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"Genie in a Bottle"
Single by Christina Aguilera
from the album Christina Aguilera
B-side "Blessed"
"We're a Miracle"
"Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)"
Released June 22, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded February 1999[1]
Genre Bubblegum pop, dance pop, R&B
Length 3:36
Label RCA
Writer(s) David Frank, Steve Kipner, Pamela Sheyne
Producer David Frank, Steve Kipner
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Christina Aguilera singles chronology
"Genie in a Bottle"
"What a Girl Wants"
Music video
"Genie in a Bottle" at YouTube

"Genie in a Bottle" is the first hit single and signature song from Christina Aguilera's debut album, Christina Aguilera. It was co-written by David Frank, Steve Kipner, and Pamela Sheyne. The song became a smash hit overnight, becoming one of Aguilera's most successful singles worldwide. The track went #1 on Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, having had the longest stay at number one for the entire year. The track established Aguilera's place in pop culture as a pop phenomenon, going platinum within a few months of release. The single earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2000 and helped her win the Best New Artist Grammy that same year. Many consider this her signature song (along with "Beautiful")

The song is featured on the video games Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2.

The music videos for both "Genie in a Bottle" and "Genio Atrapado" were directed by Diane Martel.

The song was released on June 22, 1999 as the album's lead single.



After being signed to RCA, Aguilera began working on her self-entitled debut album Christina Aguilera. The track was written by Dan Frank, Steve Kipner and Pamela Sheyne. According to Aguilera's early songwriters who appeared on the documentary series Driven, Aguilera was not convinced that the track would highlight her voice. Her songwriter claimed that there was a "battle" between Aguilera and her producers because she wanted to display the power and audacity in her voice, whereas her producers would hold her back. The original title of the song was "If You Wanna Be With Me", but RCA thought "Genie in a Bottle" was more appealing to audiences.[citation needed]

Music video

Directed by Diane Martel, filming took place in April 1999 in Malibu. Aguilera wore tiny hip hugging outfits throughout the video, which stirred controversy. The press felt Aguilera was too young to wear erotic clothing and singing suggestive lyrics. Aguilera ended up re-recording the track for Radio Disney and Mi Reflejo, which featured her hit "Genio Atrapado".

The music video begins with Aguilera laying on a beach, wearing a white midriff and tiny shorts. In the next scene, she's seen wearing a jean outfit while sitting on a deck. The video suddenly breaks into a dance scene, where Aguilera wears a white midriff with orange pants and a mini turquoise shawl. Aguilera's friends in the music video come over to her house where they meet up with a group of guys driving a red chevrolet. She is then on top of the chevrolet on her knees singing, wearing a pink midriff and white capris. The music video ends with a guy chasing after Aguilera, and together they sit with a group of friends while a bonfire is lit.

The video became an instant hit on MTV and other music channels, including TRL, and eventually retired on TRL.

Aguilera performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Hollywood. She previewed the remade version of it, called "Genie 2.0", wearing a tight leather outfit. She later performed the lead single of the compilation, "Keeps Gettin' Better".


In her sexually driven debut single, Aguilera begins the song as a sexually repressed young woman stating that she feels like she's been "locked up tight for a century of lonely nights", and that she is waiting for sexual release. She then sees a young man who sexually arouses her, making her exclaim, "My body's saying let's go". However, even though her hormones are "racing at the speed of light", she realizes "my heart is saying no". Nevertheless, Aguilera offers herself to the man by stating, "If you wanna be with me, baby there's a price to pay, I'm a Genie in a Bottle, You gotta rub me the right way".

The song's lyrics caused minor controversy at the time, as it was felt by some that Aguilera was too young to be singing such relatively suggestive lyrics, particularly as her music was marketed to young girls. The song was censored in some markets with tamer lyrics, in which Aguilera sings "you gotta treat me the right way" (instead of "you gotta rub me the right way"). The censored version was played in preteen-oriented markets such as Radio Disney.

In Aguilera's 2006 album, Back to Basics, a track dedicated to her fans titled "Thank You (Dedication to Fans...)" used samples of Genie in a Bottle. Extracts used such as "I feel like I been locked up", "My body's saying let's go", "oh, oh, oh", "Come on, Come on" and "Baby, Baby, Baby". Aguilera refers to the lock up mentioned in the beginning of the song to her being a prisoner of her dreams.



The song was released on June 22, 1999. Based on strong airplay and CD sales, "Genie in a Bottle" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for five consecutive weeks. At that point, it had the longest stay at number for the entire year, tying Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca" and Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love", although Santana would later in the year take the single, "Smooth", to number one on the chart with a ten-week run. The success of "Genie in a Bottle" marked the third time that year that a new female artist reached number one on the Hot 100 with her debut single, the first being Britney Spears with "...Baby One More Time" and the second being Jennifer Lopez with "If You Had My Love". The success and achievement for Spears' and Aguilera's debut singles caused a lot of rivalry and comparisons between the two in the media.

The song also crossed-over successfully to other Billboard charts, topping the Top 40 Mainstream, Top 40 Tracks and Rhythmic Top 40 charts. The song even managed to reach the Adult Top 40, and the Spanish version of the song, "Genio Atrapado" (English: "Trapped Genie"), was a modest hit on the Latin chart. Strong sales assured the single a platinum certification. "Genie in a Bottle" stayed on Billboard Hot 100 for 25 weeks, and 43 weeks in the U.K.. Internationally, a similar chart dominance was seen, as the track went to number one in both the UK and Canada for multiple weeks. It charted within the top five in every country it charted. Overall, the song is Aguilera's second-highest charting single, behind "Lady Marmalade", a collaboration with Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink. "Genie in a Bottle" was certified platinum in Germany for selling over 500,000 units.[2] The single was also certified platinum in Australia for selling over 70,000 units.[3]

"Genie in a Bottle" became Aguilera's first #1 on the Worldwide Singles chart, where it stayed on the charts for 29 weeks and ended up at no.3 onthe Year-End chart selling 7,391,000 points. "Genie in a Bottle" was certified platinum in almost every country it was released in, making it's selling exceed over one million worldwide. It peaked at #7 on the Year-End charts in the U.S., and #7 on the European Year-End charts.

Other uses of title

Parodist 'Hawaiian Ryan' also recorded a spoof of the song, called "Weenie in a Bottle", one of the tracks from his Shaving Ryan's Privates album. This parody is often incorrectly attributed to "Weird Al" Yankovic. Aguilera also used the line "weenie in a bottle" when she played Samantha Jones at an episode of Saturday Night Live that she hosted in 2004, where in her character revealed to everyone that she was a man the entire time.

"Genio Atrapado" remixes and other versions

The song was translated to "Genio Atrapado," ("Trapped Genie") in Spanish. It was the first single from the album Mi Reflejo, which was Aguilera's first Spanish studio album.

  • "Genio Atrapado" (Album version) 3:37
  • "Genio Atrapado' (Pablo Flores Miami Mix) 10:20
  • "Genio Atrapado" (Pablo Flores Miami Mix Edit) 4:37
  • "Genio Atrapado" (Pablo Flores Dub) 8:03

The music video for "Genio Atrapado" mostly remained the same from the English language version, "Genie in a Bottle," except the scenes in which Aguilera actually sings were re-shot with a slightly different backdrop in order for her lips to match the Spanish lyrics. These re-shot scenes were mixed into scenes in which she is not singing from the original "Genie in a Bottle" music video in order to make it seem as if both videos are seamlessly the same.

"Genie 2.0"

A new electronic version of the song, named "Genie 2.0", was performed at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, to commemorate Aguilera's first greatest hits compilation Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits and the 25th anniversary of the MTV Video Music Awards. Both the original version and the remake are included on Keeps Gettin' Better.

Live Performances

Aguilera performed "Genie in a Bottle" on her tour and at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The Freelance Hellraiser created a bootleg remix of "Genie in a Bottle" and the instrumental track of The Strokes' "Hard to Explain", called "A Stroke of Genie-us". The remix was played on the UK radio station Xfm, and received favorable reviews. This song is one of the earliest examples of the mashup genre.

Release Dates

  • US June 22, 1999
  • Germany August 9, 1999
  • France August 26, 1999
  • UK October 12, 1999


"Genie in a Bottle" earned Aguilera a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" in 1999. The single earned Aguilera many awards, including "Best Selling New Artist" from the World Music Awards. On MTV Asia the track won the "Hotseat Artist Of The Month" award, proving that "Genie in a Bottle" had garnered worldwide success.

Year Ceremony Award Result
1999 Grammys Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nomintated
1999 MTV Asia Awards Hotseat Artist of the Month Won
1999 Blockbuster Award Favorite Single Won
1999 Award Best Song Female Artist Won
2000 World Music Awards Best Selling New Artist Won
2000 Ivor Novello Awards International Hit of the Year Won
2000 BMI Award Best Song Won

Track listings[4]

US Promo CD
  • 1. Genie in a Bottle [Radio Version] - 3:36
  • 2. Callout Hook #1 - 11
  • 3. Callout Hook #2 - 11
US single
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" [Album version] - 3:36
  2. "Blessed"- 3:03
US Promo remixes
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" [Eddie Arroyo Club Mix Long] - 6:28
  2. "Genie in a Bottle" [Riprock 'N' Alex G. Club Mix] - 7:57
  3. "Genie in a Bottle" [The Eddie Arroyo Rhythm Mix] - 4:26
  4. "Genie in a Bottle" [Eddie Arroyo Dub Mix] - 6:28
  5. "Genie in a Bottle" [Riprock 'N' Alex G. Street Mix] - 5:05
  6. "Genie in a Bottle" [Flavio Vs. Mad Boris Mix] - 6:29
  7. "Genie in a Bottle" [Acappella] - 4:16
Germany single
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" [Album version] - 3:36
  2. "We're a Miracle" - 4:09
Germany Maxi-CD
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" - 3:36
  2. "We're a Miracle" - 4:09
  3. "Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)" - 3:39
Italy Maxi-CD
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" (Eddie Arroyo Rhythm Mix) -4:26
  2. "Genie in a Bottle" (Riprock 'n' Alex G Mix) - 3: 50
  3. "Genie in a Bottle" (Eddie Arroyo Radio Club) - 3:58
  4. "Genie in a Bottle" (Album Version) - 3:36
Australian CD Single
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" - 3:30
  2. "We're a Miracle" - 4:09
  3. "Don't Make Me Love You ('Til I'm Ready)" - 3:39
Canada CD single
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" -3:36
  2. "Blessed" -3:06
UK Promo CD
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" - 3:36
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" [Album version] - 3:36
  2. "Blessed" 3:03
  3. "Genie in a Bottle" [Acapella Mix] - 4:16
UK CD2 October 12, 1999
  1. "Genie in a Bottle" [Album version] - 3:36
  2. "Genie in a Bottle" [Eddie Arroyo Radio Club Mix] - 3:56
  3. CDRom ["Genie in a Bottle" - Music Video] - 3:35


Chart (1999)[5] Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 3
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 1
Dutch Singles Chart 2
European Hot 100 Singles[7] 1
Finnish Singles Chart 6
French Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart[8] 2
Irish Singles Chart[9] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 5
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[6] 1

Year-end charts

Country Position
Australia[11] 10
Austria[12] 9
Europe[13] 7
France[14] 29
Germany[15] 7
Sweden[16] 39
Switzerland[17] 10
United States[18] 7


Country Certification Sales/shipments
Australia[19] Platinum 70,000
Austria[20] Gold 20,000
France[21] Gold 250,000
Germany[22] Platinum 500,000[23]
New Zealand[24] Platinum 15,000
Sweden[25] Platinum 30,000
Switzerland[26] Gold 25,000
United States[27] Platinum 1 million


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Preceded by
"Wild Wild West" by Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Moe Dee
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 31, 1999 – August 28, 1999
Succeeded by
"Bailamos" by Enrique Iglesias
Preceded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
UK Singles Chart number-one single
October 10, 1999 – October 23, 1999
Succeeded by
"Flying Without Wings" by Westlife

Simple English

Genie in a Bottle is a 1999 pop song by American singer Christina Aguilera, from her first album Christina Aguilera. It was her first hit single and got to Number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Aguilera got a Grammy Award nomintaion for it, and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist later in the year.


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