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Mariah Carey, born March 27, 1970, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the biggest best-selling women in the music industry, with 18 number 1 records to her name. She is regarded as a sex symbol through her songs and music videos, and she is "well known" for her over-the-top ...read more.

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Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (seventeen self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few. Mariah Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. Recently, she's made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed roles in Lee Daniel's Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and ...more

Marian's voice is truly incomparable, a voice only the late Whitney Houston, along with an occasional few greats, could match. Despite being compared to Whitney's voice and work in the 90s, she still managed to achieve 14 of her 18 number ones in the 90s alone whilst being compared to such a talent, and achieved legendary status within the first few years of her career. With vocal and lyrical masterpieces such as Vision of Love, Hero, My All and with less commercially successful and album tracks Vanishing, Whenever You Call, Outside, Mine Again and more, nobody can deny the incredible, God-given vocal talent Mariah has received, nor could anyone deny her lyrical genius. It's a shame Mariah's voice has deteriorated over time; though she is still very capable of delivering great performances, her voice is far from what it used to be. I personally believe both her and Whitney deserve first place, however careful thought and evaluation has pushed me to vote Mariah Carey as number one!

I still don't know why Mariah isn't officially RANKED #1 best female artist yet, because she wins hands down, she is simply amazing, she can really sing and she puts her all in to her singing and song I love how she shows emotion when she sings also I love the fact that she wrote every #1 smash hit wonder and she has 18 I think now passing elvis and just behind the beatles every other singer even the good ones lke whitney and celine don't even have over 10, Mariah Carey is a true blessing from GOD. I love her and she will alway be my #1 favourite female singer

When it comes to vocals, Mariah's easily number 1. It's the way she uses her range, her pinpoint accuracy, the richness of her timbre when belting, the soft, weighty low notes, her masterful vocal dynamics, her coloratura technique, her incredible usage of the whistle register and the resonance she employs within. I want to see any singer to stand up to Mariah's caliber, because Mariah does NOT specialize in one thing. She specializes in everything.

You know why Mariah gets all the accolades she receives vocally? It's because she's honed her instrument, and even though she doesn't maintain a healthy voice (nodules), she knows every part of her voice like someone knows their name. They've all been honed in different areas to perfection. I would love to see any other singer to sing Anytime You Need A Friend like she did. They could never resonate that well, could they?

And that's why Mariah's the best vocalist of all time.

I think she is the best because she sings in such an impossible way. Her songs are designed in such a way that they are only meant for studio recording (yet she did them with reasonable ease live). She could sing 15 consecutive high notes without rest and she could sustain any note for more than 20 second, which is mind blowing. And the whistle register... She could sing them in words, I was speechless when I first heard those shrills. I have never heard anyone attempting her songs with success... Yet her music are very warm and melodic. There is a bit of overdoing (the singing) I think but hey who would not if they have voices like Mariah's.

DIVA! Mariah Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. Carey was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey gained her eighteenth number one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, Carey was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, 17 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards. Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, ...more

Mariah's vocal range is a stunning 5 octave which has been proven to be the 2nd widest vocal range in the world! Despite that, her belts have incredible tone and texture and her whistles are out of this world. Her falsettos are really relaxing to listen to and her low register is incomparable. She was the best in her prime, but still, currently her voice is around 4.5 octaves and are still much better than nearly all of the artists out there including Ariana Grande! It doesn't matter if you are not as popular as before ( she still is popular), it matters if you have the voice. For example, Taylor Swift, she is one of the most popular singers in the world but she does not really have a good voice. I love you MIMI!

The reason as to why Miss Mariah is number 1, comes down to 1 song. Bliss. When another singer is able to sing that song in the same key, with the same control and exact pitch, then it will be up for discussion. But until then she's in the Guinness as the songbird supreme. Not only because of her # 1's, her almost 300 million albums sold, or the fact that she's one of the greatest songwriters in music history. But the voice. To drop from a deep belted note to a g7 without even a breath? That's purely god given talent that no one else possesses.. She is the queen of vocalists for a reason. Mariah, music wouldn't be what it is today without U. She is solely the reason why some people get into music. Or why some follow it such as myself. Some people say Madonna is a religion? Well. Mariah surpasses that. She's life. Forever and always, your biggest fan!

Now lets say mariah carey are you kidding us mariah carey is simply the greatest singer music has ever heard she has set records in the world because of her crystal clear melismatic voice that have inspired most of pop culture today mariah carey also holds he record for reaching extreme g7 notes that even most of animals cannot and by far have made her famous because of that she have the highest selling albums ever even surpassing the beatles in more number one hits her voice is purely beautiful with perfect lower notes that can make you fell like you are electrified and have higher belts that is so colorful that even belting her highest doesn't strain her voice that why no one should challenge mariah carey she is just simply a legend that no one who has been born or could be born can surpass her in singing she is a genius

Mariah is the best female singer of this century, and probably the best female singer ever lived on the planet. She is more than just a singer, her voice is unique, and her range is amazing too. Vocally, there is no one you can even compare. Her technique is flawless, and her whistle register is just one of a kind. She has an amazing writing skill, and she has the ability to sing almost any kind of music. Her best era's were in the 90's but she is still a really famous singer, 23 years after her first break! She is just an artist, such a strong, meaningful voice and great songs - which are usually way better the ones Celine and Whitney (RIP) produced. I think she is just unmatched... She deserves the first place!

Don't touch Whitney! Mariah with that girlish voices has always been in Whitney's shadow! Whitney's voice was much more feminine and more natural and more powerful! - martincito

She beats anybody and everybody, I mean if she still had that RARE AMAZING voice ability back in the 1990's the of these singers like cherice ferpango (Sounds like shes singing out of her nose), whitney housten (OMG don't even go there whitney, like seriously) and the lady that is at number 1 of this list like seriously///she is not the best singer ever, like if she were she would have beaten the beatles and even MARIAH CAREY on having the most number 1s (But is she on that record topping number "1" list NO)

She's the incredible singer in the world. No one can compete her voice, from the lower until the highest note. She can do more flawless and not to struggling when she do. The angelic voice is deserve for her. And the most important thing she wrote her song with inspire other people with true feeling, emotional and some other song give strong mentally influence. She do when some people discourage her because she believe in herself. No matter what happen she's the female artist of all time. She's prove that no one can compare her. The strongest but struggling to sing is not the true artist. I love her. I love everything about her voice. Mariah carey is the queen of voice.

dude. she should be no.1! she has the widest range with most no.1 singles... I mean, who can do that?
from soul to r&b, from pop to hip-hop, she does everything! SHE IS AMAZING!
when people believe her career was over, she came back, even stronger!
her lyrics touched many people's hearts and inspire and encourage people to believe in faith!
she's my no.1 diva! ALL TIME!
there will never be another mariah carey, with such a voice, such a beauty, and that smile with affability indside

No one could ever match Mariah. She is simply the best on all levels. Mariah is better looking than Celine and Whitney, writes her own lyrics, has had more number one hit records than both Whitney and Celine combined and neither one of those ladies can hit those unreachable high notes like Mariah can so effortlessly. Mariiah is still on top of her game as well. Who knows what happened to Celine after Vegas, she still there? Mariah is still making hits and videos. Whitney died on us rip her beautiful soul but, she couldn't sing any more. Mariah can still make jaws drop live. The length of Mariahs career says it all! Look how strong vocalists like Leona Lewis, Christina Aguliera and Tamara Braxton bring the voice when on stage. What do those three have in common? Their idol is Mariah Carey. She is quite simply put the best Singer to ever grace the charts. A hero to all, a heartbreaker, a dreamlover, a vision of love and a fantasy. Lets make it happen and put Mariah at one cause she is ...more

She is able to write and produce 14 songs to hit #1 on Billboard Hot 100 in ONE decade. Her whole career had 18. She gained 2 Grammys and 4 #1 singles by her DEBUT album. Don't say she is better just because she started first, Mariah is a bomb from the first year she entered the music industry. 5 octave voice with amazing colour. SHE CAN STILL SING if you see how she had done on #1ToInfinity concert that was a big success. What do you want? Catchy songs? I present you Honey, Dreamlover, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby, Heartbreaker, We Belong Together, Touch My Body, Don't Forget About Us, which are just a small example. A heartfelt ballad? She had a lot, but, Vision of Love, Love Takes Time and My All, I Don't Wanna Cry, Thank God I Found You could tell you enough. A song to dance to? Someday and Emotions would be amazing. An inspiration? Hero, Make It Happen, When You Believe, Can't Take That Away, and a lot. Song with raps? She had a ton, with Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, the Brat, ...more

Her stunning 5 to 7th octave vocal range is out of this world and she beats the beats the beatles in billboard ranking and she sold more than 200 million album worldwide and establish her slf as the most famous singer in the 90's even if she experienced an emotional breakdown in 2000's mariah stood again, in her course and continue uplifting her career even now mariah still reigns including her music especially her latest single #beautiful its just really amazing, mariah also influenced many of the new growing singers like christina aguilera, beyonce, britney spears, rihanna, leona lewis and manyvothers known to us as the songbird supreme and top as the most influential singer, producer, and writer she ranked second in VH1'S most influential female singer in the world, and ranked also second in the most richest female singer in the world next to madonna..still mariah proves that her style forever reigns and considered as one of the greatest, the legend, and the only mariah carey ever ...more

Mariah Carey is one of the best female singers of all time. She has more #1 singles than any other female artist. She is a legend and a classic. With two songs of the decade. She has the powerful 5 octave vocal range that continues to reach its potential today and she has the incredible writing skills that has allowed her to be the major selling business woman that many strive to be. Mariah Carey deserves to be on top of any board that deals with any kind of vocal ability and achievement platform.

Okay I understand why she is not first she can be first but she also should be equal with whitney over the following reasons, whitney has more vocal power and tone whilst Mariah has a more higher and frequent tone that sound like velvet when she belts high though most singers sound very bad or screech or scratch their voice though a lot of her live performances has shown that she is capable with control and not just another auto tuned freak like other artist's so personally I think Mariah is much much more higher and swifter whilst whitney has more vocal power I vote Mariah first Whitney second QOS (queen of soul) aretha third and patti labelle fourth and the rest history but I now what singing is and trust me even though mariah may seem bait high maintenance she worked hard for it and there is still that butterfly we can't take away from her and we all know she will come again and SLAY like a GODESS

I still haven't come across a singer that can sing like or parallel Mariah's amazing voice. There are singers that can sing certain notes like Mariah ex. Whitney, Aretha, Celine, Leona... but none have Mariah's range! She has simply contributed so much towards singing in such a short time. She has inspired so many singers who have openly stated that she was their influence... Brandy, Beyonce, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, even Lady Gaga. What other artist has inspired such a diverse and wide array of artists?

as an expert I rate mariah carey as the #1 artist of all time! mariah carey is the best female singer of the world of all time. no one can ever beat her in singing. her voice, her performance, charm, singing style,... all the things about her are the best! no singer on THE EARTH can sing better than her! sorry madonna, sorry, whitney (whitney is not even comparable to mariah carey, sorry christina, sorry beyonce). it's not joke! - matrixboy

Did anyone on the list write her own songs? The answer is NO! That means, they are only interpreter or performers of the songs created for them. All the credits for their songs don't go to them alone. Only Mariah can proudly say she deserves the recognition because she has written all her songs (except for the revivals, of course). Plus, her range, the low notes, the high ones, the whistles, the arrangement of the background vocals, the background vocals, the multiple voices in on line of the song, the layered voices (low, middle, whistles). She is and has always been, there are changes. But those are normal. She can do pop, r&b, gospel, rock, upbeat, acoustic, a Capella, hiphop, rap, jazz, classical, country, blues, etc. She should be the occupying the number one spot. She is still active and has the potential to be the all time record-holder for most number one songs.

5 Octave Range... Whistle Register... Best-Selling Female Artist Of All Time With 18 number 1's... Amazing Songwriter... Keeper Of A Voice So Out Of This World It Is The Closest Sound That Resembles An Angel's Cry... Loving Humanitarian... With Over 20 Years In The Music Business She Is Still Majorly Relevant And Respected With Her Last No1 Single Being Just 2 Years Ago... Over 200 Million Albums Sold Worldwide... A Role Model For Women, Men, Children Of All Races Especially Those Who Share A Mixed Heritage As Her Own... Incredibly Beautiful Inside And Out...!

Mariah is a music icon. Aside from having the most number one hits by a single artist, she is an outstanding songwriter. Her music is so personal and full of emotion that it helps her connect with her fans beyond the music. She has inspired so many artists and continues to grow music career. There is not many singers that I admire as much as her, and I believe she is one of the last great singers of our time. I could go on talking about Mariah, but her music says it all. Listen, and you too will understand why Mariah is on this list.

5 octaves, 2 notes. Belts lasting up to 20 seconds. Singer, songwriter, composer, producer. Revolutionary. Voice like an angel. Vision of Love inspired a whole generation of singers, and that was only the beginning. Her most touching songs are her songs about struggle, whether it be about her rise from a homeless teenager, or her frustration with struggles others due to racial issues. There is just so much she has accomplished in her career, and I don't think I have heard a better singer than early to mid 90's Mariah - be it opera or pop.

Let's face the fact that according to music experts Mariah Carey is the one who hit the highest note in music: she have the range (no doubt she's the queen of that), the power ( example is the song THe Vision of Love), maybe Mariah is not good like before but she doesn't need to prove that she can sing because even haters knows that Mariah Carey is the SUPREME SONGBIRD of Guinness book of word records a National Treasure, the diva's of all divas and the Hero of Lambs like me :3

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