5 Lagu Mariah Carey Yang Layak Rilis

Sering kita temui dalam sebuah album lagu-lagu yang enak didengar bahkan jadi favorit tapi tidak pernah dirilis sebagai single. Nah berikut ada 5 lagu Mariah Carey yang menurut Billboard layak jadi single dan punya potensi jadi juara. Bisa jadi bila 5 lagu ini benar-benar dirilis, mungkin Mimi akan menggeser posisi The Beatles sebagai pemilik #1 hits terbanyak. Berikut hitung mundurnya:

5. Languishing (The Interlude)
Lagu ini terdapat di album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel tahun 2009. Sangat disayangkan Mariah hanya menampilkan lagu ini sebagai interlude berdurasi sekitar 2 menit saja. Padahal bila dibuat dalam versi lengkap, ini menjadi satu dari lagu dalam album MOAIA yang layak dirilis.

4. So Blessed
Dipilih sebagai materi di album Emotions tahun 1991, namun tim Mariah lebih memilih Can’t Let Go sebagai single ballad untuk album ini.

3. Reflections (Care Enough) dan Lead the Way
kedua lagu mendayu ini terdapat dalam album Glitter tahun 2001. Namun sayang, di era ini Mariah mendapat tekanan dan fitnah yang tidak beralasan dari pihak label sebelumnya. Kedua lagu ballad yang sangat potensial ini gagal dirilis di Amerika.

2. Whenever You Call
Hadir menghiasi album Butterfly tahun 1997 dan direkam ulang dalam versi duet bersama Brian McKnight untuk album kompilasi #1’s tahun 1998. Walau kedua versi ini sempat dibuat klipnya namun tak pernah secara resmi dirilis sebagai single.

1. All I Ever Wanted
Lagu ini terdapat di album Music Box tahun 1993. Seperti All I Want For Christmas Is You yang meledak namum tak pernah dirilis sebagai single komersil, begitu pun lagu ini kalah saing dengan Anytime You Need A Friend sebagai pendongkrak Music Box. Andai saja All I Ever Wanted yang dipilih saat itu, mungkin Mariah akan terus memperpanjang rekornya di top 10, karena sangat disayangkan Anytime You Need A Friend hanya sampai di peringkat 12 dan menghentikan rekor top 10 di awal karir Mariah.

Itu 5 lagu Mariah Carey yang layak dirilis sebagai single versi Billboard. Tentu saja setiap pendengar album Mimi punya lain opini, bagi yang mau berbagi opini mengenai tema ini bisa kirim versi kamu melalui email mariahcareyid@yahoo.com


What Songs Should’ve Been Singles?

Hi Gary,

This has bothered me for 17 years: why wasn’t “When I Saw You” by Mariah Carey released as a single?

In 1995-96, Carey was at one of her (many) career peaks and this ballad could have easily been the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 from her album “Daydream.” Columbia chose the admittedly beautiful ’50s-styled “Forever” instead (although it didn’t give that song a physical CD release).

“When,” an ode to love at first sight, would’ve countered nicely to the themes of loss and longing featured on her other “Daydream”-era singles (i.e., “One Sweet Day”), not to mention its insanely hooky chorus where Carey belts out 16 bars of melisma – without ever taking a breath! (Maybe that’s why she, as far I know, has never performed it live?)

Such a shame because this track should’ve been huge (and still could be a hit today).

Artie O’Daly
West Hollywood, California

Hi Artie,

I like “When I Saw You,” too, although I can’t argue with Columbia having released “Forever.” It was actually a bold choice, as not many songs on pop radio in recent decades sound like “Unchained Melody.” The waltz rose to No. 9 on Pop Songs in summer 1996.

This e-mail, in fact, deserves its own countdown! Here are my picks for Carey’s top five songs that should’ve been singles, guided by my radio background that taught me that a hook outweighs any other attributes a song may have. Had they been released, Carey might have already passed the Beatles (20) for most Hot 100 No. 1s. She currently has 18.

5, “Languishing (The Interlude),” from “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” (2009). Maybe if Carey had recorded the song in full and not just as a 2-minute, 33-second filler track, it would’ve been a stronger single candidate. Still, she packs the song’s short length with a memorably catchy chorus.

4, “So Blessed,” from “Emotions” (1991). Carey even covered the song, similar in sound to “When I Saw You,” on 1992’s “MTV Unplugged” EP.

Tie 3, “Reflections (Care Enough)”/”Lead the Way,” from “Glitter” (2001). Yes, I’m aware that “Glitter” is one of the most maligned movies in cinema history. Too bad, because I’ve always felt that its soundtrack contains two of her best ballads. “Lead” was co-written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, who teamed to pen her hits “Can’t Let Go,” “Hero” and “Anytime You Need a Friend” (plus the No. 1 song ahead on this ranking.)

2, “Whenever You Call,” from “Butterfly” (1997). It seemed that the ballad might finally become a single when Carey rerecorded it as a duet with Brian McKnight and revived it on her 1998 compilation “#1’s.” Although a video was filmed, the song never became a radio single.

1, “All I Ever Wanted,” from “Music Box” (1993). Despite her catalog of monster hit singles, my two favorite songs of Carey’s are the seasonal “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and this ballad (also co-written with Afanasieff). Who knows, had “All” become the fourth single from “Music Box” instead of the No. 12 Hot 100 hit “Anytime You Need a Friend,” Carey might’ve extended her career-opening streak of top 10s to 12. Instead, her run halted at 11, still a Hot 100 record among new artists matched since by only one act, the singer that prompted this discussion when her streak stopped with the No. 29-peaking “Marry the Night”: Lady Gaga.

5 Comments to “5 Lagu Mariah Carey Yang Layak Rilis”

  1. Setuju…..lebih suka lagu All I Ever Wanted …..

  2. kalo Whenever You Call, lebih suka versi duetnya..

  3. admin, emang Whenever You Call ada VC-nya … gak pernah liat ??

  4. admin,lagu Mariah Carey yg M/V nya di tmpat kyak di padang2 berbunga itu judlnya apa,ya?

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