Never Too Far

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"NeverToo Far"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album Glitter
Released October 23, 2001[1]
Format CD single, 12" single
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:21
3:58 (Edit)
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mariah Carey, James Harris, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Mariah Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Never Too Far"
"Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"
Music sample
26 second sample of Mariah Carey's "Never Too Far"

"Never Too Far" is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for Carey's tenth album/soundtrack, Glitter. The protagonist of this ballad states that although physical distance can sometimes separate lovers, the love they share will never be too far apart. It was released as the album's second single in October 2001, and was Carey's first radio airplay-only release in the U.S. after 1998 when Billboard magazine had given chart eligibility to singles that weren't released in a physical format.

"Never Too Far" reached No. 105 on the Billboard chart. It was not solicited to R&B radio stations in the U.S. As a double A-side with "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)", the single reached the top forty in the United Kingdom and Australia. In Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden, it was released on its own and peaked outside the top forty.

No remixes of the song were commissioned, though a radio edit reduces the lengthy introduction. The charity single "Never Too Far/Hero Medley" combines the first verse of "Never Too Far" with a re-recorded version of the second verse and bridge of Carey's "Hero" (1993), and it was later released in the U.S. and charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 81.

Carey was unable to film a music video for the single as she was recovering from an emotional and physical breakdown. Instead, a video was created using a scene taken directly from the film Glitter, where Billie Frank (played by Carey) sings the song at Madison Square Garden during her first sold-out concert. Frank's performance of the song in the film omits its entire second verse, and the song's development runs in parallel with the film's love story.

Critical reception[edit]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine called this another "syrupy-sweet" ballad on album and that it "harbors over-the-top performances worthy of "Star Search" (more than fitting considering the film's '80s-era rags-to-riches storyline.)"[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "Never Too Far" (Edit)
  2. "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" (featuring Mystikal)

Australian/European CD maxi-single

  1. "Never Too Far" (Edit)
  2. "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)" (featuring Mystikal)
  3. "Loverboy" (Drums Of Love)
  4. "Never Too Far" (The Video)


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 36^
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 4^
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 1^
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 67^
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 97
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 16^
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 56
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 65^
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 32^
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) [13] 17

^ "Never Too Far" / "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)"


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