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Released: August 31, 1993

Rating: 3.500 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Dreamlover
  2. Hero
  3. Anytime You Need a Friend
  4. Music Box
  5. Now That I Know
  6. Never Forget You
  7. Without You
  8. Just to Hold You Once Again
  9. I’ve Been Thinking about You
  10. All I’ve Ever Wanted


sales in U.S. only 10 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 1.5 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 27.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 8
peak on U.K. album chart 1 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Dreamlover (8/7/93) #1 US, #9 UK, #1 RB, #2 AC. Platinum single.
  • Hero (10/23/93) #1 US, #7 UK, #5 RB, #2 AC. Platinum single.
  • Without You (1/29/94) #2a US, #1 UK, #4 AC. Gold single.
  • Never Forget You (1/29/94) #7 RB. Gold single (B-side of “Without You”)
  • Anytime You Need a Friend (5/28/94) #8a US, #8 UK, #22 RB, #5 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums The World’s Best Selling Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page.

Music Box
Mariah Carey
“Mariah Carey has been stung by critical charges that she’s all vocal bombast and no subtlety, soul or shading. Her solution was to make an album in which her celebrated octave-leaping voice would be downplayed and she could demonstrate her ability to sing softly and coolly” (Wynn).

“Well, she was partly successful; she trimmed the volume on Music Box. Unfortunately, she also cut the energy level; Carey sounds detached on several selections. She scored a couple of huge hits, Hero and Dreamlover, where she did inject some personality and intensity into the leads” (Wynn).

“Most other times, Carey blended into the background and let the tracks guide her, instead of pushing and exploding through them. It was wise for Carey to display other elements of her approach, but sometimes excessive spirit is preferable to an absence of passion” (Wynn).

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Last updated March 26, 2008.