrote it for (the movie) Up Close and Personal and my dad; it was my way of saying thanks for believing in me.
CHER, "IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME"
Cher was going out with the young guys, so it fit. But she kept turning it down. So I got on my knees, grabbed her leg and said, "You won't walk away 'til you try this."
JENNIFER HUDSON, "YOU PULLED ME THROUGH"
I originally wanted Gavin DeGraw to do it. Then I thought it'd be great for Jennifer. This was before the tragedy with her family. It was meant for her.
AEROSMITH, "I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING"
I got the idea from something I heard James Brolin had said about Barbra Streisand; he didn't want to fall asleep because he'd miss her.