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)
Label Columbia, Epic
Songwriter(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"
"Be the Man"
"The Reason"
"My Heart Will Go On"
Music video
"The Reason" on YouTube

"The Reason" is a single from Celine Dion's album Let's Talk About Love. It was released on 8 December 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.

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 European 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)[14] Diamond 1,197,000[A][15]
United Kingdom 100,000[12]

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 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. 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. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Reason". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Archive Chart: 1997-12-28". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  9. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "Celine Dion: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Les Meilleures Ventes Tout Temps de 45 T. / Singles" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Classement Singles - année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Certifications Singles Diamant - année 1998" (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 23 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Les 45 T. / Singles" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Celine Dion – The Reason". Discogs. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 

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