Mariah Carey (1990)
The debut and self titled album from the 5 octave range giant had all four of it's US released singles hit number one on the Billboard Charts. Lead single “Vision of Love” became a staple part of her arsenal and a clear inspiration for the American Idol way of singing a ballad.
Her whistle note was showed off on most of the tracks. “Someday” was the most uptempo of these number ones, incorporating the jack swing style that became popular. “I Don't Wanna Cry” and “Love Takes Time” (one of my personal favorites) furthered her ballad intense discography. This album and it's singles established Mariah Carey as one of the superior vocal talents on the music scene.
Her second album only featured one single to top the charts, the other two hitting the top 5, and ending her streak of number ones. “Emotions” was the most lyrically bland and vocally soaring song to ever top the charts and was a testimony to her success as a singer.
The EP featured live performances of some of her major hits as well as her fifth number one single a cover of the Jackson 5 song “I'll Be There”. Just like the original it hit the top of the charts.
Music Box one of her most critically acclaimed albums and diamond selling albums found itself bolstered by two number one hits. First and second single “Dreamlover” and “Hero” were massive hits that anyone alive in the nineties will try to hit a high note on.
All three of the charting singles for the icon's fifth studio album hit number one in the United States. If Mariah Carey wasn't already cemented as an icon this album went on to further that reputation. “Fantasy”, “Always Be My Baby”, and the duet with supergroup Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day” are among it's identifiable this. “One Sweet Day” spent 16 weeks atop the Hot 100, the longest leading single ever in the United States, and it was the most successful song of the decade.
Two more number one hits founds themselves attached to Mariah Carey's name with this album. “Honey” and “My All” found themselves into the hearts of little Lambs everywhere.
Mariah Carey was still at the top of her game when Rainbow was released. Two singles found themselves at number one. “Heartbreaker” with Jay-Z and “Thank God I Found You” with Joe and 98 Degrees. She continued her transition into R&B and hip-hop with commercial viability.
This album found Mariah Carey back on the airwaves of American radio. She'd gone a studio album and a soundtrack without a number one hit (the horror). “We Belong Together” was the biggest song of the 2000's and every single one of us still tries to hit that high note at the end. The equally memorable if not as successful “Don't Forget About Us” also scaled the charts.
Her last studio album to feature a chart topper, “Touch My Body” had a playfully fun music video featuring everyone's favorite nerd Jack McBrayer. It's also possible it partially inspired the lyrics in Ariana Grande's new single, “Into You” who's chorus features the lyrics, “a little less conversation and a little more touch my body.”
It's hard to say if this is Mariah Carey's last chart topper, but I wouldn't count her out just yet. Madonna has pulled through and certainly she can to. All it takes is one hit to capture the public's imagination and we all know she can deliver. Who knows. She might even have the biggest hit of the decade yet.