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  • Audio CD (Nov. 17 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Enhanced
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000FC6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (426 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sweetheart (With JD)
2. When You Believe (From "The Prince Of Egypt") (With Whitney Houston)
3. Whenever You Call (With Brian McKnight)
4. My All
5. Honey
6. Always Be My Baby
7. One Sweet Day (With Boyz II Men)
8. Fantasy (Featuring O.D.B.)
9. Hero
10. Dreamlover
11. I'll Be There (Featuring Trey Lorenz)
12. Emotions
13. I Don't Wanna Cry
14. Someday
15. Love Takes Time
16. Vision Of Love
17. I Still Believe

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The same clichéd sentiments crop up again and again in the lyrics, which are usually co-written by Carey.... There's nothing terrible about singing hit songs ... [b]ut this homogenous presentation only emphasizes Carey's limitations. -- Los Angeles Times


Mariah Carey's #1's is as much a time capsule of '90s pop and R&B as a record of one woman's chart toppers: the disc chronicles a shift from the sweet, nearly '50s-style "Vision of Love" to more recent hip-hop-lite grooves featuring heavy input from Puffy Combs ("Honey"), Jermaine Dupri ("Sweetheart"), and O.D.B. ("Fantasy"). Some hit, some miss, but all feature the fluttery swoops that Carey substitutes for expression of feeling. Depth is beside the point, but few of these tracks are even fun. Still, after eight years, there seems to be no stopping her, and this album will hardly break her streak of successes. --Rickey Wright

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By ANDROIDtyler on Feb. 27 2015
Format: Audio CD
The problem compilations of #1 hits is that songs that go to #1 are not necessarily as memorable and even as big as songs that do not reach the top. It can also show an unbalanced view of an artists run of hits. I think that is the issue with Mariah's #1's CD. Even though thought I do love all of the songs, its' a little uneven since 4 songs from her debut are contained and only one song from her second album is contained, as well as only two cuts from her biggest seller "Music Box", all because of the "#1" rule. While tracks like "Without You" (A #3 hit in the US, albeit #1 in the UK) and "Make It Happen" (#5 US) are missing, which are more memorable than the some of the songs on here that did make the top. The Japan version of this album is a little bit more even because it contains "All I Want For Christmas Is You", and "without You replaces "I Don't Wanna Cry". Her "Greatest Hits" album is also more well-rounded, if you are looking for all of the big hits from her tenure at Columbia.

But overall it is a good album, because what actually did make the cut is 17 fantastic songs. I enjoy all of the bonus cuts which are a nice edition, as well as the Bad boy Remix of "Fantasy", which I actually prefer to the album version.

1. Sweetheart (With JD) 5/5
2. When You Believe (From "The Prince Of Egypt") (With Whitney Houston) 4/5
3. Whenever You Call (With Brian McKnight) 4/5
4. My All 5/5
5. Honey 5/5
6. Always Be My Baby 5/5
7. One Sweet Day (With Boyz II Men) 4/5
8. Fantasy (Featuring O.D.B.) 5/5
9. Hero 4/5
10. Dreamlover 4/5
11. I'll Be There (Featuring Trey Lorenz) 4/5
12. Emotions 5/5
13. I Don't Wanna Cry 5/5
14. Someday 4/5
15. Love Takes Time 5/5
16. Vision Of Love 5/5
17. I Still Believe 5/5
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Format: Audio CD
This collection is of Mariah Carey's number 1 hits. Most of the songs can be found on albums (Self-titled, Emotions, MTV Unplugged, Music Box, Daydream and Butterfly) except for the first, second and last track.
Sweetheart featuring JD is an upbeat song, could have been included on the Butterfly album (meaning it sounds more like the material off that album)
When You Believe, the duet with R&B/pop diva Whitney Houston is from the Prince Of Egypt soundtrack, a beautiful song about believing in yourself.
I Still Believe is a beautiful strengthening song, I could see this song being on a single with Hero (and the later track Never Too Far from Glitter).
The other tracks that appear on albums but have been remixed are Fantasy and Whenever You Call.
Fantasy featuring ODB is originally on the Daydream album, this song is very danceable and one of Mariah's best remixes.
Whenever You Call which originally appeared on the Butterfly CD appears here but with guest vocalist Brian McKnight. I prefer this version more compared to the Mariah only version. It's very beautiful done with a male voice.
Overall, it's definitely a must by for any Mariah fan but if you mainly like her singles get this and/or Greatest Hits (which contains songs that didn't make it to number one). A perfect collection.
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Format: Audio CD
Keep in mind that this album is called #1's and not Greatest Hits. So you know that it will include Mariah Carey's most popular songs and not necessarily her best. That being said, you can already guess why it gets only 3 stars from me.
The most noteworthy songs on this album are the ballads. Which has always been the case with just about every Mariah Carey album. She does the ballads so much better than she does the pop/commercial songs. "When You Believe", "Love Takes Time", "I Don't Wanna Cry" and "Hero" represent the core of this album. Those are the most powerful songs and they prove that Mariah Carey is a great vocalist. Maybe it's just me but the commercial songs like "Honey", "Sweetheart" and "Fantasy" always annoyed me. Her good fast songs were the ones back on her early albums like "Emotions" and "Someday". I'm a hip-hop fan to the fullest but her collaborations with rappers never impressed me much. They seemed to be made just for the sole purpose of being raped to death by the radio. Well at least the disc closes on a high-note with Mariah's stellar performance on "I Still Believe".
All in all, this collection isn't all bad. However, I don't recommend you purchase it unless you need it to complete your Mariah Carey collection. Mariah's 2-disc Greatest Hits is available now and it features just about every song here plus many of her other great works. Even if you like her pop songs the Greatest Hits album is still better. It will satisfy you much more.
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Format: Audio CD
This compilation demonstrates how Mariah Carey has been one of the most maddeningly uneven pop artists of recent time. When she's good, she's really good, but when she's bad, she's awful. I would rate about half this album 5 stars, the other half just 1. I know this averages out to 3 stars, but I decided to give it a fourth star because I like the good songs so much.
At her core, Mariah is basically a torch singer. She is at her best on smoky ballads like "My All" and "I don't Wanna Cry," on which she uses the lower end of her incredible vocal range. Mariah is also very good in a duet setting, when she gets to play off a contrasting voice. "When you Believe" (with Whitney Houston), "Whenever You Call" (with Brian McKnight), and "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men) are all made interesting by the interplay between singers.
On the down side, Mariah is unconvincing as a soul singer (e.g., "Honey"), and her attempts at hip hop are embarrassingly weak (e.g., "Sweetheart"). Even her good songs teeter on the brink of sugary banality, and some are just too treacly for my taste (e.g., "Hero").
If you like Mariah's hits and want to own just one of her albums, I recommend this one. Just be prepared to skip over some of the tracks when you play it.
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