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  • Thriller
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    I’ll rate as soon as I’m back on my laptop as the PM function on iPad is absolutely dire.

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  • Leo
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    with 314M views, it's imo by far her BEST visual era. Butterfly should have been a Visual album.

    And a very impopular opinion: for me Stay Awhile is great and many times I prefer it over My All (and I LOVE My All)



    I was a 17yo guy and she delivered all these visuals....

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  • Leo
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    Album Title: Butterfly
    Release Date: September 16th 1997 by Columbia Records

    General Info: Mariah's music began relying less on pop and adult contemporary-tinged balladry and instead incorporating heavy elements of hip-hop and R&B. On Butterfly, Carey collaborated with a bevy of producers other than Afanasieff, such as Sean Combs, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott and Jean Claude Oliver and Samuel Barnes from Trackmasters. In the booklet of her twelfth studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), Mariah wrote that she considers Butterfly her magnum opus and a turning point in both her life and career. Butterfly introduced a more subdued style of singing, with critics noting Carey's incorporation of breathy vocals. Some viewed her lack of propensity to use her upper range as a sign of maturity, while others questioned whether it forebode waning vocal prowess. The music video for the album's lead single, "Honey", her first since separating from Mottola, introduced a more overtly sexual image.

    Reviews: Butterfly garnered generally positive reviews from music critics, many of whom embraced Carey's musical transition. Reviewers complimented the album for its mature sound and production and commended Mariah's musical direction. In their review of the album, Rolling Stone wrote "[It's] not as if Carey has totally dispensed with her old saccharine, Houston-style balladry [...] but the predominant mood of 'Butterfly' is one of coolly erotic reverie." AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine described Carey's vocals as "sultrier and more controlled than ever," and felt the album "illustrates that Carey continues to improve and refine her music, which makes her a rarity among her '90s peers.'

    Commercial performance: Though released during Carey's heavily publicized conflict with Sony Music, the album became a commercial success, topping the albums chart in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, as well as the United States. It was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), received the Million Award in Japan, and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

    Singles: "Honey" featured musical samples from Treacherous Three's "The Body Rock", and "Hey DJ" by The World's Famous Supreme Team. The track used both hip hop and R&B with traces of pop music and was described as a "[song with a] catchy chorus, combining hip hop and pop into something that simply wasn't going to be denied by anyone, and offering a powerful start to a record." The album's second single, "Butterfly", was one of the ballads Carey wrote with Afanasieff. Carey described the song as the "favorite ballad she had ever written", one that was more personal than her previous work as the emotions conveyed through the song allude at just how meaningful the lyrics are to her. "Breakdown", described as "the album's backbone, its real declaration of independence", was written by Carey and Puffy and included rap verses from Wish and Krayzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Author Chris Nickson wrote that "'Breakdown' showed Mariah treading forcefully into territory that was new for her and making it her own."


    US UK AUS CAN FRA GER
    Honey 1 3 8 1 39 38
    Butterfly - 22 27 22 43 76
    The Roof (Back In Time) - 87 - - - -
    Breakdown (feat. Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone) - 98 38 - - -
    My All 1 4 39 28 6 30

    Accolades: "Honey" was nominated at the 1998 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, while "Butterfly" was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Mariah won the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist in 1998. Additionally, the album won the BMI Pop Award for Songwriter of the Year and the Songwriter awards for "Honey", "Butterfly" and "My All". At the Soul Train Music Awards in 1998, Mariah won the awards for the Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year and Soul Train Lady of Soul, which were presented to her by Chris Tucker and Patti Labelle.
    "No amount of awards could replace the popular acceptance of Butterfly and the feeling she was now free to live her own life – creatively and personally." In a recent list compiled by a selection of rock critics, Butterfly was chosen as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

    YouTube: Views belong to the official video as of March 1st 2021

    Honey Official Video - 44.749.706 views
    Honey Bad Boy Remix Video feat. Mase & The Lox - 15.700.709 views
    Honey from Around The World - 784.963 views
    Butterfly Official Video - 33.870.227 views
    The Roof Official Video - 7.645.580 views
    Breakdown feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone Official Video - 34.595.165 views
    My All Official Video - 162.823.026 views
    My All / Stay Awhile Remix feat. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz Video - 977.880 views
    My All from Around The World - 1.973.907 views
    Whenever You Call Official Video - 11.129.437 views
    Close My Eyes Live at Home for Good Morning America - 293.459 views


    Songs listed in the ballot:

    Honey
    Butterfly
    My All
    The Roof (Back In Time)
    Fourth of July
    Breakdown (ft. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone)
    Babydoll
    Close My Eyes
    Whenever You Call
    Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
    The Beautiful Ones (ft. Dru Hill)
    Outside
    Butterfly Classic Bossa Nova
    Honey (Classic Club Mix)
    Honey (ft. Da Brat & Jermaine Dupri) [So So Def Mix]
    Honey (ft. Mase & THE LOX) [Bad Boy Remix]
    My All (Morales "My" Club Mix)
    My All / Stay Awhile (ft. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz) [So So Def Remix]
    My All (Divas Live)
    The Roof (Back In Time Full Crew Remix) (feat. Mobb Deep)
    The Roof (Back in Time) [Morales Funky Club Mix]

    Source: wikipedia Mariah Carey & Butterfly album.

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  • bm08
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    Daydream really continues to be an incredible era for her. IMO, it could be her most classic era. Even now, songs like Fantasy, One Sweet Day and Always Be My Baby get renewed life and interest from things like viral videos, samples, etc. And there's a reason for that, given just how incredible those songs are.

    But, there are so many hidden gems too. Like fan favourite Melt Away. That song is perhaps Mariah at her best as that song is as smooth as liquor. Everything from the production, to the lyrics to the vocals I love!

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  • Tomer_MC
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    Originally posted by RayRay View Post
    [B]
    The Daydream Tour was another highlight in me being a fan. I just had to have tickets, but the queue was long... I had some conversation with the two girls in front of me, but just when it was their turn... there were no tickets left... We were so upset!
    Luckily, my friend (who also had bought the Underneath The Stars cd-single) had bought two tickets (for herself and her brother). When she heard I didn't have any tickets she sold me her brother's ticket! Next we made plans to go to Paris to see at least two concerts of the tour. As Mariah only gave four concerts in Europe, I bragged I had seen half the tour. LOL
    Funny thing happened when we got into the coach that brought us to Paris... The girls that had stand in line right in front of me, were in the bus too! My friend exchanged addresses with one of them and wrote with the girl for years. Years went by and I started my job as a teacher and then my friend said: "That's funny, you work in the same village as where that Mariah fan lives." Even funnier was that I had a trainee who had the same name (but didn't look like her at all). I decided to bring up Mariah anyway and my trainee happened to be the same girl! (She had gotten rid of her glasses, cut her hair short and dyed it a different color, so that's why I didn't recognize her. Besides, we only had seen each other twice, years before.)

    Great story. loved reading it!

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  • Tomer_MC
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    Leo I guess every where during the 90's (esp mid 90's) U2 & Oasis were the biggest acts and were considered "cooler", as I remember similar situations growing up with my friends and their inner circle.
    Last edited by Tomer_MC; Sat February 27, 2021, 23:54.

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by Leo View Post

    I like U2, was not torture at all, but during those teenage year (12 to 16) I was moving around a lot and it was hard fo rme to make friends. I suffered that a lot. Music was for me a way to connect. And yep, all my friends at the new school were U2-obsessed and I kinda absorved all their discography at the speed of light. Again, I liked them, but I also know it was a way of connecting.

    So it was never that I would listen to Heavy Metal just to fit in, I couldn't lol!!!! But yes I realize that as noone liked Mariah, I kinda stopped listening to her during 1995. Daydream rescued me lol.
    I didn't really hate U2, but having other students say how superior they were in comparison to Madonna and Mariah (and basicaly any female singer) made me "hate" U2.

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  • Leo
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    Originally posted by RayRay View Post
    Listening to U2 to fit in? OMG! I never had a lot of friends, because I never tried to fit in. I "hated" U2 as everyone thought they were so brilliant and were so much more respected than my favorites like Madonna and Mariah. Still, I didn't care what everybody thought and walked around with Madonna t-shirts and bought everyone Mariah and Celine Dion cd's as birthday presents.
    I like U2, was not torture at all, but during those teenage year (12 to 16) I was moving around a lot and it was hard fo rme to make friends. I suffered that a lot. Music was for me a way to connect. And yep, all my friends at the new school were U2-obsessed and I kinda absorved all their discography at the speed of light. Again, I liked them, but I also know it was a way of connecting.

    So it was never that I would listen to Heavy Metal just to fit in, I couldn't lol!!!! But yes I realize that as noone liked Mariah, I kinda stopped listening to her during 1995. Daydream rescued me lol.

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  • Tomer_MC
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    Daydream - I was stuuned to learn that those years were Mariah's most difficult in her personal life as described and detailed in her Memoir. to think that all that creativity and positive energy she pured and put out on Fantasy & Always Be My Baby lyricly and visualy, she was actually, well.... daydreaming - what a briliiant title!!!
    Who knew that it was Looking In - the last track on the album and one of the least publicly adressed (certainly at that time) what she lived. I used to have the lyrics to this song (among other Mariah songs) written on a paper and hung on my wall. and I Am Free? Come on, totally the opppsite!

    Also crazy was to learn that she created another alt album at that time!!!

    I love this album. Melt Away & Looking In are my absolute favs.

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by Leo View Post
    lol Ray, loved the story about the other fan!

    By the time Daydream was arriving, MTV was well established in Argentina so I learnt about the album before its release. But to be fair, although Music Box made me a fan, I was not fussed about it. I knew I would buy it someday, but couldn't find the exitement to go buy it in the first day. Maybe it was because I was 16 and none of my friends liked Mariah, and I just returned to Buenos Aires with my family after some years living in a small city in Argentina, where all my real firends were. So I was trying to fit in a new group and none were Mariah lovers so I was trying to match, listening to U2 to fit in!
    Not only was the girl I met in the queue my trainee years later, her friend (the other girl that was with her in the queue) also became a teacher and later worked at the school where I teach (just for one year though). Sadly they were no longer friends and no longer Mariah fans.

    Listening to U2 to fit in? OMG! I never had a lot of friends, because I never tried to fit in. I "hated" U2 as everyone thought they were so brilliant and were so much more respected than my favorites like Madonna and Mariah. Still, I didn't care what everybody thought and walked around with Madonna t-shirts and bought everyone Mariah and Celine Dion cd's as birthday presents.

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  • Leo
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    lol Ray, loved the story about the other fan!

    By the time Daydream was arriving, MTV was well established in Argentina so I learnt about the album before its release. But to be fair, although Music Box made me a fan, I was not fussed about it. I knew I would buy it someday, but couldn't find the exitement to go buy it in the first day. Maybe it was because I was 16 and none of my friends liked Mariah, and I just returned to Buenos Aires with my family after some years living in a small city in Argentina, where all my real firends were. So I was trying to fit in a new group and none were Mariah lovers so I was trying to match, listening to U2 to fit in!

    Thing is that I was visiting my closest frineds in this small city during a weekend, and it was shortly after my birthday, so three of them told me they wanted to buy me a CD, so we went to the local record store and there it was, Daydream all over the place. I told them "I want this one" and all were surrprised, because they didn't raelly know I liked her. So we went to one of my friend's house, were I was staying, and I was kinda shy about the album. I wanted to listen to it but was going to wait until I got home. But I was there, my friend said "hey, put the record on" and I was "oh no, you won't like it, I'll check it at home" and he was "nono, i want to check it out" so we play the record. I was a very shy guy back then and I still remember feeling weird. I was afraid they would say "this is it???" and at the same time I was discovering the songs for the very first time... But then something happened: the mother of my friend came, sat with us, and danced a little, praised Mariah a lot, and thank me for introducing her to mariah... and I loved that lol.

    Mariah got me with this album. I loved it from start to finish, my favs would change week after week. I was obsessed about When I saw You at one point. She really got me, and since then my love for her never waved. Looking In was haunting, and I was enjoying the more r&b sound.

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  • RayRay
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    Daydream was such a great era. I had met some other fans by then and it was great looking forward to the new album together. Also, there were so many singles: Fantasy, One Sweet Day, Open Arms, Always Be My Baby, Forever (and Underneath The Stars).
    And then there was the TOUR!!!!! First time she came to Europe for concerts! I was soooo thrilled.

    Fantasy: To me it was like the new Dreamlover when I first heard it. At first I prefered Dreamlover, later I prefered Fantasy and nowadays I switch between the two. But I was really happy with Fantasy, especially as it had a really great re-sung dance remix.

    One Sweet Day: Another single with a re-sung remix. It was such a great time to be a fan. Also Joy To The World was released around this time with new re-sung remixes.

    Open Arms: This has never been a favorite of mine, but as I'll Be There and Without You both were #1 hits here, I thought this could do really well. Although it was a Top 40 hit, it didn't do as well as Fantasy and One Sweet Day which were both Top 10 hits. The best thing that Open Arms gave us were some great tv-performances and a great cd-single with some amazing live versions. I was especially very happy with the live versions of Fantasy and Make It Happen.

    Always Be My Baby: This was my favorite song when I first heard the album and was really happy to see it being released as a single. A shock though, to see it ending up in the lower half of the Top 40. I couldn't believe it! Thankfully it did a lot better in the US. The release brought me the most joy anyway as there were two cd-singles with new re-sung remixes and a completely new song: Slippin' Away.

    Forever: Such a great song with the long belting notes. So Blessed from the Emotions album was a huge favorite of mine at the time and I was hoping she'd make another song in that vein and I think it's safe to say, Forever is that song. The strange thing about the single release was that Mariah said at her concert in Rotterdam it was the new single. Radio started to play it on heavy rotation, but there was no single to be found in the stores. Then after summer was over and radio finally stopped playing it, it was officially released and entered the bubbling under charts. But as radio had stopped playing the song, it failed to reach the Top 40. I never understood why it took them so long to release the single when it was all over the radio (and TV) for weeks before.

    Underneath The Stars: Mariah talked about filming the video in our country and it was in one of the newspapers how they saw Mariah filming in the Vondel Park. Such a shame it wasn't released... until last year! The re-sung remixes were only available on a very hard-to-get and expensive promo cd-single. Luckily, one of my friends got her hands on it and let me record it onto Mini-Disc, so I could play them as well.

    In the 80s and early 90s I had over 100 posters of Madonna on the walls of my room. There was no room for any other artist. But in the mid-90s I had taken down all the posters and had only one Madonna poster on the wall. But with my growing love for Mariah it was for the first time in ten years that I had someone else on my wall than just Madonna. I had a poster of the Fantasy single cover (black and white) which I just had to stick to the wall. So there it was: Madonna and Mariah, my two favorite singers at the time (and still to this day).

    The Daydream Tour was another highlight in me being a fan. I just had to have tickets, but the queue was long... I had some conversation with the two girls in front of me, but just when it was their turn... there were no tickets left... We were so upset!
    Luckily, my friend (who also had bought the Underneath The Stars cd-single) had bought two tickets (for herself and her brother). When she heard I didn't have any tickets she sold me her brother's ticket! Next we made plans to go to Paris to see at least two concerts of the tour. As Mariah only gave four concerts in Europe, I bragged I had seen half the tour. LOL
    Funny thing happened when we got into the coach that brought us to Paris... The girls that had stand in line right in front of me, were in the bus too! My friend exchanged addresses with one of them and wrote with the girl for years. Years went by and I started my job as a teacher and then my friend said: "That's funny, you work in the same village as where that Mariah fan lives." Even funnier was that I had a trainee who had the same name (but didn't look like her at all). I decided to bring up Mariah anyway and my trainee happened to be the same girl! (She had gotten rid of her glasses, cut her hair short and dyed it a different color, so that's why I didn't recognize her. Besides, we only had seen each other twice, years before.)


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  • Leo
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    A great era, no doubt about it! 583M views, the biggest surprise to me was OSD almost matching ABMB! Ok, I know it's a record-breaking 16-week #1 song, but still I was not expecting that.

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  • Leo
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    Album Title: daydream
    Release Date: October 3rd 1995 by Columbia Records

    General Info: Mariah's fifth studio album, Daydream, found her consolidating creative control over her career, leading to tensions with Columbia as the album featured a departure from her allegiance to pop and gravitated heavily towards R&B and hip hop. Throughout the project, Mariah collaborated with Walter Afanasieff, with whom she wrote and produced most of her two previous albums, but still she considers Daydream to be the beginning of her musical and vocal transformation, a change that became more apparent in her next album. While Columbia allowed Carey more leniency with the music she recorded, they became hesitant when she featured Ol' Dirty Bastard in the remix for "Fantasy". They feared the sudden change was completely left field for her music, and worried it would jeopardize the album's success. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mariah openly spoke of her issues with Columbia: "Everybody was like 'What, are you crazy?' They're nervous about breaking the formula. It works to have me sing a ballad on stage in a long dress with my hair up."

    Reviews: Critically, the album was described as Mariah's best to date. The New York Times named it one of 1995's best albums and concluded: "[the album] brings R&B candy-making to a new peak of textural refinement [...] Carey's songwriting has taken a leap forward and become more relaxed, sexier and less reliant on thudding clichés."

    Commercial performance: Daydream became her biggest-selling album in the United States, and her second album to be certified Diamond by the RIAA, after Music Box. The album continued Mariah's dominance in Asian music markets and sold in excess of 2.2 million copies in Japan alone and over 20 million copies globally.

    Singles: The album's lead single, "Fantasy", became the first single by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the second single, "One Sweet Day", a collaboration with R&B group Boyz II Men, remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-breaking 16 consecutive weeks, becoming the longest-running number-one song in history for 23 years, until Lil Nas X broke it.


    US UK AUS CAN FRA GER
    Fantasy 1 4 1 1 5 17
    One Sweet Day with Boys II Men 1 6 2 1 5 25
    Open Arms - 4 27 - 29 65
    Always Be My Baby 1 3 17 1 - 76
    Forever - - 77 11 - -
    Underneath The Stars - - - - - -

    Accolades: Daydream and its singles were nominated in six categories at the 38th Grammy Awards. Though considered a favorite to win the top awards of the evening, Carey was shut out, prompting her to comment "What can you do? I will never be disappointed again." In July 2017, the album ranked at number 97 on the list for the 150 greatest female albums of all time by the National Public Radio.

    YouTube: Views belong to the official video as of Feb 27th 2021

    Fantasy Official Video - 73.811.686 views
    Fantasy Remix feat. O.D.B. Official Video - 27.269.936 views
    Fantasy from Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden - 1.927.923 views
    Fantasy from Around The World - 553.548 views
    One Sweet Day with Boys II Men Official Video - 219.764.040 views
    One Sweet Day with Boys II Men from Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden - 8.615.586 views
    Open Arms Official Video - 483.269 views
    El Amor Que Sone Official Video - 817.418 views
    Open Arms from Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden - 7.415.734 views
    Open Arms from Top of the Pops - 651.972 views
    Always Be My Baby Official Video - 220.712.908 views
    Always Be My Baby Mr. Dupri Remix feat. Da Brat & XScape - 1.316.208 views
    Always Be My Baby from Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden - 1.307.986 views
    Always Be My Baby Live from Tokyo Dome - 492.316 views
    Always Be My Baby Live at iHeart Living Room Concert For America - 2.052.549 views
    Forever (Live Video Version) - 10.098.321 views
    Forever from Fantasy: Live at Madison Square Garden - 4.950.394 views
    Underneath The Stars Official Video - 889.103 views


    Songs listed in the ballot:

    Fantasy
    Underneath the Stars
    One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men)
    Open Arms
    Always Be My Baby
    I Am Free
    When I Saw You
    Long Ago
    Melt Away
    Forever
    Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix)
    Looking In
    Always Be My Baby (Always Club Mix)
    Always Be My Baby (ft. Da Brat & Xscape) [Mr. Dupri Mix]
    Fantasy (Def Club Mix)
    Fantasy (Live At MSG)
    Fantasy (ft. Ol' Dirty Bastard) [Bad Boy Fantasy]
    One Sweet Day Chuky's Remix (feat. Boyz II Men)
    Underneath the Stars (Drifting Remix)

    Source: wikipedia Mariah Carey & Daydream album.

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by sYair View Post
    I'll be voting soon!!
    The more people vote, the better! So many lambs, so many different tastes.

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  • Sebastian
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    I'll be voting soon!!

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  • bm08
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    The vocals on Merry Christmas are some of her best. I also love the fact that MC took the more traditional route in terms of the kinds of songs she recorded for the album and paying homage to both the religious and secular aspects of the holiday.

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  • Tomer_MC
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    Merry Christmas - In my country we don't celebrate Christmas (jewish), but of course there are alot of different pepole and beliefs (just like everywhere else), so it took a while until I heard Merry Christmas, I guess it was only in the early 2000's - strange to think about it now, more so cause ever since I've been such a die hard fan and I follow every step she makes.
    Though I was always in awe of her vocal performances on the Christmas songs (& everything else obviously) and felt it's special connection for her on a spiritual level, It took some time until I fully embraced it. by the time MC2U had arrived I was totally hooked so I could really appreciate it by then.
    MC is an incredible body of work and was so invested by Mariah & her label and it's still is. I love seeing Mariah putting so much effort and life to her christmas music every year and she truly deserves all the success, love & validation she gets from it. it's timeless.

    Oh and All I Want For Christmas Is You is a 11/10 song. there is no song in the world like it.
    Last edited by Tomer_MC; Thu February 25, 2021, 11:41.

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  • Marchum
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    I’ve just sent my votes to both of you guys, lmk if I need to fix or redo something.

    ps: what a fantastic, fabulous, magnificent discography

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  • Leo
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    Keep the votes coming! So far, 3 songs have an average of 10 or above! The lowest scroed song averages 1.86!

    The highest average album stands at 8.03! and the lowest at 6.40!

    It's up to YOU to shake things up!

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  • Leo
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    Originally posted by sYair View Post
    Do we have to vote for ALL songs? There are some remixes I've never heard.
    only vote songs you want to vote... and then go and listen to all remixes!!!! lol

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  • RayRay
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    Originally posted by sYair View Post
    Do we have to vote for ALL songs? There are some remixes I've never heard.
    You only vote for the songs you know.

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  • Sebastian
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    Do we have to vote for ALL songs? There are some remixes I've never heard.

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  • bm08
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    For people wishing to submit their ballots in parts (based on our Era focus), then they should submit these ratings for these songs:

    Silent Night
    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    O Holy Night
    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
    Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)
    Joy To the World
    Jesus Born On This Day
    Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
    Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)
    Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    All I Want For Christmas Is You (ft. Jermaine Dupri & Bow Wow) [So So Def Remix]
    All I Want For Christmas Is You (with Justin Bieber) [SuperFestive Version]
    Joy to the World (Celebration Mix)
    Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Anniversary Mix)
    Dreamlover
    Hero
    Anytime You Need a Friend
    Music Box
    Now That I Know
    Never Forget You
    Without You
    Just to Hold You Once Again
    I've Been Thinking About You
    All I've Ever Wanted
    Anytime You Need a Friend (C+C Remix)
    Anytime You Need a Friend (Soul Convention Remix)
    Dreamlover (Def Club Mix)
    Dreamlover Bam Jam Soul
    Dreamlover Theo's Club Joint
    Never Forget You Radio Edit

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  • RayRay
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    Merry Christmas

    I love Christmas music as long as I can remember. As a little boy I sang at church and the Christmas songs were always among my favorites. My parents had Christmas albums of Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, the Carpenters, Bing Crosby, Jim Reeves and others.

    One of the first Christmas albums I bought myself was A Very Special Christmas which featured Christmas songs by Madonna, Whitney Houston and others. As Madonna and Whitney were my two favorite artists at that moment, I was thrilled and hoped they would do a complete Christmas album soon.

    Then there were Christmas album releases by New Kids On The Block, Carnie & Wendy Wilson... but no Madonna or Whitney. Mariah very quickly became one of my most favorite artists ever with releasing album after album and then... 1994... Merry Christmas. I was over the moon! I couldn't believe she beat Madonna and Whitney to it. It made me love Mariah even more.

    My favorite song at first was Joy To The World (most of the time I first fall for the up-tempo's). Great intro, gospel choir, upbeat. Everything I love!

    It took me a little longer to fall for O Holy Night, but once I did, there was no stopping the love for this rendition. It's my favorite Mariah Christmas song now.

    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) took me a while to like it. It was also on the A Very Special Christmas album... sung by U2 (which I didn't like at all). Everytime I listened to Mariah's version, I couldn't stop hearing U2 in my mind. It took me a long time to get rid of that thought.

    All I Want For Christmas Is You is another song that took me a while to really fall for. It's very catchy, but somehow it doesn't appeal to me as much as the songs about the nativity and the added gospel choirs. It was a big hit here right from the start in 1994. Somehow it was clear to me it would be as big as Wham!'s Last Christmas and Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas. Still, I never thought it would a #1 for several years in the far future. I expected it to become a big classic, but to see how big it has become is beyond believe.

    Favorite songs right from the start Jesus Born On This Day (sounded like a classic from day one, and those choirs!), Jesus Oh What A Wonderful Child (the choir, the ending!), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (to think it's just her voice!), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (who else could have come up with such a fitting mash-up?!)


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