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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"Vision of Love"
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.
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"Love Takes Time"
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.
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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.
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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.
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"Always Be My Baby"
There’s always that one that will live eternally in your heart and silently get his props.
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"Anytime You Need A Friend"
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.
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"Don't Forget About Us"
It’s the ultimate farewell-for-now anthem, hoping that special someone never forgets the magic you made together.
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"Thank God I Found You"
Expressing gratitude for the blessing of true love is always the right thing to do.
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"I'll Be There"
Carey’s remake of the late King of Pop’s classic torcher didn’t disappoint as she teamed with crooner Trey Lorenz.
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This single commemorated Mimi’s coming out party as she revealed a sexier MC singing about her man’s sweetness.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This delicious remake of a classic party-starter didn’t disappoint as Jermaine Dupri serenaded Mimi with eight bars.
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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.
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"I Don't Wanna Cry"
Every woman can relate to Carey’s need to save face and keep her emotions intact after yet another heartbreak.
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"Can't Let Go"
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.
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"I Still Believe"
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.
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"When You Believe"
The Academy Award-winning duet with Whitney Houston from the “Prince of Egypt” inspired us all to keep the faith.
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"It's Like That"
Mimi emancipated all of us as she broke the shackles and promised not to stress because it’s just like that sometimes.
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"Shake It Off"
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.
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"We Belong Together"
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?”
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"Touch My Body"
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.
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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.
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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.