Mariah Carey's High Notes

Mariah Carey
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 28, 2009

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As Mariah Carey’s latest effort, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” hits stores, ESSENCE.com pays a respectful nod to the vocal powerhouse with a selection of our favorite Mimi tunes.

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For all those who fell head over heels and had no idea what to expect, MC soulful declaration that he was all that she hoped it would be gave all the single ladies a newfound hope.

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - Vision of Love

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Mimi understands all too well that a good thing can never be rushed and any woman’s heart’s desire needs to be savored for the long haul.

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - Love Takes Time

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Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - Someday

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Gotta love a woman who’s in tune with her emotional self and doesn’t mind putting it on blast with an eight-range octave.

Mariah Carey - Emotions - Emotions

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“Me and Mariah go together like babies and pacifiers!” In the immortal words of the late great lyrical genius Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Mimi knows how to get the party started right.

Mariah Carey - The Remixes - Fantasy

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There’s always that one that will live eternally in your heart and silently get his props.

Mariah Carey - The Ballads - Always Be My Baby

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Who doesn’t need someone they can depend on with no strings attached? Mimi lets you know that she and her heavenly voice have your back.

Mariah Carey - Music Box - Anytime You Need a Friend

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It’s the ultimate farewell-for-now anthem, hoping that special someone never forgets the magic you made together.

Mariah Carey featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony - Don't Forget About Us (Remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) - Single - Don't Forget About Us

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Expressing gratitude for the blessing of true love is always the right thing to do.

Mariah Carey - Rainbow - Thank God I Found You

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Carey’s remake of the late King of Pop’s classic torcher didn’t disappoint as she teamed with crooner Trey Lorenz.

Mariah Carey - The Ballads - I'll Be There

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This single commemorated Mimi’s coming out party as she revealed a sexier MC singing about her man’s sweetness.

Mariah Carey - Butterfly - Honey

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When a woman goes through changes in her life a metamorphosis is a must so she can spread her wings and fly.

Mariah Carey - Butterfly - Butterfly

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Ladies, we always cry we want the real thing when it comes to a good man and unconditional love, and Mimi’s no different asking her dream man to come and rescue her.

Mariah Carey - Music Box - Dreamlover

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If ever there were an encouraging word to inspire the most downtrodden and uplift those angels here on earth, Mimi nailed it in this heartfelt tribute.

Mariah Carey - Music Box - Hero

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This delicious remake of a classic party-starter didn’t disappoint as Jermaine Dupri serenaded Mimi with eight bars.

Mariah Carey - The Remixes - Sweetheart

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We’ve all had one who shatters our achy breaky heart into a million pieces, but as they say, it’s better to have loved than to have never loved at all.

Mariah Carey - Rainbow - Heartbreaker

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Every woman can relate to Carey’s need to save face and keep her emotions intact after yet another heartbreak.

Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey - I Don't Wanna Cry

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It’s hard to say goodbye sometimes to the one who stole your heart so rather than deny just wear your feelings on your sleeve as MC does.

Mariah Carey - Emotions - Can't Let Go

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Only true love can leave you with a sense of hope and longing and Carey let her man know that she believed in their union.

Mariah Carey - The Ballads - I Still Believe

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The Academy Award-winning duet with Whitney Houston from the “Prince of Egypt” inspired us all to keep the faith.
Mariah Carey - The Ballads - When You Believe (Duet With Whitney Houston)

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Mimi emancipated all of us as she broke the shackles and promised not to stress because it’s just like that sometimes.

Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - It's Like That

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MC knows the stresses of the world can diminish the strongest of spirits, so she advised us to shake it off with a shrug of sexy shimmy.

Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - Shake It Off

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When it comes to explaining destiny, this heartwrenching song sums it up from the Bobby Womack singing on the radio to the most important question: “Who else am I gonna lean on when times get rough?”

Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - We Belong Together

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Every once in a while a man likes a woman to take charge and drill him and giving him free license to explore your temple, well, is heaven on earth for him.

Mariah Carey - Touch My Body - Touch My Body

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Most men are tongue-tied and haven’t a clue of the right words to utter but having a good woman encouraging you to free your mind will cure any speech impediment.

Mariah Carey & Snoop Dogg - The Emancipation of Mimi - Say Somethin'

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There’s a thin line between an unrequited love and stalker, but somehow MC finds the balance and makes her obsession sound sweet.

Mariah Carey & Gucci Mane - Obsessed- Single - Obsessed (Remix) [feat. Gucci Mane]

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Mariah Carey - Daydream - One Sweet Day

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