Mariah’s Ten Best Uptempo Songs
Mariah Carey is one of the biggest-selling female artists of all time as well as one of the world’s greatest, most influential and respected vocalists. She’s well-known for a lot of her ballads, such as “Vision of Love”, “Hero” and “We Belong Together” but here I’ve listed my top ten favourite uptempo songs by her that’s she’s released since her début in 1990.
Her vocal range in this song spans more than four octaves. Need I say more?
2) Make It Happen
One of the first time Mariah incorporates gospel music into a song as well as released one with inspirational and personal lyrics.
In the mid-1990s Mariah began experimenting more with R&B and hip-hop, which is what a lot of her more recent music is. “Fantasy” was one of the first of those genres and still remains a classic.
“Somebody” was the first uptempo single Mariah released and although she is reportedly not fond of the song herself, I am and really like that it delves into the new jack swing fusion genre.
5) All I Want For Christmas Is You
One of the most popular and original (non-standard or traditional) Christmas tunes of all time that in itself has become a standard shows the accomplishment of a true icon.
6) It’s Like That
“It’s Like That” was the first single from “The Emancipation of Mimi” and although this comeback song wasn’t as successful as “We Belong Together”, it put her back on the radio and chart and got her back on to the R&B and hip-hop scene again.
7) Fly Like A Bird
“Fly Like A Bird” is very much like a “Make It Happen” Part II, drawing in soul and gospel influences again with inspirational and personal lyrical content. The only main differences are the inclusion of bible verses and of course, the obligatory whistle notes.
8) Get Your Number
For “Get Your Number”, Mariah teamed up with Jermaine Dupri again for this club-banging R&B hit. I like the contrast between the song’s groove while she’s singing and the beat when he raps.
As cliché and as cheesy as it may sound, but Mariah’s vocals on this song are just like that of its title – thick, sweet, oozing and sexual.
Lyrically and vocally, “Sweetheart” is very reminiscent of “Honey”, although the song is more Jermaine Dupri featuring Mariah than anything else. This was also the first of three times that the two of them have collaborated together.