What is the best mirror song of them all?
Seeing your reflection can make you introspective, which often leads to great music.
Plenty of artists from Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson have faced the man in the mirror. They explore life’s biggest questions and encourage self-reflection. Here are some of our favorites. They are great to belt out – you guessed it – in front of the mirror.
'Mirrors' by Justin Timberlake
American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake topped the charts across the globe (in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Poland and more) with this hit. It was released in 2013 on the critically acclaimed album "The 20/20 Experience." That year the song was nominated for a Grammy and won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year. The lengthy (eight full minutes) pop and R&B ballad explains how the singer is nothing without his girl. “I don’t want to lose you now / I’m looking at the other half of me.”
'The Mirror Game' by Guy Gerber
This techno tune takes a different approach at the mirror theme. With little to no words, “The Mirror Game” can transport you into a trance. Israeli electronic DJ, producer and musician Guy Gerber is the mastermind behind this song, originally released in 2012. Today Gerber is a well-known DJ traveling the world, but – little known fact – he is also a great athlete. Gerber played football as a teenager in Israel before discovering his passion for music.
'Mirror' by Ellie Goulding
As you can see from the video, this song was created for the "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" movie. Although the song has a light and airy sound, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding delivers a powerful message. She writes about not recognizing herself and her surroundings. It accurately applies to the "Hunger Games" protagonist Katniss – as her world is changing before her eyes: “Is this our world? / Is this someone else?”
'Man in the Mirror' by Michael Jackson
“Man in the Mirror” is one of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs. It was released in 1987 and quickly reached #1 in the U.S. – making it MJ’s fourth consecutive number one single from the album "Bad." The song was nominated for a Grammy in 1988, and continues to be popular to this day. In it, he faces himself: “I’m starting with the man in the mirror / I’m asking him to change his ways.” Jackson performed a live, extended version of the song at the Grammy Awards, as seen in the video above.
'I Could Give You A Mirror' by the Eurythmics
This 1983 hit was released on the album "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" – you might recognize the title track. The Eurythmics are a British music duo featuring Annie Lennox and David Stewart, and they rose to fame in the 1980s. This song is off their second and most popular album. It takes on a more pessimistic view of the mirror, trying to reveal clearly what the subject is not seeing: “I could give you a mirror / to show you disappointments.”
'Mirror' by Lil Wayne featuring Bruno Mars
Changing pace, the final mirror song on our list is a collaboration between Americans Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars. The song is about a man’s journey through fame: “Mirror on the wall, here we are again / through my rise and fall / you’ve been my only friend.” The song was released on Lil Wayne’s ninth album, "The Carter IV," in 2011. The rapper started his career surprisingly early, joining Cash Money Records at just 9 years old. While he is most famous for songs like “Lollipop” and “Got Money,” "Mirror” slows it down for self-exploration.
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