Greatest Hits (Mariah Carey album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedDecember 4, 2001
Recorded1988–2001
Length123:05
LabelColumbia
Producer
Mariah Carey chronology
Glitter
(2001)
Greatest Hits
(2001)
Charmbracelet
(2002)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Never Too Far/Hero Medley"
    Released: December 11, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
PopMatters(Positive)[2]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, released in the United States on December 4, 2001 by Columbia Records. It is a greatest hits double album: CD 1 is primarily a collection of Carey's hits from 1990 to 1995, while CD 2 is primarily a collection of hits from 1996 to 2000. In 2011, the album was re-issued outside the US with the same track listing, under the title of The Essential Mariah Carey.

Content[edit]

Carey had previously released the compilation album #1's (1998), but the release of her Greatest Hits album was a contractual agreement beyond her control, since she had left Columbia Records and had moved on to Virgin Records. The album had little creative input from Carey and there are no personal messages within its liner notes, unlike #1's. All tracks from the previous album, with the exception of "Whenever You Call" with Brian McKnight, and the #1's non-U.S. bonus track "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" are included on LP. Greatest Hits. Tracks that weren't included on #1's are:

Most non-U.S. versions of Greatest Hits retain the track listing as listed below with the addition of "Against All Odds" (2000), a duet with Westlife. The Japanese version contains "Against All Odds", "Open Arms" (1996), the non-single album track "Music Box" from the album Music Box (1993), and the Merry Christmas album version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You"; it is also the only album to include the "Never Too Far/Hero Medley" (2001) single. Unlike most non-U.S. versions of the Greatest Hits album, the So So Def Remix of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was not included on the original UK edition but on the album's 2005 re-release.

Commercial performance[edit]

As of November 2018, Greatest Hits has sold 1,230,000 copies in the US.[4] Globally, the album has sold an estimated five million copies.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Vision of Love"3:30
2."Love Takes Time"
  • Carey
  • Margulies
Walter Afanasieff3:48
3."Someday"
  • Carey
  • Margulies
Ric Wake4:07
4."I Don't Wanna Cry"
  • Carey
  • Walden
Walden4:49
5."Emotions"
  • Carey
  • Cole
  • Clivillés
4:09
6."Can't Let Go"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:27
7."Make It Happen"
  • Carey
  • Cole
  • Clivillés
  • Carey
  • Cole
  • Clivillés
5:08
8."I'll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:24
9."Dreamlover"
  • Carey
  • Hall
  • Afanasieff
3:54
10."Hero"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:18
11."Without You"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
3:34
12."Anytime You Need a Friend"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:26
13."Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross)Lionel RichieAfanasieff4:20
14."Fantasy"
  • Carey
  • Hall
4:04
15."Music Box" (Japanese bonus track)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:57
16."All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Japanese bonus track)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:02
17."Open Arms" (Japanese bonus track)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
3:30
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Sweet Day" (duet with Boyz II Men)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:41
2."Always Be My Baby"
  • Carey
  • Dupri
  • Seal
4:18
3."Forever"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:01
4."Underneath the Stars"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
3:33
5."Honey"4:59
6."Butterfly"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
4:34
7."My All"
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
3:50
8."Sweetheart"
  • Dupri
  • Carey
4:22
9."When You Believe" (duet with Whitney Houston)Babyface4:34
10."I Still Believe"
  • Carey
  • Stevie J
  • Mike Mason
3:54
11."Heartbreaker" (featuring Jay-Z)
  • Carey
  • Shawn Carter
  • Walden
  • Shirley Ellison
  • Lincoln Chase
  • Jeffrey Cohen
4:46
12."Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees)
  • Carey
  • Harris III
  • Lewis
4:17
13."Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"
  • Carey
  • Harris III
  • Lewis
4:32
14."Against All Odds" (featuring Westlife) (non-US bonus track)Phil Collins3:21
15."All I Want for Christmas Is You" (So So Def Remix featuring Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Arthur Baker
  • John Robie
  • Kevin Donovan
  • Ellis Williams
  • Robert Darrell Allen
  • John Miller
  • John Byas
  • Ralf Hütter
  • Florian Schneider
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Dupri
3:43
16."Never Too Far/Hero Medley" (Japanese bonus track)
  • Carey
  • Afanasieff
  • Harris III
  • Lewis
4:48

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[30] Platinum 125,000*
France (SNEP)[32] Gold 137,600[31]
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[33] Gold 10,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[34] Platinum 15,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 2× Platinum 1,230,000[4]
Worldwide 5,000,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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