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The Best Mariah Carey Albums of All Time

Updated October 13, 2018 6.2k votes 944 voters 7.5k 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

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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

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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

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          1. Emotions (12" club mix)
          2. Emotions (12" instrumental)
          3. Emotions (album version)
          4. There's Got to Be a Way (12" mix)
          5. There's Got to Be a Way (vocal dub mix)

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