Mariah Carey is one of this generation’s greatest singers and songwriters. With a career spanning decades, Carey has earned her spot as one of the greatest artists in music history for her penmanship, vocal ability, and diva personality. From her musical debut in the ’90s, Carey’s soothing voice has featured in chart-topping singles and albums she has released. The Songbird Supreme has sold over 200 million records and won dozens of Awards during her music career.
Her album, Merry Christmas, currently holds the record for the best Christmas album of all time, according to Billboard. Mariah has released over 80 singles, with a handful debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The “When You Believe” singer has collaborated with several artists in the industry, like Whitney Houston, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, and found massive success with most of her projects. We ranked Mariah Carey’s most listend to songs on Spotify, based solely on the number of streams she has received as of November 18, 2023.
10 “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
Total Spotify Streams: 1.5 Billion
|Release Date:||October 29, 1994|
‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is Mariah Carrey’s most popular song on Spotify, with 1,486,853,502 Spotify streams, as of November 18, 2023. The famous single is still a hit with fans over 20 years after its release because of Mariah’s soothing vocals and bell chimes that evoke the Christmas mood to anyone who listens.
The popular Mariah Carey song’s streams grow even higher every December, garnering Mariah Carey the coveted title of the Queen of Christmas during the holiday season. ‘All I Want For Christmas’ has earned Carrey over $60 million in royalties since its release, showing how much fans love it. It broke the Spotify record for the fourth time for the most streamed song in a single day, with 21.2 million global streams in 2022.
9 “We Belong Together”
Total Spotify Streams: 528 Million
|Album||The Emancipation of Mimi|
|Release Date||March 15, 2005|
In 2005, Mariah Carey released the second single from her tenth album, The Emancipation of Mimi and it was a hit with critics and fans alike. Many said her career was over after the critically panned 2001 film Glitter. But ‘We Belong Together’ surpassed expectations and became the singer’s sixteenth number 1 song on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In 2006, ‘We Belong Together’ won two Grammy Awards, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance out of eight nominations. The song’s music video has helped maintain the single’s popularity with fans. It features Mariah preparing for a wedding before eloping with Prison Break star Wentworth Miller. According to RIAA, the single has sold over 6 million copies as of 2022.
8 “Always Be My Baby”
Total Spotify Streams: 349 Million
|Release Date||February 20, 1996|
‘Always Be My Baby’ by Mariah Carey was released from her fifth studio album, Daydream. The song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release. The single has sold more than 5 million copies, according to RIAA. Mariah wrote the song with Jermaine Dupri, who said the singer’s voice was incredible. “She’s really strong vocally.”
The song alludes to a former lover of Carey’s who will forever have a spot in her heart. Mariah recently approved the classic to part of the 2023 film Beau Is Afraid.
Total Spotify Streams: 337 Million
|Release Date||September 12, 1995|
Another hit single from the 1995 album Daydream was ‘Fantasy’. The popular Mariah Carey song debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed on top for eight consecutive weeks.
When Carey did the Bad Boy remix with Ol’ Dirty Bastard to tap into the rap market, it became a huge hit. After the remix’s success, many credited Mariah Carey for making rap collaborations with other artists famous in the mainstream.
The single still remains a hit with listeners. As of 2023, ‘Fantasy’ is still a popular song on Spotify, recording over 337,259,099 streams on the platform. According to Pitchfork, the ‘Fantasy Remix’ is ranked number 1 on the list of 250 Best Songs of the 1990s.
Total Spotify Streams: 314 Million
|Album||Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel|
|Release Date||June 16, 2009|
One of Mariah Carey’s most popular songs remains a single she wrote about rapper Eminem. After a successful music career with little scandals, Carey made headlines after she responded to Eminem’s constant mention of her name in his music. The “Obsessed,” music video featured Carey as herself and a male stalker resembling Eminem, following her character around.
In response to the music video, Eminem released a diss track, “The Warning.” The single, which debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, was criticized for its heavy use of auto-tune.
5 “I Know What You Want” By Busta Rhymes And Mariah Carey
Total Spotify Streams: 287 Million
|Artists||Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes|
|Album||It Ain’t Safe No More|
|Release Date||February 24, 2003|
Mariah Carey and Busta Rhymes came together to create magic with the single, ‘I Know What You Want,’ The collaboration debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States.
Total Spotify Streams: 248 Million
|Release Date||October 18, 1993|
One of Mariah Carey’s most heartwarming singles she’s ever written has to be 1993’s “Hero.” The ballad is an empowering song that pushes listeners to pursue their dreams. The single has become a classic record, often used as a tribute to lost loved ones. Following the September 11 attacks, Mariah Carey released a medley of the song “Never Too Far.”
Carey told MTV it would be a nice thing to do for those affected. “I feel like it’s our responsibility to do what we can right now in terms of music, just being artists and being human beings. According to RIAA, Mariah Carey’s popular song, “Hero” has been certified three times platinum in the United States. The song remains popular with listeners, bringing in 248,470,766 streams on Spotify.
3 “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Total Spotify Streams: 232,068,985
|Release Date||November 22, 1963|
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a cover song by Mariah Carey that she recorded in 1994 for her album, Merry Christmas. Darlene Love originally sang the single in 1963 before Mariah Carey’s version took over the airwaves in the ’90s. Several artists, including Cher and Michael Bublé, have covered the song, but Love has said she loves Carey’s version the most because of her remarkable voice.
The Christmas single peaked at number 20 on the Billboard US Holiday 100 chart and re-enters the charts yearly around the holiday season.
2 “Without You”
Total Spotify Streams: 228 Million
|Release Date||January 23, 1994|
Another cover on this list that Mariah Carey has owned since releasing her version is the “Without You’” song from her third studio album, Music Box. The popular Mariah Carey song was originally sung by the rock band Badfinger and then by pop star Harry Nilsson.
Mariah Carey’s version of “Without You” peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the United Kingdom Singles chart for four weeks.
1 “Touch My Body”
Total Spotify Streams: 190 Million
|Release Date||February 12, 2008|
Mariah Carey’s response to the haters has always been through her music and stellar voice. With her lead single, “Touch My Body,” from her eleventh album E=MC², Carey got her eighteenth number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 2008 single topping the charts broke history, making Mariah Carey the solo array with the most number 1 singles in history. The award-winning artist told Fox News, “Thank you, Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me off.’
Mariah Carey’s song, “Touch My Body” has sold over 3 million copies in the United States according to RIAA. The catchy hook sticks with fans after every listen, making it one of Mariah’s most popular songs on Spotify, as of November 18, 2023.