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Mariah Carey is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer-songwriter and record producer Mariah Carey, released on June 12, 1990, by Columbia Records. Its music incorporates a range of contemporary genres with a mix of slow ballads and up-tempo tracks. Originally, Carey wrote four songs with Ben Margulies, which solely constituted her demo tape. After Carey was signed to Columbia, all four songs, after being altered and partially re-recorded, made the final cut for the album. Aside from Margulies, Carey worked with a range of professional writers and producers, all of whom were hired by Columbia CEO, Tommy Mottola. Mariah Carey featured production and writing from Rhett Lawrence, Ric Wake and Narada Michael Walden, all of whom were top record producers at the time. Together with Carey, they conceived the album and reconstructed her original demo tape. Reviews of the album generally complimented Carey's voice and technique, but were ambivalent towards the songwriting. It nonetheless became a commercial success, topping the Billboard 200 album chart for 11 consecutive weeks. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of nine million copies in the United States, certified Mariah Carey nine-times Platinum. The album experienced similar success in Canada, where it topped the charts and was certified seven times Platinum. Mariah Carey fared well in other worldwide territories, reaching the top ten in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. Worldwide, the album has sold more than 15 million copies. Five singles were released from the album, four of which became number-one hits on the Hot 100. "Vision of Love" was chosen as the album's lead single, topping the charts in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. The song was critically lauded, and is regarded as one of the strongest debut singles by a female artist. The album's second single, "Love Takes Time" was also well received and topped the charts in Canada and the US. With the following two singles, "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry" reaching number one in the US, Carey became the first artist since The Jackson 5 to have their first four singles top the charts in the United States. Background In 1988, an 18-year-old Carey moved out of her mother's house in Long Island, and into a small apartment in Manhattan. She had a demo tape consisting of four songs, which she had written during her high school years with Ben Margulies. As 1988 unfolded, Carey, still without a record deal, struggled to draw the attention of record executives in New York. While working several jobs, she continued writing and producing music with Margulies, making changes and additions to the demo. After months of difficulty, Carey met with singer Brenda K. Starr, and soon began singing back up for her. Eventually, Starr began hearing what she described as "glimpses" of Carey's voice throughout sessions, and noticed her "gifted voice". She realized Carey was capable of achieving success, but only needed help to break through into mainstream music. "I really didn't want to do it, but I said it’s got to be better than what I'm doing now. So I went to the audition, and Brenda was such a great person." —Carey, on auditioning for her position as back up with Starr One night, Starr took Carey to a record industry gala, attempting to convince a record label executive to listen her demo. Jerry L. Greenberg, president of Atlantic Records took notice of her. As Carey handed him the record, Tommy Mottola quickly grabbed the tape, insisting that he would deal with "the project". As Mottola got into his limousine later that evening, he played Carey's demo and quickly realized the talent that he had just discovered. He quickly returned to the event, but a discouraged Carey had already left. "For this particular time, she is my number one priority. We don't look at her as a dance-pop artist. We look at her as a franchise." —Don Ienner, president of Columbia Records, on his plans for working with Carey After a week of tracking her down through Starr's management, Mottola got in touch with Carey and brought her over to Columbia Records. After meeting with Carey and her mother Patricia for the first time, Mottola said, "When I heard and saw Mariah, there was absolutely no doubt that she was in every way destined for super-stardom." After a few brief meetings, Carey was signed to Columbia in December 1988. Mottola had assumed the top position at Sony, the parent label of Columbia, and began taking the company through various stages of change. One he felt was very important for the label's success was to discover a young and very talented female vocalist, to rival Whitney Houston from Arista Records, or a pop star to match Madonna, who was signed to Sire Records at the time. He felt that Carey represented both. Mottola's confidence in Carey led him to hire a range of talented and well-known musicians and songwriters to assist with Carey's demo, as well as to create new material. Among them were Ric Wake, Narada Michael Walden and Rhett Lawrence. Recording and composition "When we met she was 17 years old and I was 24. We worked together for a three-year period developing most of the songs on the first album. She had the ability just to hear things in the air and to start developing songs out of them. Often I would sit down and start playing something, and from the feel of a chord, she would start singing melody lines and coming up with a concept." —Ben Margulies, about his collaboration with Carey Carey and Ben Margulies began writing prior to Carey's signing, and had composed over fourteen songs; seven of which earned a place on the album. Originally, Carey and Margulies planned to produce the entire album as well, an idea her label did not permit. On the album, Carey worked with a range of producers and writers, including from Ben Margulies, Rhett Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden, Ric Wake and Walter Afanasieff; the latter would continue working extensively with Carey on future projects. As production for the album began, Carey worked with Walden in New York, where they produced "I Don't Wanna Cry". While he described Carey as "very shy," he noted how professional she was for someone her age. Additionally, Carey wrote, "There's Got to Be a Way" during her first recording session with Wake. During the session, they wrote four songs, but they only produced the latter song for the album. After flying to New York and working with Carey, Walden was astonished by her voice. Together, they collaborated on transforming many of the demo's songs into more commercial recordings, which took place in Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California. For her work with Lawrence, Carey traveled to New York once again. In the studio, she presented him with the demo of "Vision of Love" which she had written with Margulies years prior. Lawrence saw "potential" in the song, but he did not think much of it in its early stages. He described the song's sound as having a "fifties sort of shuffle". According to Lawrence, Carey needed a more contemporary sound, so they met in the studio alongside Margulies and producer Chris Toland. They added a new arrangement to the original chord progression, while Carey changed the song's melody and key. Afterwards, Margulies added few drum notes to the arrangement, including additional guitar and bass notes. "I was using my upper register...what happened was at the end of it, I did these vocal flips. When I was doing it, my voice split and went into a harmony. If you hear it, it splits. I was saying, 'Get rid of that,' but everyone was saying 'No way, we're keeping that'." —Carey, on the high notes she hit while experimenting with her voice in the studio When Carey worked with Walden on "I Don't Wanna Cry", they worked on several other songs. Together, they decided to "slow down the tempo" and create a "crying type of ballad," one which according to him, featured a direct inspiration from gospel genres. After they completed the song, Lawrence noted how much of a perfectionist Carey was. He said that after finishing the song, she returned to the studio the following week, all in order to correct "one line" that troubled her. As one of the four original songs she gave to Mottola, "Someday" became Wake's favorite from the start, "I loved that song right from the beginning...Then Mariah called me one day and said 'I'd love to do it if you want to do it.' It was great, I'm glad she called me." During its recording, Carey revealed how the song came into existence. She had been working on the demo with Margulies in his studio. As he began playing different notes on the electric keyboard, Carey directed him on the chord changes, while providing the chorus, lyrics and melody. In "All in Your Mind", Carey does a great vocal performance, doing staccatos up to F7. According to the artist, her voice "split" while doing those ornaments. While she thought to remove it from the song's recording, Wake and Walden were very impressed by the vocal flips, claiming that it would fit in perfectly. The debut album was completed and being mastered when Carey wrote "Love Takes Time" with Ben Margulies. Margulies said, "It was sort of a gospelish thing I was improvising, then we began working on it. It was on a work tape that we had...and we recorded a very quick demo. It was just a piano vocal demo - I played live piano, and she sang it." Carey was on a mini-tour of ten states, playing acoustically with a piano player and three back-up singers. While on a company plane, she played the demo of "Love Takes Time" for Columbia Records president Don Ienner. "All the important guys were on the plane," Margulies said. "Tommy Mottola, Ienner, and Bobby Colomby." Carey was told the song was a "career-maker," and that it had to go on the first album. She protested - her album was already being mastered, and she intended this ballad for her next release. The demo was sent to producer Afanasieff. When Carey flew west to work with Narada Michael Walden on some tracks for her first album, Tommy Mottola and Don Ienner were impressed with Afanasieff's work and gave him an executive staff producer job with the label. "I guess to see if he made the right choice, (Tommy) called me up one day," remembers Afanasieff. "He said, 'We've got this Mariah Carey album done, but there's a song that she and Ben Margulies wrote that is phenomenal, and I want to try everything we can to put it on the album.' I said, 'What do you want me to do?' and he said, 'You only have a couple of days, but are you ready to cut it?' I couldn't believe the opportunity that it was. I'd never produced anything by myself up until that time." The demo was very close to what Mottola wanted the finished product to be, according to Afanasieff. "We cut the song and the music and the basics in about a day - and the only reason is this deadline. It was do it or we were gonna miss out on the whole thing. We got the tape and recorded everything and we got on the plane and went to New York (and) did her vocals. She did all the backgrounds, practically sang all night...We came back to the studio that afternoon, and we had to fix one line very quickly, and then (engineer) Dana (Jon Chapelle) and I got back on the plane with the tape, went back to the studio in Sausalito, and mixed it. So it was a three-day process: a day and a half for music, kind of like a day for vocals, and a day for mixing." Afanasieff heard from Columbia executives as soon as they received the mix. They wanted Carey's vocal a little louder, so a remix was quickly completed. The producer asked if the song would still make the debut album, and was told, "We're going to do our best." On the first copies of the album that were printed, "Love Takes Time" was not listed on the cassette or compact disc liner notes, even though the song was on the cassette or CD itself. "(On) some of the original first copies of the record, they didn't have time to print the name of the song," Margulies laughs. "And so the song's on there, but it doesn't say that it's on there. It was a song that actually was strong enough to stop the pressing...I don't know if they had to throw away a few hundred copies." Promotion Aside from the heavy marketing and promotional campaign held by Sony Music, Carey performed on several television programs and award ceremonies, stateside and throughout Europe. Carey's first televised appearance was at the 1990 NBA Playoffs where she sang "America the Beautiful". Soon after, she performed "Vision of Love" back-to-back on both The Arsenio Hall Show and The Tonight Show. In September 1990, Carey appeared on Good Morning America where she performed an a cappella version of "Vision of Love," alongside the Billy T. Scott Ensemble. "Vision of Love" was performed on various other American television shows such as the 1991 Grammy Awards and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as European programs such as The Veronica Countdown (The Netherlands) and Wogan (United Kingdom). Carey has performed "Vision of Love" on most of her tours, up until her Angels Advocate Tour in 2010, where it remained absent from the set-list. Promotion for the album continued with Carey's follow up singles. "Love Takes Time" was performed on "The Arsenio Hall Show" as well as Carey's televised performance at "The Tattoo Club." The third single from Mariah Carey, "Someday", was performed at the 1991 American Music Awards, which helped it reach number one in the United States. Carey's fourth single "I Don't Wanna Cry", reached the top of the Hot 100 without any immediate promotion, as Carey had not performed the song until her Music Box Tour in 1993. As promotion for Mariah Carey ended, Sony released a fifth single "There's Got to Be a Way", in the UK. Most of the album's singles were performed live throughout Carey's short Music Box Tour. Both "Vision of Love" and "I Don't Wanna Cry" were performed on Carey's Asian and European Daydream World Tour (1996). Singles "Vision of Love" was the first single released from the album and became one of the most popular and critically praised songs of Carey's career. Additionally, "Vision of Love" is credited with bringing the use of melisma to the 1990s and inspiring various future talents. "Vision of Love" was nominated for three 1991 Grammy Awards: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (which it won), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. The song received the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female and a Songwriter Award at the BMI Pop Awards. In the United States, it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, during the week of August 2, 1990, staying atop the chart for four consecutive weeks. "Vision of Love" topped the singles chart in Canada and New Zealand as well, and appeared within the top ten in Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Aside from its chart success, music critics lauded the song. In a retrospective review on the album in 2005, Entertainment Weekly called the song "inspired" and complimented Carey's use of the whistle register in the song. Additionally, Rolling Stone said, "the fluttering strings of notes that decorate songs like 'Vision of Love', inspired the entire American Idol vocal school, for better or worse, and virtually every other female R&B singer since the nineties." Bill Lamb from said that "'Vision of Love' is one of the best songs of Mariah's recording career It is simply one of the most stunning debut releases ever by a pop recording artist." "Love Takes Time" served as the album's second single. The song became Carey's second single to top the singles chart in the United States, and third chart topper in Canada. While the song achieved strong success stateside, "Love Takes Time" barely charted inside the top ten in New Zealand and outside the top 20 in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. "Someday" (the album's third single) followed a similar pattern as "Love Takes Time," topping the chart in the US and Canada. In Australia, it peaked outside the top 40, and hit number 38 in France and the UK. "I Don't Wanna Cry", the album's fourth single, also topped the charts in the United States. The song became Carey's fourth chart topper in the US, finishing number 25 on Billboard's year-end chart. Aside from peaking at number two in Canada, it charted at number 49 in Australia. A fifth single, "There's Got to Be a Way", was released in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number fifty-four. Critical reception AllMusic 3.5/5 stars Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars Entertainment Weekly B− Q 4/5 stars The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars The Village Voice C In a contemporary review, Entertainment Weekly wrote that while Carey possessed an "astonishing vocal range and high ideals", the album was plagued by poor songwriting. Robert Christgau was more critical in The Village Voice, unenthusiastically touching on the opera roots of Carey's mother while finding much of the material clueless about its love themes. Jan DeKnock from the Chicago Tribune was more impressed by the album, finding it abundant with "sparkling tracks" that showcase Carey's songwriting and production talents, particularly "Vanishing". Mariah Carey was nominated for the 1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while "Vision of Love" received nominations in the categories of Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Carey won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and also received the award for Best New Artist. In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Arion Berger later wrote that "Carey debuted with an album of uplifting dance pop and R&B ballads, each song's composition co-credited to Carey and each providing an opportunity to unleash her wide vocal range." Ashley S. Battel from AllMusic found the record "extremely impressive" and described the songs as "smooth-sounding ballads and uplifting dance/R&B cuts" on an album that served "as a springboard for future successes". "Carey establishes a strong standard of comparison for other breakthrough artists of this genre", Battel concluded. Commercial performance Mariah Carey entered the US Billboard 200 at number 80, and reached the top 20 in its fourth week. The album topped the chart in its 36th week, due to Carey's exposure at the 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks; to date, it is the longest stay at number one in Carey's career. It remained in the top 20 for 65 weeks and on the Billboard 200 for 113 weeks. Mariah Carey was certified nine-times Platinum by the RIAA on December 15, 1999. The album has sold 4,885,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began counting sales after January 1, 1991. It became the best-selling album of 1991 in the United States. In Canada, the album peaked at number one on the Canadian RPM Albums Chart during the week of April 20, 1991. To date, the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), denoting shipments of 700,000 copies, certifies Mariah Carey seven-times Platinum. The album peaked at number six in Australia, where it went double Platinum and finished sixth on the ARIA Charts end of 1991 top 50 albums. During the week of September 15, 1990, Mariah Carey entered the UK Albums Chart at its peak of number six. After spending 40 weeks fluctuating in the chart, the album was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments of 300,000 copies. Worldwide sales of the album stand at 15 million copies. Legacy Since its release, Mariah Carey has been hailed as being a pop and R&B classic, with Trevor Anderson of Billboard describing it as jumpstarting "one of the most successful stories in pop music history". Commenting on the success of the album in the "particularly saturated female pop landscape in 1990", Anderson further states that the record helped Carey carve a place as the foremost musician of her generation. Critics have also noted the widespread influence of Carey’s vocal delivery on the album, particularly “Vision of Love”. Writing for Complex, Elena Bergeron described the record as "the album that launched a million runs", stating that it "gave an entire generation of would-be divas something to sing into their hairbrushes". R&B singer Beyoncé said that she began doing vocal "runs" after listening to "Vision of Love" for the first time, stating that it inspired her to follow a path into the music industry. Christina Aguilera has also stated how Carey's album had the biggest influence on her vocal styling and delivery. According to the Pier Dominguez, author of Christina Aguilera: A Star is Made, Carey's carefully choreographed image of a grown woman struck a chord with Aguilera, whose influence also stemmed from the fact that both were of mixed heritage. Carey's two wins at the 33rd critics, particularly in regards to the lip-syncing controversy surrounding Milli Vanilli the prior year, also commented upon Annual Grammy Awards. Speaking to the press after winning Best New Artist, Carey stated: "With all the controversy surrounding this award, I hope to bring it back to a real singer-songwriter category, where everyone else following me can be as proud as I am to receive this honor". The singer's performance of "Vision of Love" at the ceremony has consistently been ranked as one of the greatest award show performances of all time. Andrew Unterberger of Billboard described it as showcasing Carey "in full beast mode, tracing her unprecedented vocal runs with her hands and occasionally running out of room in the process; not excessively showy but unafraid of demonstrating". Unterberger further commented on Carey's exposure to the wider pop landscape following her debut at the award show, commenting on how "Mariah's self-titled debut LP shot to the top of the Billboard 200 and stayed there for 11 weeks" in the wake of her appearance. Both music critics and sociologists alike have also commented upon the singer’s outspokenness about her own multi-racial heritage at the time of her debut’s release. As noted by Professor Michael Eric Dyson in his book, Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture, Carey's "refusal to bow to public pressure" surrounding the nature of her ethnicity exposed "the messy, sometimes arbitrary, politics of definition and categorization" and "the racial contradictions at the centre of contemporary pop music" at the time. Sika Dagbovie-Mullins of Florida Atlantic University further credited Carey for breaking down existent racial barriers between pop and R&B, hailing her being a "multiracial heroine" for generations of mixed-race singers and songwriters.

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Mariah Carey (Mariah Carey) Album Songs

NoSong TitleTime
1.Vision Of Love 3:28
2.There's Got To Be A Way 4:52
3.I Don't Wanna Cry 4:47
4.Someday 4:05
5.Vanishing 4:11
6.All In Your Mind 4:42
7.Alone In Love 4:10
8.You Need Me 3:50
9.Sent From Up Above 4:03
10.Prisoner 4:22
11.Love Takes Time 3:48

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- Mariah!

This is the first CASSETTE TAPE I ever bought with my own money and the album will always have a soft spot in my heart for that reason, but I actually love this album for the songs.

- great voice

no one can hit hight notes like maraih carey i love her

- MSgt

Found the cassette while deployed during the Operation Desert Shield in Riyadh. Played the hell out of it and still a great album. Her vocal range really helped tolerate the lonely desert nights and a fan since then.

- A Legend, A First Hit Record

Mariah’s first work showcasing her powerhouse vocals that made her a Legend. This album we get to see this fresh new young talent take over the world and start to rival the industry’s best known female vocalists superstars.

- Before she sold out

I wish she could have stayed like this, a true talent. Incredible.....

- ✨✨✨✨

Legendary debut

- The album that:

Started it ALL. 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

- Didn't start listening till July 2013

I have 17 of her songs, all old songs, I have almost every song on this album. For a 15 year old who didn't know Mariah Carey's vocal abilities, the first time hearing these songs, I fell in love. I will never stop singing them, and never stop listening to them

- Must have

i love this album from mimi because im personally a fan of ballads and this album is full of them i persoanlly love I Dont Wanna Cry, Alone in Love, Love Takes time, Prisoner who am i kidding all of them lol

- flantastic dahhling

One of the very few LEGENDARY debut albums...

- Vocals

This album gave her a great start to become the diva she is now... love takes time is my favorite a must buy if you love Mariah Carey ⚜️

- LOOOOOVE the debut.

Mariah at her best! 😍😍 what a great way to start an awesome career. If you're a fan, this album is worth every penny. Besides it's where it began. I honestly can't skip through one song. It's that good. My favorites are I don't wanna cry, vanishing, all in your mind, & sent up from above. Especially the infamous vision of love. Great body of work! 😁👏

- Music I love.

This album came out when I was in such a dark place in my life. I love the whole album but their was one particular song that spoke to my heart, “ I can’t let go “ I listen to this over and over again. 25 years later it can still take me back to a time when I thought my life was over. This will always be my most favorite Mariah album even today.

- Flawless album overall !

Vision of love <3

- Love

Love Mariah Carey’s debut album. Enough said.

- when you had to be great

Music is a far cry from this now, all new artist are following that indie voice formula

- Perfection at its best!

I listened to We Belong Together and it mdde me want to go back to the beginning of her career, and I don't regret it at all. 90's Mariah is legendary. My favorite songs from this one are "Vanishing" "All in Your Mind" & "Vision of Love" but the whole album is great. Buy it I recommend it! I'm 16 and I love this music much more than anything that's been coming out lately. Buy it!!!!!

- Best Debut album

Those of you who are calling Ariana Grande the 'new young mariah' please reconsider and listen to this album all the way through. Ariana is the same age now as Mariah was when this album came out . Mariah recorded this album when she was 18-19 and it was released when she was 20,Ariana recorded her album at 19 and she turned 20 around the time it came out. Mariah was FAAAAARR SUPERIOR a vocalist than ariana is, mariah WAS better than Whitney and Celine. Ariana is talented,she isnt into the whole electronic dance music thing,and has a real voice,but calling her the new Mariah Carey is stupid and incorrect. Ariana 'belts' in head voice,she is more airy than Mariah ever has been, her 'lower' register,isnt low at all and she sounds like Britney Spears,Jennifer Lopez or Paula Abdul (A.K.A WEAK) Ariana doesnt have any pf the power or resonance that Mariah has always had. Even in Mariah's weaker years ,she is still superior to Ariana. This is one of the best debut albums(Christina Aguilera did the same early success in '99) Mariah's voice was at its best during this era. Probably her best album too. This album is 23 years odl and NEVER GETS OLD. Ariana's album is 3 months old and is already boring and not memorable hate on Ariana,im just tired of all the comparisons. especially 14 year olds saying 'Ariana sounds like mariah carey,but better!' you are FOOLISHHH

- The best album of all time!

This was my favorite album of hers—still, nithing can’t top this

- 30 years later and will always be a gem!

This was the album that made the world a better place! The universe was not ready for what hit them when Mariah released this and made all our lives better! 🎙

- Absolutely beautiful wow

I can’t. A walking legend wow. What a debut. Spawned 2 #1s and just an overall good album

- Amazing

This is a great debut album. I have to stan!

- One of the Best Albums of All Time

At least in my humble opinion. It takes me back to my teenhood when I needed something to help me through the rough times. Though the album was a bit older in genre than my generation was listening to, it did the job. Ms. Carey's voice transcends and delivers such a powerful message. I really wish she would go back to this persona, if only for one more album. A must have for any music fan, along with Music Box.

- WOW, just WOW 👏

Mariah🎤is the voice of a lifetime. 😇

- Yes

I love the songs "Someday" and "Prisoner."

- Mariah's first and excellent album

Mariah Carey really put a beautiful voice into her first album. I was not born when this album came out, but it was great. Butterfly was also a great album, and so as Daydream. Keep it up Mariah!!!!!😁😁😁😁

- The debut

This is an archetype of a debut album.

- Becky Anthony


- Probably one of my favorite albums of all time. For real.

Absolutely amazing. Not words as to describe Mariah Carey's voice. Just... OMGOMGOMG!!! I love all of the songs. There is not one I didn't like. Some I liked more than others, but there wasn't one I disliked. I love what Mariah has to talk about on the album, especially in There's Got To Be A Way or Vision Of Love. Topics like hope and world peace. I also like how Mariah talks about love in a way only Mariah can. I could go on forever. Loved this album so much. A fan since 2014. Might actually buy my own copy just to hear it on the stereo.

- Great 90s memories

This and music box are essential Mariah Carey albums. I just love the 90s vibes and you truly believed she was one of the greatest singers of all time. She was certainly the greatest singer of the era. I was a young teen when this was released. No cares in the world; days seemed like they lasted forever. This album is part of my mental time capsule of a great decade, and certainly an amazing decade for “real” music.

- Vision of love

Love the first album by her no words needed soo good

- Mariah Carey

I LOVE her voice


This is Mariah!! From her soul. Not the Diva. I MISS THIS.

- Where to begin..

To call him this album a classic would be the understatement of the century. Almost 25 years later and I can still listen to this album DAILY! "Alone In Love" is one of my all-time favorite songs!! That, Prisoner, Sent From Above, Vision Of Love, All In Your Mind... Wow. Just wow. If you don't own this, GET IT

- A legendary start to a legendary career

It’s no wonder that over a third of the songs on this album hit number 1. Throughout the album Mariah showcases her incredible vocals. Not a single time did I get bored while listening, which is rare for me. With a mix of ballads and dance tracks, this is the definition of what an album should be.

- ⭐️



pure excellence

- I like it

I like her whistles

- Vocals

Best album form an amazing vocalist!

- Fantastic

A fantastic singer manages to hit it out of the park on her first try (she certainly had a lot of assists with popular producers at the time). Despite all the theatrics and perfection that went into this album, the vocals are what stand above it all. In particular, "Vision of Love," "Don't Wanna Cry," & "Vanishing" were jaw-dropping vocally. The rest is very good too, even if some of the songs have dated musicality ("Love Takes Time" and "You Need Me" especially). Don't ignore this album if you love fantastic vocals and buy every song if you're a Carey fan.

- Album to enjoy and listen to for decades

No one can compete with MC😘😘her voice is beautiful and so is she. ✨✨✨💕 NO SKIPS!! ☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽☝🏽😎

- The phenomenon that she is.

I remember walking around in New York and hearing Vision Of Love for the first time. It had just been released. I had a radio walkman and they played it on the radio. I was so blown away by that song I had to go sit down somewhere on the sidewalk next time they played it. One of my favorite songs of all time. Ultimately I got the whole album and the whole album blew me away.

- Amazing

Just discovered this album 25 years later. Disappointed I didn’t hear it sooner, but better late than never!


Every song screams the word "quality".

- Much better than her new songs

I didn't even know about this album till July of 2013. Besides one song, every other song is my favorite I can't choose between them. I'm a little sad though "There's Got to Be A Way" has not been viewed on YouTube a lot, and it's not a lot of people's "most remembered" by her. Ummmm hello listen to the lyrics, listen to her vocal range, listen to the belting notes that not a lot of people in the music business can hit besides her, how can people like other songs over this one?

- ❤️♾ Mariah Carey

I love Mariah Carey and her 1990s stuff. I will forever. This is one of her best albums. I first heard “Vision of Love” when I was 1. Even though Vision of Love was not the first song I heard from her, she is still queen. Her high notes, soulful singing, and beauty is amazing. All of the songs in this album is amazing and outstanding! Including the fact that she raps in some parts of Prisoner!! GET IT MARIAH!!!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️

- The beginning of the best singers career

This album is seriously the best!! It's timeless!!

- A legend

Legendary debut

- The VOCALS give me LIFE

The vocals, the lyrics, the darkness in her voice. PRISIONER goes so hard. Love takes time is the original WE BELONG TOGETHER. Best debut EVER

- Best Album Of All Time

This Album really brung me to tears sometimes. Her Voice is just so Amazing !

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- Her best album ever💋❤️

Way to go. I wish Mariah can make album Like this again.👍👍👍👍👍

- Excellent album

100% excellent

- a hit


- Annoying

Annoying like all her music. Sounds like a cat getting ran over

- She sounds so amazing!

Her voice is great! this album totally shows of her huge vocal range. I think vision of love and love takes time are the best songs on the album. the only reason why i am giving it 4 stars is because some of the songs on this album are not as good as they could be but most of them sound amazing. buy this album!

- Brilliance

Cannot believe she cowrote most of the album. This was the start of the unfortunate riffs and high notes that ruined American Idol and Christina Aguilera. Only suitable for the queen.


That is all.

- this is perfecttttt

this is the best debut album ever. honestly the best singer in the world. she has such a huge career. Incredible

- Her Best

Every song has depth and range - this was her best album. Nothing on here just to fluff it up and no need to flaunt sexuality - her voice was enough. Great album!!!

- The Best

WOW MARIAH! This is by far most the best debut album I have ever heard in my life! Your range! Oh my gosh it's phenominal. This is exactly why Mariah is the best selling female recording artist of all time...even though many people say she sucks, she doesn't. People just can't handle the amount of fame she has. DON'T LISTEN TO THEM MARIAH!! Your voice is something that god has given to you as a gift, and you have done so much good with it. All i can say is keep it up.

- Classic

Say what you like about Mariah’s newer stuff but this, her debut album is still the best thing she ever did. The power and passion and talent on display here rivals Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. If only Mariah made more records like this.

- Mrs G

This is one of the few albums in music history where you can sing along to every song and be in the moment with the artist. I loved it as a kid and I still love it now, Mariah's best album

- Hello MARIAH

Hello Everyone, We're talking about REAL MUSIC. A hit album that you DO NOT WANT TO MISS

- Simply the best

This is one of my favourite albums of all time. I bought it back in 1990 on cassette, then bought it on CD and now I'm buying it on digital. That's how much it means to me. I was 20 years old and about the same age as her when she released it. Brings back so many good memories. This is the best of her 90's albums and I can never get enough of it. It's a beautiful piece of music with the help of that stunning voice. Highly recommended for those who love 90's R&B.

- Me. I am the REAL Mariah

Now this album is the true Mariah.... Pure voice and talent. Pre fame and pre marriage to Tommy Mottola and pre legendary status . This album is brilliant and it showcases Mariah's talent as both a singer and songwriter . Highlights include : There's got to be a way, love takes time and All in your mind . Highly recommended

- Iconic iconic iconic

This is definitely one of her best

- The introduction of a legend!

This was the album that began Mariah's amazing career - leading her to becoming the most successful female recording artist in HISTORY! All 4 singles from this album hit #1 - a record no one else has come close to! Highly recommended!

- Best Debut of the 90s!

Hands down iconic record. Not one bad track. First album that led to one of the greatest female singer careers of all time.

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Mariah Carey Wiki

Mariah Carey (; born March 27, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. An influential figure in popular music, she is known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register. Carey is also credited with influencing vocal styles, merging hip-hop with pop through her collaborations, popularizing remixes, and helping break down racial barriers for multiracial Americans in popular culture. Referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records, she was ranked as the fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone in 2023, and has been dubbed the "Queen of Christmas" for the enduring popularity of her Christmas music, particularly the 1994 song "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which is the best-selling holiday song by a female artist. Carey rose to fame in 1990 with her self-titled debut album under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, whom she later married in 1993. She is the only artist to date to have their first five singles reach number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions". Carey gained worldwide success with her albums Music Box (1993) and Daydream (1995)―both of which rank among the best-selling albums and spawned singles such as "Dreamlover", "Hero", "Without You", "Fantasy", "Always Be My Baby" and "One Sweet Day". The lattermost of these topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (1990s). After separating from Mottola, Carey adopted a new urban image and began incorporating more hip-hop and R&B elements with the releases of Butterfly (1997) and Rainbow (1999). By the end of the 1990s, Billboard ranked Carey as the most successful artist of the decade in the United States. She left Columbia Records in 2001 after eleven consecutive years of US number-one singles and signed a record deal with Virgin Records. Following a highly publicized breakdown and the failure of her 2001 film Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack, Virgin bought out Carey's contract, and she signed with Island Records the following year. After a brief, mildly successful period, Carey returned to the top of the charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005) which became one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century. Its second single, "We Belong Together", topped the US Billboard Hot 100 decade-end chart (2000s). Her subsequent ventures included roles in the films Precious (2009), The Butler (2013), A Christmas Melody (2015), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), being an American Idol judge, starring in the docu-series Mariah's World, performing multiple concert residencies, and publishing the memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey (2020). Carey is one of the best-selling music artists, with over 220 million records sold worldwide, and is an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. In 2019, Billboard named her the top-charting female solo artist, based on both album and song chart success. She holds the record for the most Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles by a solo artist (19), a female songwriter (18), and a female producer (15), spending a record 93 weeks atop the chart. Carey is the highest-certified female artist in the United States and 10th overall, with 75 million certified album units. Among her accolades are 6 Grammy Awards (including the Global Impact Award), 10 American Music Awards, 20 Billboard Music Awards and 12 Guinness World Records.

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