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Mariah Carey is widely considered one of the greatest female vocalists and best R&B singers of all time. List of the best Mariah Carey albums, including pictures of the album covers when available. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic style, and signature use of the whistle register, Mariah Carey has been crushing the charts since her self-titled release in 1990 which yielded "Vision of Love." Of course, Daydream (1995) and Butterfly (1997) were just two of her studio releases that 20 and 10 million copies worldwide respectively. 

This Mariah Carey discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Mariah Carey albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included Mariah Carey singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Mariah Carey album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Mariah Carey album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

The list you're viewing has a variety of albums, like The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) and Merry Christmas (1994), in it. This list of popular Mariah Carey CDs has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion.

Butterfly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time
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1 324 VOTES

Butterfly


1. Honey
2. Butterfly
3. My All
4. The Roof
5. Fourth of July
6. Breakdown
7. Babydoll
8. Close My Eyes
9. Whenever You Call
10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
11. The Beautiful Ones
12. Outside
13. Honey
14. Honey
15. Mi Todo

Release Date: 1997

Artist: Mariah Carey

Producer: Sean Combs, Stevie J, Walter Afanasieff, Cory Rooney, Mariah Carey, + more

Tracks: Whenever You Call, The Roof, Breakdown, Fourth of July, Honey, + more

Length (mins): 00:57:19

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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Daydream is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time
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Daydream


1. Fantasy
2. Underneath the Stars
3. One Sweet Day
4. Open Arms
5. Always Be My Baby
6. I Am Free
7. When I Saw You
8. Long Ago
9. Melt Away
10. Forever
11. Daydream Interlude
12. Looking In

Release Date: 1995

Artist: Mariah Carey

Producer: Jermaine Dupri, Walter Afanasieff, Manuel Seal, Mariah Carey, Dave Hall

Tracks: When I Saw You, One Sweet Day, Fantasy, I Am Free, Long Ago, + more

Length (mins): 00:46:44

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Contemporary R&B

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#5 on The Best Grammy-Nominated Pop Vocal Albums of the 1990s

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The Emancipation of Mimi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time
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1. It's Like That
2. We Belong Together
3. Shake It Off
4. Mine Again
5. Say Somethin'
6. Stay the Night
7. Get Your Number
8. One and Only
9. Circles
10. Your Girl
11. I Wish You Knew
12. To the Floor
13. Joy Ride
14. Fly Like a Bird

Release Date: 2005

Artist: Mariah Carey

Producer: Bryan-Michael Cox, Swizz Beatz, The Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, L.A. Reid, + more

Tracks: Shake It Off, Say Somethin', I Wish You Knew, Your Girl, Mine Again, + more

Genres (Music): Pop music, Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time
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Mariah Carey


1. Vision of Love
2. There's Got to Be a Way
3. I Don't Wanna Cry
4. Someday
5. Vanishing
6. All in Your Mind
7. Alone in Love
8. You Need Me
9. Sent From Up Above
10. Prisoner
11. Love Takes Time

Release Date: 1990

Artist: Mariah Carey

Producer: Walter Afanasieff, Narada Michael Walden, Ric Wake, Rhett Lawrence, Ben Margulies

Tracks: You Need Me, Sent From Up Above, Vanishing, I Don't Wanna Cry, All in Your Mind, + more

Length (mins): 00:46:44

Label: Columbia

Genres (Music): Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Dance music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B

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