The Mariah Carey Discography Rate Pt.1 • FINISHED

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Since bursting onto the scene with the release of "Vision of Love" on May 15, 1990, Mariah Carey has remained one of the most commercially successful and critically-acclaimed recording artists of all time for over 29 years. Her list of accomplishments is unrivaled by her peers: 5 Grammy awards, 18 US no.1 singles, two Billboard Songs of the Decade (for "One Sweet Day" and "We Belong Together"), and sales of over 230 million records worldwide, earning her the title of Billboard's best-selling female album artist of all time. Not only a gifted vocalist, Mariah also co-writes and co-produces the majority of her own material, which is deservedly a point of pride for the ageless diva.

While her popularity has had ebbs and flows over the years, the quality of her music has never diminished. With her thirtieth anniversary fast approaching, it feels like the perfect time to celebrate the Elusive Chanteuse's immaculate discography once again. For part one, we'll be rating what is undoubtedly Mariah's commercial peak: the run of albums from her self-titled debut released in 1990 to her first greatest hits compilation, appropriately titled "#1's", released in 1998. You'll have six weeks (plus the possibility of an extension, if needed) to rate the 74 songs from this era of her discography.



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"Mariah Carey"
(1990)


01 Vision Of Love × music video
02 There's Got To Be A Way × music video
03 I Don't Wanna Cry × music video
04 Someday × music video
05 Vanishing
06 All In Your Mind
07 Alone In Love
08 You Need Me
09 Sent From Up Above
10 Prisoner
11 Love Takes Time × music video



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"Emotions"
(1991)


01 Emotions × music video
02 And You Don't Remember
03 Can't Let Go × music video
04 Make It Happen × music video
05 If It's Over
06 You're So Cold
07 So Blessed
08 To Be Around You
09 Till The End Of Time
10 The Wind



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"MTV Unplugged"
(1992)


01 I'll Be There (feat. Trey Lorenz) × music video



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"Music Box"
(1993)


01 Dreamlover × music video
02 Hero × music video
03 Anytime You Need A Friend × music video
04 Music Box
05 Now That I Know
06 Never Forget You
07 Without You × music video
08 Just To Hold You Once Again
09 I've Been Thinking About You
10 All I've Ever Wanted



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"Merry Christmas"
(1994)


01 All I Want For Christmas Is You × music video
02 Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) × music video
03 Jesus Born On This Day



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"Daydream"
(1995)


01 Fantasy × music video
02 Underneath The Stars
03 One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men) × music video
04 Open Arms
05 Always Be My Baby × music video
06 I Am Free
07 When I Saw You
08 Long Ago
09 Melt Away
10 Forever × music video
11 Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix)
12 Looking In



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"Butterfly"
(1997)


01 Honey × music video
02 Butterfly × music video
03 My All × music video
04 The Roof × music video
05 Fourth Of July
06 Breakdown (feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone) × music video
07 Babydoll
08 Close My Eyes
09 Whenever You Call × music video
10 Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
11 The Beautiful Ones (feat. Dru Hill)
12 Outside



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"#1's"
(1998)


01 Sweetheart (with JD) × music video
02 When You Believe (with Whitney Houston) × music video
03 Whenever You Call (with Brian McKnight)
04 I Still Believe × music video
05 Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme From Mahogany)



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"Extras"

01 Do You Think Of Me (b-side to "Dreamlover")
02 Everything Fades Away (b-side to "Hero")
03 Slipping Away (b-side to "Always Be My Baby")
04 Endless Love (with Luther Vandross) × music video
05 Anytime You Need A Friend (C+C Mix) × music video
06 Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix feat. O.D.B.) × music video
07 Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix feat. Da Brat & Xscape) × music video
08 Honey (So So Def Remix feat. Da Brat & JD)
09 My All / Stay Awhile (So So Def Remix feat. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz) × music video
10 I Still Believe / Pure Imagination (Damizza Reemix feat. Krayzie Bone & Da Brat) × music video



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01 Please give all 74 songs listed above a score between 0 and 10, with your ONE favorite song getting an 11. Decimal points are fine and help to break ties, so feel free to use them as needed.
02 Commentary is greatly encouraged - and very much appreciated - but it's not mandatory.
03 Mariah's discography is very ballad-heavy, especially these early albums, so if ballads aren't your thing, then this rate might not be for you.
04 For songs with multiple versions and/or remixes, feel free to rate whichever version you prefer. The only exceptions are the remixes in the extras section; you must rate the versions listed.
05 Please use the PM list I've provided, and send your ballots in that exact order. It makes things so much easier for me when inputting your scores into the spreadsheet!
06 PM your finished scores, alongside any commentary you've written, to me by:
July 29th @ 11:59 pm EST.
 
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YouTube playlist
(the three b-sides are not included in the Spotify playlist)

Vision Of Love -
There's Got To Be A Way -
I Don't Wanna Cry -
Someday -
Vanishing -
All In Your Mind -
Alone In Love -
You Need Me -
Sent From Up Above -
Prisoner -
Love Takes Time -

Emotions -
And You Don't Remember -
Can't Let Go -
Make It Happen -
If It's Over -
You're So Cold -
So Blessed -
To Be Around You -
Till The End Of Time -
The Wind -

I'll Be There -

Dreamlover -
Hero -
Anytime You Need A Friend -
Music Box -
Now That I Know -
Never Forget You -
Without You -
Just To Hold You Once Again -
I've Been Thinking About You -
All I've Ever Wanted -

All I Want For Christmas Is You -
Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) -
Jesus Born On This Day -

Fantasy -
Underneath The Stars -
One Sweet Day -
Open Arms -
Always Be My Baby -
I Am Free -
When I Saw You -
Long Ago -
Melt Away -
Forever -
Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix) -
Looking In -

Honey -
Butterfly -
My All -
The Roof -
Fourth Of July -
Breakdown -
Babydoll -
Close My Eyes -
Whenever You Call -
Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) -
The Beautiful Ones -
Outside -

Sweetheart -
When You Believe -
Whenever You Call (with Brian McKnight) -
I Still Believe -
Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme From Mahogany) -

Do You Think Of Me -
Everything Fades Away -
Slipping Away -
Endless Love -
Anytime You Need A Friend (C+C Mix) -
Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix) -
Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix) -
Honey (So So Def Remix) -
My All / Stay Awhile (So So Def Remix) -
I Still Believe / Pure Imagination (Damizza Reemix) -
 
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74 Jesus Born On This Day — 5.502
73 Just To Hold You Once Again — 6.003
72 Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme From Mahogany) — 6.513
71 So Blessed — 6.572

70 Never Forget You — 6.709
69 All I've Ever Wanted — 6.718
68 And You Don't Remember — 6.883
67 When I Saw You — 7.016
66 Endless Love (with Luther Vandross) — 7.040
65 I Am Free — 7.050
64 Whenever You Call (with Brian McKnight) — 7.068
63 Till The End Of Time — 7.072
62 The Beautiful Ones (feat. Dru Hill) — 7.084
61 If It's Over — 7.105

TOP 60
60 Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) — 7.110
59 Alone In Love — 7.134
58 The Wind — 7.173
57 Music Box — 7.235
56 Honey (So So Def Mix feat. Da Brat & JD) — 7.243
55 Open Arms — 7.317
54 To Be Around You — 7.344
53 I've Been Thinking About You — 7.346
52 You Need Me — 7.393
51 My All / Stay Awhile (So So Def Remix feat. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz) — 7.400

TOP 50
50 Sweetheart (with JD) — 7.472
49 Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix) — 7.500
48 I Still Believe / Pure Imagination (Damizza Reemix feat. Da Brat & Krayzie Bone) — 7.542
47 Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Mix feat. Da Brat & Xscape) — 7.549
46 You're So Cold — 7.550
44 Anytime You Need A Friend (C+C Mix) — 7.631
44 I Still Believe — 7.631
43 Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) — 7.721
42 I Don't Wanna Cry — 7.727
41 Everything Fades Away — 7.763

TOP 40
40 There's Got To Be A Way — 7.795
39 All In Your Mind — 7.806
38 I'll Be There (feat. Trey Lorenz) — 7.828
37 Now That I Know — 7.839
36 Hero — 7.869
35 Sent From Up Above — 7.916
34 Babydoll — 7.946
33 Outside — 7.995
32 Do You Think Of Me — 8.007
31 Long Ago — 8.019

TOP 30
29 Vanishing — 8.021
29 Whenever You Call — 8.021
28 Looking In — 8.273
27 Fantasy (Bad Boy Remix feat. O.D.B.) — 8.274
26 Forever — 8.298
25 Close My Eyes — 8.306
24 When You Believe (with Whitney Houston) — 8.310
23 Melt Away — 8.314
22 One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men) — 8.364
21 Fourth Of July — 8.385

TOP 20
20 Slipping Away — 8.387
19 Love Takes Time — 8.394
18 Without You — 8.498
17 Butterfly — 8.734
16 Anytime You Need A Friend — 8.836
15 Make It Happen — 8.840
14 Can't Let Go — 8.848
13 Underneath The Stars — 8.992
12 Prisoner — 9.044
11 Someday — 9.106




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06 Misc. / Extras — 7.562
05 Music Box — 7.620
04 Emotions — 7.691
03 Mariah Carey — 8.135
02 Daydream — 8.197
01 Butterfly — 8.482



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Yes!

I was excited for this one. My Mariah obsession was real for a big period in 90s (I was in her fanclub & think I still even have some 'newsletters' you got quarterly from around the Music Box era) I haven’t listened to her as much in recent years, but she has a special place in my heart. So I can’t wait to dive back in to her music. That run from her debut to Butterfly.... whew.

Also, already adore the on point fonts & graphics here @vague...
 

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