Greatest Hits (Mariah Carey album)

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Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by Mariah Carey
Released December 4, 2001
Recorded 1988–2001
Length 123:05
Label Columbia, Virgin
Producer Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff, Puff Daddy, Q-Tip, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Dave Hall, DJ Clue, Duro, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Stevie J, Mike Mason, David Cole, Robert Clivillés, Babyface, Narada Michael Walden, Rhett Lawrence, Ric Wake
Mariah Carey chronology
Greatest Hits
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Never Too Far/Hero Medley"
    Released: December 11, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
PopMatters (Positive)[2]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album by American recording artist 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. In 2012, The Essential Mariah Carey was released in North America with a slightly different track listing, replacing some hits with their extended club mixes, and others being completely removed in favor of tracks that had not been released as singles. Much of the artwork inside the album booklet is very similar to that of the Greatest Hits release.

Greatest Hits is one of only three albums to have featured in the ARIA Top 200 Digital Albums Chart in Australia every week since its introduction in 2007. The other two are Michael Jackson's Number Ones and Pink's I'm Not Dead.


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 l.p. 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.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Vision of Love" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Mariah Carey, Ben Margulies Rhett Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden 3:30
2. "Love Takes Time" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Carey, Margulies Walter Afanasieff 3:48
3. "Someday" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Carey, Margulies Ric Wake 4:07
4. "I Don't Wanna Cry" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Carey, Walden Walden 4:49
5. "Emotions" (from Emotions, 1991) Carey, David Cole, Robert Clivillés Carey, Cole, Clivillés 4:09
6. "Can't Let Go" (from Emotions, 1991) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:27
7. "Make It Happen" (from Emotions, 1991) Carey, Cole, Clivillés Carey, Cole, Clivillés 5:08
8. "I'll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz) (from MTV Unplugged, 1992) Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch Carey, Afanasieff 4:24
9. "Dreamlover" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Dave Hall, David Porter Carey, Hall, Afanasieff 3:54
10. "Hero" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:18
11. "Without You" (from Music Box, 1993) Pete Ham, Tom Evans Carey, Afanasieff 3:34
12. "Anytime You Need a Friend" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:26
13. "Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross) (from Songs, 1994) Lionel Richie Afanasieff 4:20
14. "Fantasy" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Hall, Adrian Belew, Steven Stanley Carey, Hall 4:04
15. "Music Box" (from Music Box, 1993) (Japanese bonus track) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:57
16. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (from Merry Christmas, 1994) (Japanese bonus track) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:02
17. "Open Arms" (from Daydream, 1995) (Japanese bonus track) Steve Perry, Jonathan Cain Carey, Afanasieff 3:30
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "One Sweet Day" (duet with Boyz II Men) (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Afanasieff, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Carey, Afanasieff 4:41
2. "Always Be My Baby" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal Carey, Dupri, Seal 4:18
3. "Forever" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:01
4. "Underneath the Stars" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 3:33
5. "Honey" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Sean Combs, Kamaal Fareed, Steven Jordan, Stephen Hague, Ronald Larkins, Bobby Robinson, Larry Price, Malcolm McLaren Carey, Combs, Stevie J, The Ummah 4:59
6. "Butterfly" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:34
7. "My All" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 3:50
8. "Sweetheart" (Jermaine Dupri featuring Mariah Carey, from Life in 1472, and #1's, 1998) Rainy Davis, Pete Warner Dupri, Carey 4:22
9. "When You Believe" (duet with Whitney Houston, from The Prince of Egypt, and #1's, 1998) Stephen Schwartz, Babyface Babyface 4:34
10. "I Still Believe" (from #1's, 1998) Antonina Armato, Giuseppe Cantarelli Carey, Stevie J, Mike Mason 3:54
11. "Heartbreaker" (featuring Jay-Z, from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, Shawn Carter, Walden, Shirley Ellison, Lincoln Chase, Jeffrey Cohen Carey, DJ Clue?, Ken "Duro" Ifill 4:46
12. "Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees, from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, James Harris III, Terry Lewis Carey, Lewis 4:17
13. "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" (from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, Diane Warren Carey, Warren 4:32
14. "Against All Odds" (featuring Westlife, from Coast to Coast, 2000, non-US bonus track) Phil Collins Carey, Steve Mac 3:21
15. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (So So Def Remix) (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow, bonus track) 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 Carey, Harris III, Lewis, Randy Jackson 4:48

Chart performance[edit]

As of March 2013, Greatest Hits has sold 1,167,000 copies in the US.[4]


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