The Reason (Celine Dion song)

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"The Reason"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08)
Format CD single
Recorded April 1997 Air Studios
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 5:01 (Album Version)
4:30 (Radio Edit)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Carole King, Mark Hudson, Greg Wells
Producer(s) George Martin
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Be the Man"
"The Reason"
"My Heart Will Go On"

"The Reason" is a single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on December 8, 1997 in selected European countries: United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium. In France, it was issued as a double A-side single with "My Heart Will Go On."[1]

"The Reason" was co-written by Carole King and produced by the famous Beatles producer Sir George Martin. King did also the background vocals.

The song peaked at number 11 in the United Kingdom and number 13 in Ireland.

Carole King wrote this song first for the band Aerosmith.

The music video was directed by Scott Floyd Lochmus and released in December 1997. It was showing the recording of the song in the studio.

Dion performed "The Reason" during her Let's Talk About Love Tour, and as a duet with Carole King on VH1 Divas and at the 48° Festival di Sanremo on 1998 in Italy. On that occasion she performed also My Heart Will Go On.

The track was included later on The Collector's Series, Volume One in 2000 and My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection European edition in 2008.

The recording of this song was included as a bonus on the Au cœur du stade DVD.

"The Reason" is also included in the set list of Dion's new Las Vegas show, Celine.

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Observer editor Jonathan Bernstein reviewed: "It kicks off in time-honored fashion with a bombastic power ballad, “The Reason,” co-written by Carole King and produced by Sir George Martin. Thus, straight away, we find the inherent wrongheadedness of this record. Carole King hasn’t written a memorable song in many a year and-hello?-didn’t George Martin recently announce that he was quitting the producing racket because his hearing was going? The latter affliction was probably incurred by a silent prayer offered up during the recording of “The Reason” to be struck deaf."[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

French CD single

  1. "The Reason" – 5:01
  2. "My Heart Will Go On" – 4:40

UK CD single

  1. "The Reason" – 5:01
  2. "Be the Man" – 4:39

UK CD maxi single #1

  1. "The Reason" – 5:01
  2. "Be the Man" – 4:39
  3. "Make You Happy" – 4:31
  4. "With this Tear" – 4:12

UK CD maxi single #2

  1. "The Reason" – 5:01
  2. "Cherche encore" – 3:24
  3. "Lovin' Proof" – 4:09
  4. "The Christmas Song" – 4:12

Official versions[edit]

  1. "The Reason" (radio edit) – 4:31
  2. "The Reason" (album version) – 5:01
  3. "The Reason" (Live version from VH1 Divas Live) – 5:59[3]


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[11] Diamond 1,197,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

Carole King recorded also her own version of this song for her 2001 album Love Makes the World, this time with Dion on backing vocals. Rachel Tucker recorded a cover for her debut album also titled "The Reason" released in 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Glatzer, Jenna (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5. 
  2. ^
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  4. ^ a b Jaspers, Sam (2006). Ultratop 1995-2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8. 
  5. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. 14 February 1998. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Céline Dion - My Heart Will Go On (chanson)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Celine Dion: Singles". OCC. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart 1997". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Le Bilan des Ventes de Singles en 1998" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Certifications Singles Diamant - année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Les 45 T. / Singles" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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