Best Mariah Carey Albums


The Top Ten

1 Butterfly

Butterfly is the height of Hip-Hop Soul's elegance and Mariah's. All killer, no filler.

This album is the best musically choreographed album of all time

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!

Honey is on it, so of course it wins

2 Daydream

Full of sweet sweet memories.

Fantasy. One Sweet Day. Enough said. - Cadetickle

Hands downs, Daydream! This whole album is amazing! It still makes me sad that this never won a Grammy because it truly deserves one!

Fantasy. Ome Sweet Day. Enough said. - Cadetickle

3 Mariah Carey

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. - DaWyteNight

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

4 Music Box

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.

I love this album the best, every track is good

5 The Emancipation of Mimi

Some of the best whistles TO DATE! early MC is slain by this era; 10 year challenge served

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.

This has to be the best Mariah Carey album of all time! It kinda reminds me of the Old Mimi! These should definitely be number 1!

6 Emotions

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.

This album gives me life. - lovingjackson

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

7 Rainbow

Absolutely Remarkable and beautiful

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.

Clearly one of her best albums!

8 Caution

Amazing body of work!

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

The 2nd version of E=MC2


#Mariah Rules

9 Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

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.

One song: Angels Cry!

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10 Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse

This is Mariah Carey best album since Butterfly it is such a shame that it didn't sell more than it did, but without no promotion "What Do You Expect"

Fave tracks: Dedicated, Supernatural, Faded, You Don't Know What To Do ", Make It Look Good, Camouflage, Heavenly, Cry, & the studio 54 inspired Meteorite,

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

No, not a good album at all

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The Newcomers

? Teenage Dream

A bop beech periodt

The Contenders

11 Merry Christmas

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

My favorite Christmas album of all time - Ajkloth

I really don't celebrate Christmas so no comment

Holiday Classic. End of Story

12 E=MC2

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

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

13 Charmbracelet

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

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

One of my favorites,I love my Saving Grace

14 MTV Unplugged

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!

15 Glitter

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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16 Merry Christmas II You

When was this album released?

17 #1 to Infinity

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

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

18 awesome hits plus a super-catchy 19th song

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

18 The Ballads
19 The Essential Mariah Carey

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.

20 The Art of Letting Go

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

21 #1's
22 The Remixes

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.

23 Angels Advocate

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

24 Valentines
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