Playlist: A Mariah Carey Song For Every Moment

Vincent Anthony
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Mariah Carey has a song for every occasion… literally. No matter what you’re going through in your life, chances are that Mariah Carey has “been there, done that” at some point in her expansive 14 album, 200+ song catalogue (all of which she penned herself, by the way – aside from two soundtrack songs and covers). Whether its a festive moment, relationship drama, or life’s troubles… Mariah Carey probably has the song for you.

  1. Did an ex enter your inbox with an “I miss you,” asking for a second chance? Cue “You Had Your Chance,” from 2002’s Charmbracelet.
  2. Ever get dumped by a fool who didn’t realize how lucky they were to have you? Cue “Someday,” from her debut, 1990’s Mariah Carey.
  3. Are you in love with someone, a friend, but they have no clue? Play “I Wish You Knew,” from 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi
  4. Do you have a dream that you are striving to achieve? Well, Mariah will encourage you with “Make It Happen,” from 1991’s Emotions.
  5. If you’ve ever been abused by someone you loved, and still deal with the aftermath, “Side Effects” from 2008’s E=MC2 might be your anthem.
  6. Do you know that moment when you realize someone truly likes you and you feel comfortable to be your true self? Spin “Now That I Know,” from 1993’s Music Box.
  7. Have you ever walked in on your significant other in your bed with another person? Press play on the vengeful “Betcha Gon Know,” from 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
  8. If you’ve ever felt oppressed by something and suddenly broke free, let it all out with “I Am Free,” from 1995’s Daydream.
  9. For all the mothers out there, just listen to Mariah’s adorable ballad for her twins, “Supernatural,” from 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.
  10. If you’ve ever sat up all night, downing wine and waiting for a call/text from that special someone, press play on “Babydoll,” from 1997’s Butterfly.
  11. Anyone struggling through a toxic relationship with their parents might relate to “Reflections (Care Enough),” from 2001’s Glitter.
  12. Ever felt pleasure so good that you felt like you could hit a high note? Mariah has too, according to “Bliss” from 1999’s Rainbow..
  13. Meet a promising new guy/girl who seems to be saying all the right things, but you’re so disillusioned by failures from your past that you’re feeling scared and nervous? Cue “The One,” from 2002’s Charmbracelet.
  14. Is your lover feeling erroneously insecure, thinking that you no longer feel the same way they do? Try “All In Your Mind,” from 1990’s Mariah Carey.
  15. Ever run into an old flame, and despite the fact that you’re both in a new relationship, you still can’t resist the attraction between the two of you. She’s got you covered with “Secret Love” from 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi.
  16. Has something gone wrong between you and your significant other? Does it seem like their feelings for you have gone away? Well, there’s “If It’s Over” from 1991’s Emotions.
  17. If you’ve ever been feeling yourself and felt the need to remind someone, bop along to “I’m That Chick” from 2008’s E=MC2.
  18. Have you ever had a sudden realization that you and a friend might have potential for something more? Try “I’ve Been Thinking About You,” from 1993’s Music Box.
  19. If you have ever felt as though you were alone and wondered who would be there when you needed help the most, listen to “Languishing” from 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
  20. Everyone has experienced the loss of a loved one at some point and probably has found comfort in Mariah’s duet with Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day,” from 1995’s Daydream.
  21. If you’re a hip-hop lover, then Mariah’s ode to the genre will be your jam: “Dedicated,” featuring Nas, from 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.
  22. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider for any reason, like Mariah’s many gay fans, can find solace in “Outside” from 1997’s Butterfly.
  23. Have you ever had a lover you couldn’t get enough of? Try “Loverboy,” from 2001’s Glitter.
  24. Has your significant other’s ex ever tried to interfere with your relationship? Play “X-Girlfriend” from 1999’s Rainbow.
  25. Sometimes, we all need to be reminded of the strength we have inside. For that reason, Mariah has a classic in “Hero,” from 1993’s Music Box.
  26. After a break-up, it’s only natural to feel regret, pain, and longing for that ex to come back. That’s what was so relatable about “We Belong Together,” from 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi.
  27. Whether you dedicate it to achieving your dreams, or to your Valentine, there is something magical about Mariah’s debut single, “Vision of Love,” from 1990’s Mariah Carey.
  28. Not many artists have metaphorically captured the essence of independence like Mariah did on “Fourth of July,” from 1997’s Butterfly.
  29. On New Year’s Day, look no further than Mariah’s reimagining of the New Year’s Anthem, “Auld Lang Syne,” from 2010’s Merry Christmas II You.
  30. Finally, the perennial classic and debatably, greatest Christmas song of all time: “All I Want For Christmas is You,” from 1994’s Merry Christmas.

Stream “Mariah For Every Moment” below

(except “Secret Love” and the songs from Glitter because, in the words of Mariah’s Aretha Franklin impression “they’re playing games, and I’m not having the games”)

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.