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Mariah Carey Discography

Annotated list of Mariah Carey's albums


Mariah Carey album cover

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey shot to superstardom with her first album release in 1990. By the beginning of the next decade her career was on a serious downward slide, but she made a major comeback in 2005.

  • Mariah Carey (1990) - A savvy mix of updeat dance songs and smooth silky ballads introduced Mariah Carey to pop and r&b audiences. This collection topped the pop album chart and spawned an incredible 4 #1 hit singles including "Love Takes Time" and "Vision Of Love."

  • Emotions (1991) - Artistically, this album is possibly even stronger than the first. Commercially it only reached #4 on the album chart, but the title song continued her streak of chart-topping singles to 5. Other Top 10 singles from this album were "Can't Let Go" and "Make It Happen."

  • Music Box (1993) - Mariah Carey lightened up a bit on the intensity of her 5-octave range vocal flights on this album. The result was a second #1 hit album and a massive hit single with the chart-topping "Hero."

  • Merry Christmas (1994) - At the peak of her commercial success, Mariah released a holiday album that is one of the bestselling Christmas albums of the past decade. It reached #3 on the album chart and includes the instant classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

  • Daydream (1995) - This album is Mariah Carey at her artistic and commercial peak. The album topped the charts and the single "Fantasy," featuring a Tom Tom Club sample, debuted at #1. The collaboration with BoyzIIMen on "One Sweet Day" spent an incredible 16 weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.

  • Butterfly (1997) - The first album after Mariah's breakup with her husband Tommy Mottola. There is less dance music and more of a sultry, slow-burn atmosphere. Big hits included "Honey" and "My All."

  • # 1's (1998) - This greatest hits collection is a good picture of Mariah Carey's phenomenal chart run in the 1990's. 12 #1 pop hits are here along with some new tracks released just for this album including "When You Believe," a duet with Whitney Houston.

  • Rainbow (1999) - Most notable for being the first major Mariah Carey studio album since 1991's Emotions to fail to reach the top of the album chart, this collection is a bit too formulaic. That didn't stop "Heartbreaker" from being yet another smash single.

  • Glitter (2001) - Audiences waited for 2 years and a new $80 million contract with Virgin Records to see this unexpected disaster take place. The album is the soundtrack for Mariah's first film appearance, and it is difficult to tell which, the movie or the music, is the bigger failure. "Loverboy" did well on the single charts, but followups failed miserably and the album limped to #7 on the album chart.

  • Mariah Carey's Greatest Hits (2001) - A two-disc greatest hits collection pasted together after Mariah Carey left for Virgin Records to attempt to capitalize on her past hits.

  • Charmbracelet (2002) - Following the Virgin Records debacle, Island Def Jam signed Mariah and rush-released this collection with little success. The album debuted at #3 but sank quickly as the single "Through the Rain" barely made a dent on the pop chart.

  • The Remixes (2003) - A key part of Mariah Carey's success in the 1990's was her popularity in dance clubs. This album is an extensive collection of dance remixes of many of her classic hits.

  • The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005) - By 2005 many had written off Mariah as a sad has-been which makes this album all the more remarkable. On the heels of a strong publicity buildup she surprised everyone by debuting at the top of the pop album chart with the biggest opening week sales of her entire career. "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" are the hit singles.

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