Mariah Carey's Eighteen Number One Hit Songs

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"Vision of Love" (1990)

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Mariah Carey - "Vision of Love". Courtesy Columbia

Mariah Carey first topped the US pop singles chart in 1990 with "Vision of Love." Since then she had been to number one 18 times. This makes her the solo artist with the most number one hits and second only to the Beatles overall. This is the full list of her number one pop hits in the US.

Mariah Carey's first #1 single introduced her trademark melismatic style to pop audiences. Mariah Carey's co-writer of the song was Ben Margulies. It stayed at the top of the charts for four weeks and was nominated for four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Mariah Carey took home the trophy for the third nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.

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"Love Takes Time" (1990)

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Mariah Carey - "Love Takes Time". Courtesy Columbia

"Love Takes Time" is the second single from Mariah Carey's debut album also titled Mariah Carey. It was her second hit co-written with Ben Margulies. The song nearly didn't appear on the album. It was mostly recorded in one day and added at the last minute. "Love Takes Time" spent three weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart.

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"Someday" (1991)

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Mariah Carey - "Someday". Courtesy Columbia

The third #1 hit from Mariah Carey's debut album was also the third co-written with Ben Margulies. "Someday" adds in a touch of new jack swing to the sound. "Someday" was one of five songs included on a demo tape that Brenda K. Starr gave to Tommy Mottola resulting in Mariah Carey's recording contract. "Someday" spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.

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04
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"I Don't Wanna Cry" (1991)

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Mariah Carey - "I Don't Wanna Cry". Courtesy Columbia

"I Don't Wanna Cry" is the fourth #1 single from the Mariah Carey album. This time she wrote with veteran R&B producer and songwriter Narada Michael Walden. Mariah Carey has stated in interviews that she dislikes this song. It spent two weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and tied Mariah Carey with the Jackson 5 for the most consecutive #1 singles, four, by a new artist.

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05
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"Emotions" (1991)

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Mariah Carey - "Emotions". Courtesy Columbia

"Emotions" is the title song from Mariah Carey's second album . David Cole and Robert Clivilles of C&C Music Factory produced and co-wrote the song giving it a strong dance feel. The result was a record-breaking fifth consecutive #1 single. No new artist had ever achieved that feat. It spent three weeks at the top of the pop singles chart and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.

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06
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"I'll Be There" featuring Trey Lorenz (1992)

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Mariah Carey - "I'll Be There" featuring Trey Lorenz. Courtesy Columbia

Mariah Carey's cover of the Jackson 5 classic "I'll Be There" was a last minute addition to her MTV Unplugged set. The song was performed in a duet where Mariah Carey sang Michael Jackson's lines in the original and R&B vocalist Trey Lorenz sang the Jermaine Jackson lines. "I'll Be There" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Duo or Group with Vocal. It spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart. In 2009 Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz performed the song at the Michael Jackson memorial service.

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07
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"Dreamlover" (1993)

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Mariah Carey - "Dreamlover". Courtesy Columbia

"Dreamlover" is the lead single from Mariah Carey's third studio album . It is built around a sample from the Emotions song "Blind Alley." The song became Mariah Carey's biggest hit single to date spending eight weeks at the top. It brought Mariah Carey another Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal.

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08
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"Hero" (1993)

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Mariah Carey - "Hero". Courtesy Columbia

The inspirational "Hero" is considered one of Mariah Carey's signature songs. Reportedly the song was originally written for the movie Hero starring Dustin Hoffman and Geena Davis. However, when music executive and Mariah Carey's fiancee Tommy Mottola heard the song he insisted that the song not be given away for someone to sing for the movie. Instead, he insisted that Mariah Carey keep it for herself. "Hero" spent four weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal.

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09
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"Fantasy" (1995)

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Mariah Carey - "Fantasy". Courtesy Columbia

For the first single from the  album, Mariah Carey used a catchy sample from the Tom Tom Club's hit "Genius Of Love." It became only the second single to debut at #1 on the pop singles chart after Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone." For the sixth year in a row Mariah Carey received a nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal. "Fantasy" matched "Dreamlover" in spending eight weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.

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10
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"One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men (1995)

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Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men - "One Sweet Day". Courtesy Columbia

"One Sweet Day" lays claim for being one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time. It still holds the record for the most weeks, 16, spent at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Mariah Carey teamed up with red hot vocal group Boyz II Men. The song was inspired by the death of two of Mariah Carey's close friends in the music business, David Cole of C&C Music Factory and guitarist Steve Clark of Def Leppard. It was Boyz II Men's third single to spend thirteen or more weeks at the top of the pop singles chart. The song received two Grammy Award nominations including for Record of the Year.

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11
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"Always Be My Baby" (1996)

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Mariah Carey - "Always Be My Baby". Courtesy Columbia

"Always Be My Baby" is the third #1 pop single from the  album. It was co-written and co-produced with Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal. After two consecutive singles debuting at #1, "Always Be My Baby" only debuted at #2 but did spend two weeks at the top. It also spent nine non-consecutive weeks at #2, a record in that position for Mariah Carey.

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12
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"Honey" (1997)

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Mariah Carey - "Honey". Courtesy Columbia

"Honey" is the first single from Mariah Carey's album Butterfly. She collaborated with rap star Puff Daddy, now Diddy, on the song. The accompanying music video was notable for featuring a sexier, more "street" side of Mariah Carey. "Honey" spent three weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Female Vocal.

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13
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"My All" (1998)

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Mariah Carey - "My All". Courtesy Columbia

The second #1 pop single from Mariah Carey's album Butterfly is notable for incorporating Latin influences in the sound. Long-time collaborator Walter Afanasieff co-wrote and co-produced the song. The video for the song was shot in black and white and on location in Puerto Rico. "My All" spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.

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"Heartbreaker" featuring Jay-Z (1999)

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Mariah Carey - "Heartbreaker" featuring Jay-Z. Courtesy Columbia

"Heartbreaker" is a #1 single from Mariah Carey's studio album Rainbow. It features a collaboration with rap star Jay-Z. The song was originally intended for a Mariah Carey movie project. However, continued delays in putting the movie together caused the song to be included on the studio album Rainbow instead. It was the second Mariah Carey song to feature a sample from the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love." The song spent two weeks at #1 on the US pop singles chart causing Mariah Carey to surpass the Beatles for the most total weeks spent at #1 on the pop singles chart.

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"Thank God I Found You" featuring Joe and 98 Degrees (2000)

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Mariah Carey - "Thank God I Found You" featuring Joe and 98 Degrees. Courtesy Columbia

"Thank God I Found You" is the second #1 pop single from Mariah Carey's album Rainbow. It features vocals from both R&B singer Joe and the boy band 98 Degrees. The song only spent one week at the top of the chart, but it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

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16
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"We Belong Together" (2005)

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Mariah Carey - "We Belong Together". Courtesy Island Records

"We Belong Together" is the second single from Mariah Carey's grand comeback album . It was co-produced with favorite past collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal. The song was received with great celebration by Mariah Carey fans and critics alike. It became her first #1 pop single in five years and spent 14 weeks at the top of the chart. Mariah Carey also took home two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal.

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"Don't Forget About Us" (2005)

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Mariah Carey - "Don't Forget About Us". Courtesy Island

"Don't Forget About Us" is the second #1 single from . Some criticized the song for being too similar to "We Belong Together," but fans did not seem to mind. The song spent two weeks at the top of the pop singles chart.

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"Touch My Body" (2007)

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Mariah Carey - "Touch My Body". Courtesy Island

"Touch My Body" is the first single from Mariah Carey's album . It is Mariah Carey's 41st chart single and the 18th to reach #1 where it spent two weeks.

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