The Essential Mariah Carey

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The Essential Mariah Carey
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Greatest hits album by Mariah Carey
Released June 17, 2011 (2011-06-17)
Recorded 1989–2000
Genre
Length 2:10:46
Label Sony 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 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 September 3, 2011 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. 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, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 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, Afanaseiff 4:24
9. "Dreamlover" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Dave Hall Carey, Hall, Afanaseiff 3:54
10. "Hero" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 4:18
11. "Without You" (from Music Box, 1993) Pete Ham, Tom Evans Carey, Afanaseiff 3:34
12. "Anytime You Need a Friend" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 4:26
13. "Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross) (from Songs, 1994) Lionel Richie Afanaseiff 4:20
14. "Fantasy" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Hall, Adrian Belew, Steven Stanley Carey, Hall 4:04
Disc two
No. Title Writer(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, Afanasieff Carey, Afanaseiff 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, Afanaseiff 4:01
4. "Underneath the Stars" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey Carey, Afanaseiff 3:33
5. "Honey" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Sean Combs, Kamaal Fareed, Steven Jordan, Stephen Hague, Bobby Robinson, Larry Price, Malcolm McLaren Carey, Combs, Stevie J, The Ummah 4:59
6. "Butterfly" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff, Dan Shea 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 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? 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 (Take a Look at Me Now)" (featuring Westlife) (from Rainbow, 1999 and Westlife LP Coast the Coast, 2000) 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)) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff (remixed by Dupri) 3:43

US edition[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. "Vanishing" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Carey, Margulies Carey 4:11
4. "I Don't Wanna Cry" (from Mariah Carey, 1990) Carey, Walden Walden 4:49
5. "Emotions (12 Inch Club Mix)" (from Emotions, 1991) Carey, David Cole, Robert Clivillés Carey, Cole, Clivillés 5:54
6. "Can't Let Go" (from Emotions, 1991) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 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, Afanaseiff 4:24
9. "Dreamlover" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Dave Hall Carey, Hall, Afanaseiff 3:54
10. "Hero" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 4:18
11. "Without You" (from Music Box, 1993) Pete Ham, Tom Evans Carey, Afanaseiff 3:34
12. "Anytime You Need A Friend (C&C Club Remix)" (from Music Box, 1993) Carey, Afanaseiff Carey, Afanaseiff 10:55
13. "Endless Love" (duet with Luther Vandross) (from Songs, 1994) Lionel Richie Afanaseiff 4:20
14. "Fantasy" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, Hall, Adrian Belew, Steven Stanley Carey, Hall 4:04
Disc two
No. Title Writer(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, Afanasieff Carey, Afanaseiff 4:41
2. "Always Be My Baby" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Dupri, Seal Carey, Dupri, Seal 4:18
3. "Underneath the Stars" (from Daydream, 1995) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanaseiff 3:33
4. "Honey" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Sean Combs, Kamaal Fareed, Steven Jordan, Stephen Hague, Bobby Robinson, Larry Price, Malcolm McLaren Carey, Combs, Stevie J, The Ummah 4:59
5. "Butterfly" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff, Dan Shea Carey, Afanasieff 4:34
6. "My All" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 3:50
7. "Close My Eyes" (from Butterfly, 1997) Carey, Afanasieff Carey, Afanasieff 4:21
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 Rooney Carey, Poke & Tone 5:31
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 Schwartz 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   4:46
12. "Bliss" (from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, James "Big Jim" Wright Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis 5:44
13. "Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe and 98 Degrees) (from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis Carey, Jam & Lewis 4:17
14. "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" (from Rainbow, 1999) Carey, Diane Warren Carey, Jam & Lewis 4:32
101. Untitled   Carey, DJ Clue?  

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] September 3, 2011 CD, digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Essential Mariah Carey UK & Irish Release". Mariah Carey Connection. 2011-01-05. 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" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Mariah Carey. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Essential (2CD)". Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Retrieved April 12, 2012.