Mariah Carey Songs Ranked

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969, or 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she is referred to as the “Songbird Supreme” by Guinness World Records. She rose to fame in 1990 with her eponymous debut album, released under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, who married her three years later. Carey is the first artist in history to have their first five singles reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from “Vision of Love” to “Emotions”. With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, Carey is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has amassed an extensive catalog, with nineteen of her songs topping the Billboard Hot 100; Carey holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artist, a female songwriter, and a female producer, According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the second-highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 66.5 million certified album units. In 2012, she was ranked second on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. In 2019, Billboard named her the all-time top female artist in the United States, based on both album and song chart performances. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, nineteen World Music Awards, ten American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, she is noted for inspiring other artists in pop and contemporary R&B music. Here are all of Mariah Carey’s songs ranked.

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20. Butterfly (Butterfly, 1997)

“I love many of Mariah’s songs, but this one has to be my favorite. It is so emotional. It is almost like an emotional experience. This is song is based on Mariah’s divorce to Tommy Mottola. A song is an experience, and this is a perfect example of it.”

19. Through the Rain (Charmbracelet, 2002)

“Her tone through the quiet parts is irresistible and the climax of the song with the runs and all is amazing. Through the rain is one of Mariah’s most inspirational songs ever! I’m so in love with this song!!! it’s the kind of song that you can hear a 1000 times and not get tired of!”

18. Can’t Let Go (Emotions, 1991)

“If ever there is a song that surpasses all songs, its this one. The lyrics, the melody, the performance, the whistle! Maybe its because it didn’t get to number 1 because they removed it from the charts back then.”

17. When You Believe (The Prince of Egypt, 1998)

“She and Whitney produced heaven with that song, should have had a bigger impact Makes me believe that if we believe in something, a miracle could happen to it.”

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16. Love Takes Time (Mariah Carey, 1990)

“This is such a heartwarming , romantic , and it is so my all time favorite song from Mariah Carey . Mariah Carey sings this song so beautifully.”

15. I Want to Know What Love Is (Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009)

“Love the way Mariah does remakes on other peoples songs. She has an outstanding voice.I could never get tired of listening to her music!!!!”

14. Breakdown (The Collection, 1998)

“What an incredible song, surely among the finest of her artistry, deserving a place on any list, anytime… If you’re searching for flawless interception between an amazing song and an incredible interpretation, can’t put this one away.”

13. Dreamlover (Japan Best, 2018)

“This is one of the best songs from Mariah Carey and I really love this song very much and I even sing this excellent song in the morning shower ! Super awesome song”

12. Heartbreaker (Heartbreaker, 1999)

“Have you ever experienced a heart break in school , or have you experienced being cheated on by a boyfriend? I have been when I heard this song from Mariah Carey I fell in love with this song This is my all time favorite from Mariah Carey”

11. Always Be My Baby (Daydream, 1995)

“This song always puts me in a good mood. When I’m feeling down, I always listen to this song because I know it will make me smile. Love the lyrics and the beat. And she’s really pretty in the music video too.”

10. All I Want for Christmas is You (Merry Christmas, 1994)

“So proud of Mariah, and this song literally defines Christmas. This time shouldn’t be about presents and money, it should be about your love ones and friends. This song defines that and more, and that’s why I love it.”

9. Honey (Rats, 1994)

“This song is awesome and really shows how unique Mariah is. Also the video is amazing. I’m in love with this song so romantic. Best ever vocals shift.”

8. One Sweet Day (Daydream, 1995)

“It is different and beautiful, different in the sense of being an alternative to the love and romantic themes that has been inflating most of her songs until ‘One Sweet Day’. The song is so deeply emotional, and the way Boyz II Men compliment the song is beyond beliefs.”

7. Emotions (Emotions, 1991)

” This was the song where she showed it the most in my opinion. I’m not even kidding when I say that I want to start to cry every time I hear her whistle registers. Mariah Carey is my biggest musical influence and I want to be a legendary icon with her range and maybe achieve the whistle register.”

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6. Vision of Love (Mariah Carey 1990)

“Her vocals on this track are insane! She showcases her entire capability. Amazing range, whistle register, advanced runs, everything. Perfect song to introduce us to this legend!”

5. My All (Butterfly, 1997)

“Maria has all musical instruments in her throat. I love her sweet voice. No one can sing songs like that of Maria nowadays. Nowadays a singer can only get the full support of musical instruments and then hide his or her weakness. But Maria not like that. So it is clear that Mariah is Mariah.”

4. Without You (Music Box, 1993)

“I don’t care about this song’s achievement, I don’t care who is the writer of this song. I just think that this song is very catchy. Mariah’s voice is more than incredible in this song. That’s make me love this song.”

3. Fantasy (Daydream, 1995)

“I am a big Mariah Carey fan and ever since I listened to this rocking upbeat song I fell in love with it . This song is awesome and very dance able . It is my sweet fantasy to meet Mariah Carey in person “

2. Hero (Music Box, 1993)

“Hero is by far, my MOST FAVORITE Mariah Carey song. Thank you, Mariah for bringing this song into all of our lives. There is not 1 person who when they hear the words to this song, cannot think of a moment or a person that best reflects the words in this song. Well Done!”

1. We Belong Together (The Emancipation of Mimi, 2005)

“Story, structure of song, catchy melody in both verse and chorus. The vocal is good, but Mariah’s earlier vocals where on point, top notch, crystal clear bell ringing tone quality. “We Belong Together” is just one of those perfect, well written songs that just clicked with the rest of the world. “