The Essential Mariah Carey

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The Essential Mariah Carey
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Greatest hits album by Mariah Carey
ReleasedJune 17, 2011 (2011-06-17)
Recorded1988–2000
Genre
Length2:10:46
LabelSony Legacy
Producer
Mariah Carey chronology
Merry Christmas II You
(2010)
The Essential Mariah Carey
(2011)
Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
(2014)

The Essential Mariah Carey is the third greatest hits album by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey. The album was released in June 2011 in the UK and Ireland as a repackage of her previous album Greatest Hits.[1][2] In the US, it was released on May 9, 2012 as an entirely new greatest hits album as part of Sony's The Essential series, and contains songs released during Mariah's time at Columbia Records.[3] It replaces some songs (featured on the original 2001 Greatest Hits release) 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.

Track listing[edit]

UK and Ireland edition[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Vision of Love" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Mariah Carey, Ben MarguliesRhett Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden3:30
2."Love Takes Time" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, MarguliesWalter Afanasieff3:48
3."Someday" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, MarguliesRic Wake4:07
4."I Don't Wanna Cry" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, WaldenWalden4:49
5."Emotions" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, David Cole, Robert ClivillésCarey, Cole, Clivillés4:09
6."Can't Let Go" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff4:27
7."Make It Happen" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, Cole, ClivillésCarey, Cole, Clivillés5:08
8."I'll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz) (from MTV Unplugged, 1992)Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie HutchCarey, Afanaseiff4:24
9."Dreamlover" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, Dave HallCarey, Hall, Afanaseiff3:54
10."Hero" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff4:18
11."Without You" (from Music Box, 1993)Pete Ham, Tom EvansCarey, Afanaseiff3:34
12."Anytime You Need a Friend" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff4:26
13."Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross) (from Songs, 1994)Lionel RichieAfanaseiff4:20
14."Fantasy" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Hall, Adrian Belew, Steven StanleyCarey, Hall4:04
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Sweet Day" (duet with Boyz II Men) (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, AfanasieffCarey, Afanaseiff4:41
2."Always Be My Baby" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel SealCarey, Dupri, Seal4:18
3."Forever" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, AfanasieffCarey, Afanaseiff4:01
4."Underneath the Stars" (from Daydream, 1995)CareyCarey, Afanaseiff3:33
5."Honey" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, Sean Combs, Kamaal Fareed, Steven Jordan, Stephen Hague, Bobby Robinson, Larry Price, Malcolm McLarenCarey, Combs, Stevie J, The Ummah4:59
6."Butterfly" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, Afanasieff, Dan SheaCarey, Afanasieff4:34
7."My All" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, AfanasieffCarey, Afanasieff3:50
8."Sweetheart" (Jermaine Dupri featuring Mariah Carey) (from Life in 1472, and #1's, 1998)Rainy Davis, Pete WarnerDupri, Carey4:22
9."When You Believe" (duet with Whitney Houston) (from The Prince of Egypt, and #1's, 1998)Stephen SchwartzBabyface4:34
10."I Still Believe" (from #1's, 1998)Antonina Armato, Giuseppe CantarelliCarey, Stevie J, Mike Mason3:54
11."Heartbreaker" (featuring Jay-Z) (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, Shawn Carter, Walden, Shirley Ellison, Lincoln Chase, Jeffrey CohenCarey, DJ Clue?4:46
12."Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees) (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, James Harris III, Terry LewisCarey, Lewis4:17
13."Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, Diane WarrenCarey, Warren4:32
14."Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (featuring Westlife) (from Rainbow, 1999 and Westlife LP Coast the Coast, 2000)Phil CollinsCarey, Steve Mac3:21
15."All I Want for Christmas Is You" (So So Def Remix) (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Lil' Bow Wow)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff (remixed by Dupri)3:43

US edition[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Vision of Love" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Mariah Carey, Ben MarguliesRhett Lawrence, Narada Michael Walden3:30
2."Love Takes Time" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, MarguliesWalter Afanasieff3:48
3."Vanishing" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, MarguliesCarey4:11
4."I Don't Wanna Cry" (from Mariah Carey, 1990)Carey, WaldenWalden4:49
5."Emotions (12 Inch Club Mix)" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, David Cole, Robert ClivillésCarey, Cole, Clivillés5:54
6."Can't Let Go" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff4:27
7."Make It Happen" (from Emotions, 1991)Carey, Cole, ClivillésCarey, Cole, Clivillés5:08
8."I'll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz) (from MTV Unplugged, 1992)Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie HutchCarey, Afanaseiff4:24
9."Dreamlover" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, Dave HallCarey, Hall, Afanaseiff3:54
10."Hero" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff4:18
11."Without You" (from Music Box, 1993)Pete Ham, Tom EvansCarey, Afanaseiff3:34
12."Anytime You Need A Friend (C&C Club Remix)" (from Music Box, 1993)Carey, AfanaseiffCarey, Afanaseiff10:55
13."Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross) (from Songs, 1994)Lionel RichieAfanaseiff4:20
14."Fantasy" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Hall, Adrian Belew, Steven StanleyCarey, Hall4:04
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."One Sweet Day" (duet with Boyz II Men) (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, AfanasieffCarey, Afanaseiff4:41
2."Always Be My Baby" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, Dupri, SealCarey, Dupri, Seal4:18
3."Underneath the Stars" (from Daydream, 1995)Carey, AfanasieffCarey, Afanaseiff3:33
4."Honey" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, Sean Combs, Kamaal Fareed, Steven Jordan, Stephen Hague, Bobby Robinson, Larry Price, Malcolm McLarenCarey, Combs, Stevie J, The Ummah4:59
5."Butterfly" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, Afanasieff, Dan SheaCarey, Afanasieff4:34
6."My All" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, AfanasieffCarey, Afanasieff3:50
7."Close My Eyes" (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, AfanasieffCarey, Afanasieff4:21
8."The Roof (Mobb Deep Extended Version)" (featuring Mobb Deep & Big Noyd) (from Butterfly, 1997)Carey, Jean Claude Oliver, Samuel Barnes, Albert Johnson, Kejuan Muchita, Cory RooneyCarey, Poke & Tone5:31
9."When You Believe" (duet with Whitney Houston) (from The Prince of Egypt, #1's, and Whitney Houston's My Love Is Your Love, 1998)Stephen SchwartzBabyface4:34
10."I Still Believe" (from #1's, 1998)Antonina Armato, Giuseppe CantarelliCarey, Stevie J, Mike Mason3:54
11."Heartbreaker" (featuring Jay-Z) (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, Shawn Carter, Walden, Shirley Ellison, Lincoln Chase, Jeffrey Cohen 4:46
12."Bliss" (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James "Big Jim" WrightCarey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis5:44
13."Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees) (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry LewisCarey, Jam & Lewis4:17
14."Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" (from Rainbow, 1999)Carey, Diane WarrenCarey, Jam & Lewis4:32

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 86
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 42

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Ireland[1] June 17, 2011 CD, digital download Sony Music 88697832672
United Kingdom[1] June 20, 2011 CD, digital download 88697832672
United States[6] May 9, 2012 CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Essential Mariah Carey UK & Irish Release". Mariah Carey Connection. 2011-01-05. Archived from the original on August 21, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "The Essential Mariah Carey Available Now!". MariahCarey.com. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "The Essential Mariah Carey (2 CD)". Amazon.com, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  4. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 9th April 2012". ARIA. April 9, 2012. Archived from the original on April 14, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Mariah Carey Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Essential (2CD)". Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2012.