Well, as most of the usual posters have commented on #2, I may as well go ahead with #1...
1. FLY LIKE A BIRD
This was always my #1 - no doubt about it. And it has been my #1 Mariah song since 2005. It's going to be hard to explain why I love this song so much, but I'll give it a try...
The most important thing about this song for me is the lyrics. I'm quite a religious person so a spiritual song like this for me is absolutely perfect. It's not preachy, but it's so moving and uplifting. I can very easily relate to the lyrics and this song has helped me pull through hard times on a number of occasions. For that, I'm so grateful to MC and this song will always, always be special to me. This is probably one of the best written songs ever in my opinion.
Next, the vocals. ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR! This is the greatest vocal by any performer in the history of history! 7 years later, the final chorus still
gives me chills. Her voice is so strong and powerful that it can even move me to tears (paired with the inspirational lyrics). The live performances are EPIC indeed, and I'm so happy Mariah has performed this song live a number of times.
The addition of the choir works wonderfully and really makes the climax of the song all that more sensational. The entire pace of the song is perfect, how it gradually builds and builds and finally unleashes into this monster vocal and production.
This would be my favourite song of ALL TIME if it wasn't for a particular Janet Jackson song! But wow, this song really does give me life (and I NEVER use that phrase). Awww, I'm getting quite emotional just writing about how much I love this song!