Best Mariah Carey Albums

The Top Ten
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Okay, we all probably knew that THIS ALBUM was going to hit Number One. The critics love it, fans love it, I love it, EVERYONE LOVES IT! And sure, while picking Daydream or Butterfly seemed like a tough decision, at first, I then did a bit of research. Butterfly was almost always put at No. 1 on Mariah Carey album Rankings, and so, since I loved both Daydream and Butterfly equally, that's what it had to come down to. Nevertheless, both albums are superb and I hop that Mariah's new album will remind me of this wonderful work of art! Thanks Mimi 4 the great music!

Honestly, it boils down between this and Daydream. But I love Butterfly a little more for several reasons. She grew up from Daydream and the previous albums. It's like she said, "Cut the crap, I'm singing for real. Forget the princess-y singing, I'm doing me." and thus Butterfly marked a new starting point in her career. Only true Mariah fans would know what I am talking about. Daydream is an awesome album too, but when you compare it to this album, Butterfly wins because it is simply more "realistic" in a sense.

Everything in this album proves that iy deserves to be jn the number 1 spot in every Mariah Carey Album Charts. From the very vivid and deep lyricism down to the unspoken emotions of her true self and also don't forget her very wonderful vocals. I think that this is really her best because it reflects on who she really are and she's now free and honest about her music. This took me to another Mariah that's far too better than most of her albums, it's like she's letting us take a peek in what she really feels inside.

Her best album in my opinion, it is really personal and contains great songs. The album starts with "Honey", which is really great, jumping to the amazing song "Butterfly" in no time, which really shows the uniqueness of Mariah as a singer and songwriter. The album actually shows that she is more than just a singer, "My All" and "The Roof" are some of her classics. If you have enough time, listen to it!

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Clearly my favourite, and the best -then there are the Grammys and Billboard to support me. Though she left the Grammys empty handed, she had 6 nominations. With 3 singles charting at #1, Mariah also is honoured as the first female artist to debut a song in the chart directly to #1 (Fantasy), and the record for most weeks at number one with 16 (One Sweet Day).

This is one of her best works. The only thing I felt is that this album lacked some more upbeat songs. THIS is her vocal prime, this album has broke so many records it ain't even funny (do some research, because I'm not listing them... just too many). Never will we ever hear a voice this perfect.

Daydream, Butterfly and Mariah Carey are her best albums. 3 #1s from Daydream: Fantasy (#1 debut), One Sweet Day (Longest streak at #1) and Always Be My Baby (#1 for 2 weeks). Butterfly: Honey (ANOTHER #1 debut), My All (#2 debut, week after that became #1). Mariah Carey:
Vision Of Love (her first #1), Love Takes Time (2nd #1), Someday (3rd #1) and I Don't Wanna Cry (4th #1). All of her albums are KILLER ALBUMS but these particular 3 are my favourites 😘

Forever is the best song ever, sometimes make me cry hearing her perfect voice and all the emotions she tried to send to us. Her vocal is really beautiful. The best album ever, flawless.

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This and Butterfly are easily her best albums. Both have beautiful ballads and danceable tracks which are not reductive hip-hop songs.
Top picks: Vision of Love, Vanishing, Love Takes Time & There's Got To Be A Way!

The Emancipation of Mimi is overrated and Charmbracelet and Emotions are underrated.

A very impressive debut. This album was just the starting point of her career, and she kept getting better as the 90's moved along. This is just a little effort in comparison to what she would later do, and later become..

Most singers get better as they get deeper into their careers, but this was Mariah's prime both musically and vocally.

Butterfly above this is disrespectful. This when mariah was great, this and music box are her best albums.

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Hero + music box are the best songs ever. I listen to them whenever I need strength and they always provide. Mariahs voice is beautiful as always, but it's the messages from the songs that make this the best album ever

Music Box is home to Mariah's most well known songs globally. The most successful selling album of her career. But in my opinion it only set her up for Daydream.

This was her best seller for a reason. Contains just a few of her hardest and underrated songs EVER!

This is the best album of Mariah Carey ever. I love you Without You and Dreamlover.

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I love Mariah so much, but this is the only studio album that there are no songs that I was class as bad/just okay. The singles are classics, the uptempos are underrated (as in "So Blessed"), but the final two tracks take the cake: "Till the End of Time" is in my top 10 favourite Mariah songs and "The Wind" stands out as completely unique in Mariah's catalogue and is chilling. This took the formula of her debut and made it SO much better. "Butterfly" is very close and has more standouts, but "Emotions" is more consistent.

This album is so much better than her debut. Her debut was impressive and great... This album proved that she was holding back on her first. She just let go and let God have his vocal moments through her. Can't Let Go is the best song on this album, and she has a great gospel hit, Make it Happen. To Be Around You is the most underrated song on this album and could have easily been a #1.

Just as great as the first album. it has some unique melodies

This album gives me life.

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For those who listen to the details, like me, this is the most elaborated album, recorded by Mariah Carey. And, honestly, it's a fantastic body of work! On one hand you've got the breathtaking songs "Mine Again", "I Wish You Knew", "Circles" and "Fly Like a Bird" which no one else in the world could sing the way she did, and on the other hand you've got tracks like "One and Only", "So Lonely", "We Belong Together", "making' It Last All Night" and "Joyride" that are true mood setters and are just brilliantly crafted up to their very last second! A must for everyone who enjoys good music with stunning vocals!

When Mariah shuts up all her haters and doubters without a need to throw insults or shade, but with pure talent, she releases Emancipation of Mimi. This album is not only album of the decade, but will go on to becoming the album of the century.

JRight from the start, when "It's Like That" starts, you can tell this is going to be an album filled with boring wanna be hip hop songs. Most of the songs hjust sound like songs writen for smaller artists. Messing with hip-hop was the worst thing Mariah could ever do, and I am a huge hip hop listener.

This is probably one othe most amazing albums from 2005, Mariah is so good with comebacks! I love "We Belong Together" & "It's Like That" I don't see any flaws with this album And I love her whistle tone.

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This album was made in only 3 months, because she was really trying to leave her recording contract with Sony/Columbia. This album proves that she only got better throughout the 90's, but still she left some songs incomplete like "Rainbow" and decided to make an interlude out of it. I believe that if she spent more time on this album instead of rushing it, it would have been better than Butterfly. However, this is her best theme for an album. Her vocals are explosive, more upbeat songs than any other album she did in the 90's, and yet most personal one of the 90's, with lots of emotion. This is her most "pop-ish" album though.

This is definitely one of her best albums, it shows her musical diversity, there are some very diverse sounds in this album. Take literally the first 3 songs, Heartbreaker, Bliss, and can't Take That Away, those are super different from each other, and (with the exception of the latter) they are also very different than anything Mariah had done prior to this.

Absolutely Remarkable and beautiful

Buah, a simple and bad album. I hate it, but, well, this album contains some good songs like ''We Belong Together''.

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I believe this album is like a follow up to E=MC2 (but with no fillers). It's fun and sounds really current - with the exception of With You and Portrait. This album will capture the young generation

Amazing body of work!

The 2nd version of E=MC2


#Mariah Rules

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I'm only ten but grew up on Mariah Carey, so I'm blasting this at full volume in October. Anyone else?

I really don't celebrate Christmas so no comment

My favorite Christmas album of all time

Love this album!

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Product Image

Great album, but too many slow songs. The songs are all great, don't get me wrong, but a little more upbeat would have been great. Nevertheless her most soulful album of the 00's. Almost every song is guaranteed to get you hooked. There is not a bad song on this record.

The most soulful album she's made in the 00's. Too many slow songs and not enough upbeat ones, however there is no bad track on this album. Any song is guaranteed to get you hooked.


I'm sorry,but I hate this album,the only good track is "Angel's Cry"

The Contenders
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Not my favorite from her, because many songs are a little superficial. However, I think this is a very fun album, because she finally got to a place where she did not have to prove herself vocally for everyone to know that she is one of the greatest artists ever. Tracks 7-11 should have all been scrapped, and she should have used some of the left overs from the last album and this album to replace them. "Once in A Life Time", "Sprung", "4real4real", "Secret Love", would have made this album a force to be reckoned with. The album is worth listening to, but the best song is "For the Record", Her longest whistle note to date.

She should have stopped with emancipitation of mimi in 2005

Her best album since the 90s. TEOM is just way overrated

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Believe it or not, this album is what made me become a huge Mariah fan. It is the best one she made since 2005. The only song I don't like is "You Don't Know What to Do" ft. Wale. Mariah just continues to prove that she can stay relevant, and true to her sound. I played this album for some of the kids of this generation, some not even knowing who she was, and agreed that she has a really good voice (understatement) and the music is REALLY good. Even grown folks like the album.

This album is such an underrated jem... Just because it had very low sales nobody gave it a chance, but personally, this album is the best album released in 2014

Best album with worst sales?! Unrelattable to some with lack of promotion

No, not a good album at all

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This is one of the best, if not, her best album. Between 1997-2002 (with the exception of Glitter) Mariah wrote the most personal songs of her career. There is not one bad song on this album, and I continue to be uplifted by My Saving Grace and Through the Rain, which are in my opinion her best (most inspirational) and my two most favorite songs in her entire career. Sorry, We Belong Together, Touch My Body, Don't Forget about Us, and Obsessed my be the biggest songs of the latter half of her career, but to those who have not heard Charmbracelet, you're missing out BIG TIME.

This is truly a such underrated masterpiece. For me this album is def her best (yes butterfly and daydream stans, y'all read me right), and is one of her most personal. My favorite songs here are Irresistible, Yours, Sunflower for Alfred roy and You got me

This isn't the best album but Trough the rain Clown My saving grace... amazing songs

Incredible album. Deserves more respect; she came out of a bad situation ROARING

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I wouldn't consider this an album, but more of a cd with live performances (if there is a difference). There is no new material except for the Jackson 5 smash hit cover. She proves that she can sing live just as well as she can in the studios, and that her voice is not a trick of the studios but the real McCoy.

What is better than a Mariah 90s album? An album of songs Mariah performed live!

Very smart of mariah's label to make this one

An MTV Unplugged album? NO! This isn't be on the TOP 10!

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This album has some of Mariah Carey's best vocals - listen to Lead The Way...but Loverboy, Want you and Didn;t Mean to Turn You On - this is the sort of music that inspired absolutely brilliant album.

A criminally underrated album. Incredibly diverse songs, very high production quality, god level songwriting. Her vocal work here is just beyond perfect. Stand out songs: Reflections, lead the way, never too far, twister, want you, didn't mean to turn you on, don't stop, loverboy...

Mariah never sang so powerfully and fully like she did here. Vocally this beats out all of her previous eras.

Yall this was good

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When was this album released?

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Her best greatest hits album, sol well over 10 million copies

Includes all her 18 #1's and a brand-new song called "Infinity"

18 awesome hits plus a super-catchy 19th song

Wow, this is her best album. Well, this is her GREATEST HITS because its' her #1!

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I remember listening this album on the Etihad airplane, this album made me fall in love with Mariah Carey!

Very nice album! We belong together is a very good song.

The Art of Letting Go

This is a song not an album. THIS IS FALSE!

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I don't consider this to be a real album, but a great asset to have for those who collect Mariah's albums. I am not to crazy about the house remix cd, but the hip-hop/r&b remixes are where it is at. Mariah knows how to make remixes. Everyone else needs to take notes. To make a true remix you have to:
1) re-sing the song, but add something new or different to it. Don't completely copy the original
2) Don't be afraid to incorporate songs/lyrics from another source. If you want to truly have legendary remixes, musical allusions are always nice... Just be as original as possible.
3) Make it better than the original. That should always be your goal when re-doing your work. Do better, not mediocre.

Angels Advocate

The Nicki Minaj assisted track Up Out My Face is the standout here

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A bop beech periodt

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