"I don't want another pretender
To disillusion me one more time
Whispering words of forever
Playing with my mind" - from Dreamlover
My Opinions and Recommendations
I have to be honest, I am not a huge Mariah Carey fan. But she has done some stuff worth listening to, especially in her early years. She has a vocal range that is hard to surpass in music today. I also was one of the 6 people who enjoyed the movie Glitter. I love everything about the cheezy 80s, so I had very few complaints. I wish Mariah would lose all the drama in her life and focus on her career, but I can still enjoy her music. I only own one Mariah CD, her #1s. I like the sing-song Always Be My Baby a lot. I also like one of the songs off her first album, Emotions.
If you are looking for artists with a similar sound, minus the diva tendencies try the R & B sounds of Brandy. Brandy does a lot of upbeat hip-hop songs, but also includes some slow ballads similar to Mariah's style. Alicia Keys also blends R & B with pop to create her sound. Finally try Billie Myers. Billie's voice is very distinguishing, similar to Mariah's, although Billie does mostly slow songs with little to no rap or hip-hop.
Buy Mariah Carey's music