"Man in the Mirror" was a number-one hit for singer Michael Jackson when released as a single in the spring of 1988. It is one of Jackson's most critically acclaimed songs and it was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. The song garnered massive airplay and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. It was only a moderate hit in the UK at the time of its release, peaking at #21 and becoming the only single from Bad not to reach the UK Top 20 on first release. However, on June 28, 2009, following the news of Jackson's death, the song charted at number 11 in the official UK Singles Chart, and also made number one on the official UK Download Chart. It is expected to be in the top 5 on July 5, 2009.
The song was composed by Siedah Garrett (who can be heard singing in the background with Jackson) and Glen Ballard. Jackson added background vocals from Garrett, the Winans and the Andrae Crouch Choir, which gave the song its distinctive sound.
Arranged with a gospel choir, a year after David Bowie used the same device for "Underground", from the fantasy film Labyrinth, other popular artists at the time who had tracks featuring gospel choirs include Debbie Gibson, Guns N' Roses and Madonna for her 1989 number one hit "Like a Prayer". Siedah Garrett also sang on Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and was one of the backing vocalists for Madonna's Re-Invention Tour of 2004 and performed a short solo during "Like a ...