“It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is a power ballad written by Jim Steinman. According to Steinman, the song was inspired by Wuthering Heights, and was an attempt to write “the most passionate, romantic song” he could ever create. The Sunday Times propounded that “Steinman protects his songs as if they were his children“. Meat Loaf had wanted to record the song for years, but Steinman saw it as a “woman’s song”. Steinman won a court movement preventing Meat Loaf from recording it. Girl group Pandora’s Box went on to record it and it was subsequently made famous through a cover by Celine Dion, which upset Meat Loaf because he was going to use it for a planned album with the working title Bat Out of Hell III.
The song has had three major releases. The first version appeared on the concept album Original Sin, recorded by Pandora’s Box. It was then recorded by Celine Dion for her album Falling into You (1996), and her version was a commercial hit, reaching No. 2 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (behind Los del Río’s “Macarena” and Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”) and No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. Meat Loaf eventually recorded it as a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven for Bat III and released it as a single in 2006. This version reached No. 1 in Norway and No. 2 in Scotland.