Mariah Carey's first #1 single introduced her trademark melismatic style to pop audiences. Mariah Carey's co-writer of the song was Ben Margulies. It stayed at the top of the charts for four weeks and was nominated for four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Mariah Carey took home the trophy for the third nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.
"Love Takes Time" is the second single from Mariah Carey's debut album also titled Mariah Carey. It was her second hit co-written with Ben Margulies. The song nearly didn't appear on the album. It was mostly recorded in one day and added at the last minute. "Love Takes Time" spent three weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart.
The third #1 hit from Mariah Carey's debut album was also the third co-written with Ben Margulies. "Someday" adds in a touch of new jack swing to the sound. "Someday" was one of five songs included on a demo tape that Brenda K. Starr gave to Tommy Mottola resulting in Mariah Carey's recording contract. "Someday" spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.
"I Don't Wanna Cry" is the fourth #1 single from the Mariah Carey album. This time she wrote with veteran R&B producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden. Mariah Carey has stated in interviews that she dislikes this song. It spent two weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and tied Mariah Carey with the Jackson 5 for the most consecutive #1 singles, four, by a new artist.
"Emotions" is the title song from Mariah Carey's second album Emotions. David Cole and Robert Clivilles of C&C Music Factory produced and co-wrote the song giving it a strong dance feel. The result was a record-breaking fifth consecutive #1 single. No new artist had ever achieved that feat. It spent three weeks at the top of the pop singles chart and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.
Mariah Carey's cover of the Jackson 5 classic "I'll Be There" was a last minute addition to her MTV Unplugged set. The song was performed in a duet where Mariah Carey sang Michael Jackson's lines in the original and R&B vocalist Trey Lorenz sang the Jermaine Jackson lines. "I'll Be There" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Duo or Group with Vocal. It spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart. In 2009 Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz performed the song at the Michael Jackson memorial service.
"Dreamlover" is the lead single from Mariah Carey's third studio album Music Box. It is built around a sample from the Emotions song "Blind Alley." The song became Mariah Carey's biggest hit single to date spending eight weeks at the top. It brought Mariah Carey another Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.
The inspirational "Hero" is considered one of Mariah Carey's signature songs. Reportedly the song was originally written for the movie Hero starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis. However, when music executive and Mariah Carey's fiancee Tommy Mottola heard the song he insisted that the song not be given away for someone to sing for the movie. Instead, he insisted that Mariah Carey keep it for herself. "Hero" spent four weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal.
For the first single from the Daydream album, Mariah Carey used a catchy sample from the Tom Tom Club's hit "Genius Of Love." It became only the second single to debut at #1 on the pop singles chart after Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone." For the sixth year in a row Mariah Carey received a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal. "Fantasy" matched "Dreamlover" in spending eight weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.
"One Sweet Day" lays claim for being one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time. It still holds the record for the most weeks, 16, spent at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Mariah Carey teamed up with red hot vocal group Boyz II Men. The song was inspired by the death of two of Mariah Carey's close friends in the music business, David Cole of C&C Music Factory and guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard. It was Boyz II Men's third single to spend thirteen or more weeks at the top of the pop singles chart. The song received two Grammy Award nominations including for Record of the Year.