The Ballads (Mariah Carey album)

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The Ballads
Compilation album by Mariah Carey
Released January 22, 2009 (2009-01-22)
(see release history)
Recorded 1989–2001
Length 70:41 (UK)
75:32 (U.S.)
76:10 (Japan)
Label Legacy, Columbia, Virgin
Producer Mariah Carey
Walter Afanasieff
Jermaine Dupri
Manuel Seal
Rhett Lawrence
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Dave Hall
DJ Clue
Stevie J
Mike Mason
Steve Mac
Mariah Carey chronology
The Ballads
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

The Ballads (released in the UK in 2010 as LoveSongs) is the second compilation album by American pop/R&B singer-songwriter Mariah Carey.[1][2] The album features some of Carey's top selling ballads over the course of her career. It was released internationally in late 2008, and in North America in January 2009.

About the album[edit]

The album contains some of Carey's hits and singles, primarily from her time at Columbia Records. It does not feature any new material or include songs recorded with her current label, Island Records.

Re-recording of "Hero"[edit]

The 1993 single "Hero" was re-recorded and re-released to promote the The Ballads compilation. The video shows Mariah Carey walking into the recording room accompanied by her dog, lingering in the studio and singing to the song. It is intercut with a scene of New York City during the night.[3]


She performed "Hero" at the Inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009 in Washington, D.C.,[4] and was featured on a CBS TV special.[5]

A limited edition of The Ballads was being sold exclusively at all Target Stores. The CD comes in a gift pack that includes a small bottle of Carey's fragrance Luscious Pink.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Album Length
1. "Hero"   Music Box 4:19
2. "One Sweet Day" (feat. Boyz II Men) Daydream 4:41
3. "Vision of Love"   Mariah Carey 3:31
4. "Without You"   Music Box 3:34
5. "Can't Let Go"   Emotions 4:27
6. "Love Takes Time"   Mariah Carey 3:49
7. "I'll Be There" (feat. Trey Lorenz) MTV Unplugged 4:43
8. "Thank God I Found You" (Make It Last Remix feat. Joe and Nas) Rainbow 5:09
9. "Endless Love" (feat. Luther Vandross) Songs 4:18
10. "I Still Believe"   #1's 3:54
11. "My All"   Butterfly 3:50
12. "The Roof (Back in Time)"   Butterfly 5:14
13. "When You Believe" (with Whitney Houston) #1's 4:31
14. "Anytime You Need a Friend"   Music Box 4:26
15. "Always Be My Baby"   Daydream 4:18
16. "Dreamlover"   Music Box 3:53
17. "How Much" (feat. Usher) Rainbow 3:31
18. "Reflections (Care Enough)"   Glitter 3:23
Total length:

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]

Blogcritics said: "This release is a different type of Mariah Carey album. Without her faster and hip hop songs, it is smoother as it puts the focus squarely on her vocals which has always been her greatest attribute and saving grace."[7] Allmusic said: "And that's what The Ballads is: nothing but big love songs sung in a big voice."[6] Billboard stated that the album "will keep singing on the chart as we get closer to Valentine's Day, as it seems like a natural gift purchase."[8]


The album debuted at number 17 on UK Albums Chart. Following a successful appearance on X Factor, the album peaked at number 13 in its 4th week and remained on chart for ten consecutive weeks. In Ireland, the album peaked at number 8 and remained on chart for twelve weeks, and has been certified gold. In New Zealand, the album peaked at number 19, remaining on chart for three weeks. The album also debuted at number 79 in Australia. In Japan, the album has reached number 19. The album debuted at number 45 on the Dutch Albums Chart and fell nine spots behind in the second week. In the third week the album climbed from number 54 to 5.[9]

The album debuted at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 29,000 units.[10] It was the chart's highest debut in that week and the fourth compilation that Carey has charted, following #1's (number 4 in 1998), Greatest Hits (number 52 in 2001) and The Remixes (number 26 in 2003).[10] It also debut at number 7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[11] As of April 2013, the album has sold 160,000 copies in the US.[12]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

  • Italy – October 17, 2008[25]
  • South Korea and Argentina – October 21, 2008[26]
  • Hong Kong – October 22, 2008
  • Germany – October 24, 2008;[27] April 10, 2009[28]
  • Australia – November 3, 2008[29]
  • France – November 17, 2008[30]
  • Japan – November 26, 2008[31]
  • Canada – November 2008
  • Brazil – December 2, 2008[32]
  • Taiwan – December 30, 2008[33]
  • Portugal – January 19, 2009[34]
  • US – January 20, 2009[35]
  • Spain – February 3, 2009[36]


Compilation album by Mariah Carey
Released February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Recorded 1989-2001
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 66:39 (UK)
Label Legacy, Columbia
Producer Mariah Carey
Walter Afanasieff
Jermaine Dupri
Manuel Seal
Rhett Lawrence
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Dave Hall
DJ Clue
Stevie J
Mike Mason
Steve Mac
Mariah Carey chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas II You

LoveSongs is the third compilation album by Mariah Carey. It is a re-release of The Ballads (without the song "All I Want for Christmas Is You"), and was released exclusively in the UK in time for Valentine's Day on February 8, 2010.[37][38][39]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Hero"   4:19
2. "Vision of Love"   3:31
3. "Without You"   3:34
4. "Always Be My Baby"   4:18
5. "My All"   3:50
6. "How Much" (featuring Usher) 3:31
7. "Dreamlover"   3:53
8. "Thank God I Found You" (Make It Last Remix featuring Joe and Nas) 5:09
9. "The Roof (Back in Time)"   5:14
10. "One Sweet Day" (featuring Boyz II Men) 4:41
11. "Anytime You Need a Friend"   4:26
12. "I'll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz) 4:43
13. "I Still Believe"   3:54
14. "Reflections (Care Enough)"   3:23
15. "Open Arms"   3:30
16. "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (featuring Westlife) 3:25
17. "Endless Love" (featuring Luther Vandross) 4:18


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