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The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 6.2k votes 930 voters 7.4k views15 items

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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.

  • 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
    • Length (mins): 00:46:44
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Contemporary R&B
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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
    • Tracks: Shake It Off, Say Somethin', I Wish You Knew
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B
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  • 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
    • Tracks: Whenever You Call, The Roof, Breakdown
    • Length (mins): 00:57:19
    • Label: Columbia
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Hip hop music, Soul music, Contemporary R&B
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  • 1. Through the Rain
    2. Boy (I Need You)
    3. The One
    4. Yours
    5. You Got Me
    6. I Only Wanted
    7. Clown
    8. My Saving Grace
    9.  You Had Your Chance
    10. Lullaby
    11. Irresistible (West Side Connection)
    12. Subtle Invitation
    13. Bringin' on the Heartbreak
    14. Sunflowers for Alfred Roy
    15. Through the Rain (Remix)

    • Release Date: 2002
    • Artist: Mariah Carey
    • Producer: Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Mariah Carey, Justin Smith, Randy Jackson
    • Tracks: Lullaby, Sunflowers for Alfred Roy, Clown
    • Length (mins): 01:04:36
    • Genres (Music): Pop music, Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B
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