The Reason (Celine Dion song)

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"The Reason"
The Reason (Celine Dion song).jpg
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Let's Talk About Love
Released 8 December 1997 (1997-12-08)
Format CD single
Recorded 1 August 1997 Air Studios
Genre Pop
Length 5:01 (album version)
4:30 (radio edit)
Producer(s) George Martin
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Be the Man"
"The Reason"
"My Heart Will Go On"
Music video
"The Reason" on YouTube

"The Reason" is a song by Canadian singer Celine Dion, recorded for her fifth English-language studio album, Let's Talk About Love (1997). It was written by Carole King, Mark Hudson and Greg Wells, and produced by Sir George Martin. "The Reason" was released as the second single from the album in selected European countries on 8 December 1997. In France, it was issued as a double A-side single with "My Heart Will Go On".[1]

Background and release[edit]

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.

From 2011–2014, "The Reason" was included in the set list of Dion's Las Vegas show, Celine. The song was also performed in Dion's 2017 tour and 2018 tour.

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 and Europe CD single

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

UK CD maxi single #1, European CD maxi, South Africa CD maxi and French Vinyl 12"

  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 Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[15] Diamond 1,200,000[A][12]
United Kingdom 100,000[13]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United Kingdom[16] 8 December 1997
  • CD
  • cassette

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. ^ Jonathan Bernstein. "Celine Dion: Is She Cool? Someday, Maybe, but Not Now". Observer. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. ^ Heather Phares. "VH1 Divas Live". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Sam Jaspers (2006). Ultratop 1995–2005. Book & Media Publishing. ISBN 90-5720-232-8.
  5. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. 14 February 1998. Archived from the original on 4 November 2005. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Céline Dion – My Heart Will Go On (chanson)" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (18.12.1997 - 25.12.1997)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Reason". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  12. ^ a b c "Les Meilleures Ventes "Tout Temps" de 45 T. / Singles / Téléchargement" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1997 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Classement Singles – année 1998" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  15. ^ "French single certifications – Celine Dion – The Reason My Heart Will Go" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Celine Dion – The Reason". Discogs. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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