10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first fluttering notes of “Dreamlover,” Mariah Carey sounds like she’s been set free. The hip-hop stylings of “I’ve Been Thinking About You” helped make Music Box a hit on the streets, but Carey’s ability to update the Harry Nilsson smash “Without You” as a ’90s slow jam is an even more impressive feat of pop imagination. “Hero” became the gold standard for a new generation of ballad athletes, but beyond her virtuosic vocals, “All I’ve Ever Wanted” and “Everything Fades Away” are two of her most evocative and underrated performances.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first fluttering notes of “Dreamlover,” Mariah Carey sounds like she’s been set free. The hip-hop stylings of “I’ve Been Thinking About You” helped make Music Box a hit on the streets, but Carey’s ability to update the Harry Nilsson smash “Without You” as a ’90s slow jam is an even more impressive feat of pop imagination. “Hero” became the gold standard for a new generation of ballad athletes, but beyond her virtuosic vocals, “All I’ve Ever Wanted” and “Everything Fades Away” are two of her most evocative and underrated performances.

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