Reflection (song)

original film song composed by Matthew Wilder, lyrics by David Zippel; from Disney's 1998 film "Mulan"

"Reflection" is a song that is on the soundtrack of the 1998 animated movie, Mulan. It was the first single by American singer Christina Aguilera. It was performed in the movie by Lea Salonga. Ming-Na Wen played the speaking voice of the main character Fa Mulan. Aguilera approached RCA Records. They allowed her to record the song. Disney was looking for a performer who could sing a musical note that was difficult for most performers. Aguilera recorded herself singing Whitney Houston's song, "Run To You". This was a response to Disney, who were impressed by her performance. Aguilera agreed to take a trip to Los Angeles to spend a week recording the album.

Song by Christina Aguilera
from the album Mulan
ReleasedJune 2, 1998
RecordedFebruary 1998
Producer(s)Matthew Wilder
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
"Genie in a Bottle"

The song received a mixed review. Many reviewers agreed that it is a "nice song", however, they said it was not memorable. "Reflection" helped fund for Aguilera's debut album. It also gained her popularity among songwriters and music producers. Because the song was not released for commercial audiences, it only charted on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It peaked at number 19. The music video was included on the DVD release of Mulan. Aguilera had performed the track on four televised performances. This includes at the CBS This Morning show. This caught the attention of songwriter Diane Warren.

Track listing

  1. "Reflection" – 3:34


Chart (1998) Peak
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[2] 19


  1. Reflection (Media notes). Christina Aguilera. Hollywood Records. 1998. 03MS32900.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. "Reflection by Christina Aguilera - Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 12, 1998. Retrieved October 2, 2011.

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