“I Could Fall in Love” is a song recorded by American Tejano singer Selena for her fifth studio album, Dreaming of You (1995), released posthumously by EMI Latin on 15 June 1995. “I Could Fall in Love” and “Tú Sólo Tú” were the album’s lead promotional recordings and her first English language songs to be featured as singles, showcasing her musical transition from Spanish-language to English-language songs. The lyrics explore feelings of heartbreak and despair and express the singer’s fear of rejection by a man she finds herself falling in love with. Composed by Keith Thomas, “I Could Fall in Love” is a pop ballad with R&B, soul and soft rock influences.
Critics praised Selena’s emotive enunciation and compared it to work by Celine Dion, Brandy Norwood and TLC. It received the Tejano Music Award for the Tejano Crossover Song of the Year, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards as one of the most performed songs of 1995. Because of the recording’s composition structure and the singer’s vocalization, OC Weekly, BuzzFeed, Neon Tommy, and Latina magazine, believed “I Could Fall in Love” was one of the best songs recorded by Selena in her musical career.
The track was not released as a commercial single in the United States, where it was feared that it might sell more copies than the album itself. “I Could Fall in Love” peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, and at number one on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary chart. It reached the top ten on the singles charts of Canada and New Zealand. It became the most played song in Kansas City, Miami, and Boston and the second most played in Los Angeles.
The accompanying music video, directed by Hector Galan, featured a montage of pictures and videos of live performances of Selena, which had been collected by her family. It, too, was released posthumously, and it received a Music Video of the Year nomination at the 1996 Tejano Music Awards. “I Could Fall in Love” became one of Selena’s most famous and recognizable recordings, and in the 1990s it became a popular wedding song. Cover versions include recordings by Adrienne Bailon, Jennifer Lopez, Gloria Estefan, Lisa Leuschner, Solange Knowles and Papushi.