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This is a list of unreleased songs by Mariah Carey. This list includes songs that are unreleased to the general public, (never appeared on any released recording), and have been verified to exist, b-sides and bonus tracks with limited or exclusive releases, and released songs that were originally intended with unreleased guest stars.
Not included in listEdit
Live concert covers (such as Carey's 2005 performance of "With You I'm Born Again" and older material from her brother's high school band like U2's "With Or Without You" or anything with Lenny Kravitz's band and other bands in the 80's while she was their lead singer for a few performances), live concert snippets of covers (such as snippets of "The Rose"), unofficial or bootleg remixes with featured guests (such as the "We Belong Together (TMC Club Mix)", parodies (such as "Lovemuffin" or "Not Insane" from Mad TV), unverifiable tracks (such as "Everytime"), pre-stardom demos of songs not written by Carey, or released songs with guest backing vocals by Carey (such as her background vocal performance on "Last Chance" or on "Everytime I Close My Eyes") are not included in this list.
B-sides and non-U.S. bonus tracksEdit
|1990||"Don't Play That Song (for Me)"||Mariah Carey (limited Australian edition)||Video recording released on 1991 VHS The First Vision|
|1993||"Do You Think of Me"||"Dreamlover"|
|Music Box (Canadian edition)|
|"Everything Fades Away"||"Hero"|
|Music Box (non-U.S. editions)|
|1994||"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"||Merry Christmas (special non-U.S. editions)||Released on U.S. DualDisc edition of Merry Christmas in 2005|
|1996||"Slipping Away"||"Always Be My Baby"|
|1998||"Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from Mahogany)"||#1's (non-U.S. editions)||Released on limited edition U.S. Wal-Mart EP Valentines in 2000|
|2001||"There for Me"||"Never Too Far/Hero Medley"|
|2002||"Miss You"||Charmbracelet (Japanese edition)||Released on album The Remixes in 2003|
|"Bringin' on the Heartbreak" (non-U.S.)|
|2003||"There Goes My Heart"||Charmbracelet (special non-U.S. tour editions)|
|2005||"Sprung"||The Emancipation of Mimi (Japanese and UK editions)||Released on U.S. Target editions of The Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition|
|"Secret Love"||The Emancipation of Mimi (Japanese edition)||Releases as bonus download with U.S. Wal-Mart editions of The Emancipation of Mimi|
|"Shake It Off" (Australia)|
|"Get Your Number"/"Shake It Off" (UK)|
|2008||"Heat"||E=MC² (Japanese and UK editions)|
|"4real4real"||E=MC² (Japanese edition)||Released with U.S and U.K digital pre-orders of E=MC²|
|2018||"Runway"||Caution (Japanese edition)|
|"Runway" ft. KOHH||Caution (Japanese edition)|
- "Héroe" is the "Hero" single. Almost given to Gloria Estefan both versions were released by Carey with the English version being her eight #1 hit single in 1993. This Spanish version of the song appeared as an international bonus track for Music Box in 1993.
- "El Amor Que Soñé", the Spanish version of "Open Arms", was released on the South American and Spanish versions of the Daydream album. It was also released as a radio single in a number of Spanish-speaking countries. As an international bonus track, it was first released in 1995.
- "Mi Todo", the Spanish version of "My All", was released on the South America versions of the Butterfly album. It was also released as a radio single in a number of Spanish-speaking countries. Outside of South America, it is most easily found on Divas En Español (Sony Discos SMK 84183), a 2001 US compilation. As an international bonus track, it was first released in 1997.
- "Todo Para Ti", the Spanish version of the charity single "What More Can I Give" in which Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Gloria Estefan among others took part to. This song was never commercially released even though it was supposed to be after 9/11. The project got canceled probably because of the feud at the time between Michael Jackson & Tommy Mottola.
Pre-Record Deal (1985-1988)Edit
According the US Copyright Office, Carey had started to copyright songs in 1985 when she was just fifteen years old. The registration numbers for the following copyright songs are in brackets.
She has two registered on May 16, 1985:
- Ticket to Heaven (PAu-723-819) with music by Joel Kushnick and lyrics by Carey
- How to Begin (PAu-723-833) with music by Paul Kushnick & lyrics by Carey
On June 14, 1985, Carey registered:
- Discover That You're Mine (PAu-734-102) written by Carey
Carey had also registered a song with songwriting partner Clarissa Dane, then roommate and friend, on December 28, 1987:
- Fade Away (SRu-129-353) (not to be confused with "Everything Fades Away") with lyrics by Dane and Carey and music by Carey.
- On February 11, 1988, the song's credits were changed to have both writers share claim in music and lyrics. The December registration says the song can also be known as "(You Just) Fade Away" (SRu-125-712). Dane later revealed the song having a Rock feel and stated Carey as one of the most versatile persons out there claiming she can sing any style, any genre in a 2004 interview with leading fansite Mariah Daily. The opening lyric was described as: "Just another lonely night" with the style of the song being AOR something in the vein of late 80's Heart and Chicago.
Mariah Carey album (1990)Edit
Carey and her songwriting partner, Ben Marguiles, wrote several songs together before Carey got her recording contract, and several after she got it, including "Love Takes Time" and "Vision of Love". As her Sony/Columbia bosses were concerned with Carey having a flawless debut, many of the songs they had written did not make the album. "Here We Go Round Again" was the first song they ever wrote together being described as a Motown sounding R&B/Soul song. "Do You Ever Wonder" was placed on Carey's famous demo tape but also never made the final album cut. Carey and Ben later had a falling out, slimming the odds of the songs being released. As Carey has now left Sony, the possibility of the songs being released is almost nonexistent. In 2005 Carey bought the rights to all songs from Sony. The registration numbers for the following titles are in brackets.
- Unspoken Emotion (PAu-1-667-059)
- Surrender To Me (PAu-1-667-057)
- Now You Got My Heart (PAu-1-667-060)
- No Doubt (PAu-1-667-062)
- Let Me Go (PAu-1-667-070)
- Into The Light (PAu-1-667-107)
- Hypnotized (PAu-1-667-101)
- Here We Go Round Again (PAu-1-667-103)
- Echoes Of Love (PAu-1-667-107)
- Don’t Take The World Away (PAu-1-667-058)
- Do You Ever Wonder? (PAu-1-667-100)
- I Lose Control
- Bee mar suite 82288'1 (PAu-1-119-135)
- Bee mar suite III1 (PAu-1-134-561)
1 These could be unfinished works, songs without titles, or songs from the first album (released or unreleased) that had no titles or were not finished before registration.
- Breaking The Chains
- Can You Hear Me?
Daydream album (1995)Edit
- "The Crave Song" was originally written for the Daydream album. It is unknown who Carey wrote or produced it with. Carey teased about the song in interviews, only calling it "The Crave Song" and mentioning that it was full of innuendo. Her manner of speaking showed a side of her that had never been seen before. However, she also mentioned slyly that she would never release the track. Carey once had a record label named Crave, but there is no evidence to suggest that the song and the record label are related.
Rainbow album (1999)Edit
- "Crystal Ball" (featuring Lauryn Hill) was originally written for the Rainbow album.
It was a collaboration with hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill , and it remains unreleased because of the fact that it was never recorded because both singers didn't have time to record the song.
Glitter album (2001)Edit
- "Lillie's Blues" (420597162) with credits to Carey, James Samuel Harris III, Terry Steven Lewis, and James Quenton Wright
- The song with a Jazz Blues sound is featured early in the film Glitter, where the young Billie (Isabel Gomes) and her mother (Valarie Pettiford) are in a bar singing and the young Billie showcases her vocal abilities. It may be that the song was never intended to be recorded by Carey, but given copyright status primarily for its purpose in the movie. A portion of the lyrics are featured in the film.
- "Love Will Never End"
- "Love Is A Battlefield" This song was a remake of the Pat Benatar classic
- "Anything Can Happen" rumored first single from the earlier stages when the accompanying movie was titled 'All That Glitters'
Charmbracelet album (2002)Edit
- "The Wedding Song" was originally written for the Charmbracelet album. The song was written and produced by Carey, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis. Jam and Lewis even mentioned the song (calling it only as "The Wedding Song") in interviews, but nevertheless it was never released.
- "Reach For The Sky" was originally written for the Charmbracelet album. The song was written and produced by Carey and 7 Aurelius, at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, along with the songs "Subtle Invitation" and "There Goes My Heart", the former of which made the album and the latter of which was an added track on the Asian-only re-release. Carey mentioned the song in several interviews comparing it to her hit "Hero", and boasting of its live instrumentation and its Olympic Theme/Arena type sound. Fans and critics were shocked then, as the heavily promoted song was nowhere to be found when the album was released. When questioned about the song at the March of Dimes Awards, she said that she decided to include "My Saving Grace" on the album's final cut instead of "Reach For The Sky".
The Emancipation of Mimi album (2005)Edit
- "When I Feel It" was originally written and produced by Carey and Mahogany for the The Emancipation of Mimi album. The song was supposed to be released on all versions of The Emancipation of Mimi and was confirmed as a track from early reports of the album's tracklisting. However, only weeks before the album was to be released, the sample of The Dynamic Superiors' "Here Comes That Feeling" that was used in the song was denied clearance by the original songwriters. Carey and her record label pleaded to have the sample cleared, but were once again denied. As a result, the track was not legally allowed to be released and the track "Joy Ride" replaced it on the album. A very brief and rough cell phone recording of a snippet of "When I Feel It" was leaked to the internet by fans of Carey in early 2005. The entire track leaked to the internet in July 2007 after a snippet was featured on Mahogany's official MySpace profile, but a controversy arose after fans complained that he had charged $1.99 for the song but failed to deliver it on time (see their official myspace page www.myspace.com/douknow07 ). In a recent interview with Rashmi Shastri Mahogany stated about "When I Feel It" that 'it's so soulful you would want the whole album to be like that'.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, abbreviated as ASCAP, has registered in its database several unreleased or unfinished songs accredited to Carey. The ASCAP Title Code for the following songs are in brackets alongside the song's writers.
- Headlines (380354894) written by Branford Marsalis
- Flow (360517442) written by James Samuel, Harris III, and Terry Steven Lewis)
- I Pray (391751774) written by Crouch Kenneth Scott and Carey - the song was performed by Paul Robbins on the Oprah Winfrey show, where it is said that Mariah Carey (present for the show) wrote this song especially for Paul.
A video of the performance can be viewed on YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1XroHBvGRU
Released songs (with unreleased guest stars)Edit
Mariah Carey album (1990)Edit
- "We're Not Making Love Anymore" (featuring Michael Bolton)was initially scheduled to be released on either Carey's debut album or Michael Bolton's Time, Love & Tenderness album in 1990. The song has reportedly been performed live once at an untaped debut showcase for Carey's debut album in 1989/1990 featuring both artists. Unfortunately due to some schedule conflicts Carey was unable to finish the studio version as she was in the recording process of her then sophomore album Emotions. It was eventually released on Bolton's 1991 album featuring Patti LaBelle.
Rainbow album (1999)Edit
- "After Tonight" (featuring Luis Miguel) was released on the album Rainbow, with no featured artists. It was originally intended to be a duet with Carey's then boyfriend, Luis Miguel, titled "Till The End" , but because the vocals of Carey and Miguel were not musically compatible (due to Carey's high range), the couple were forced to repeatedly re-record the song with several documented takes. Finally, a frustrated Miguel took the recording of the song and ripped it up. Although this was originally explained as the reason why the version on the album is solo, it should be noted that apparently digital backups of the version with Miguel do exist. As Carey is no longer with the Sony/Columbia label and has had a falling out with Miguel, this version is likely to never be released.
Glitter album (2001)Edit
- Songs featuring Prince were recorded but never released due to the release deadline of the album.
Charmbracelet album (2002)Edit
- "Yours" (featuring Justin Timberlake) was released on the album Charmbracelet, with no featured artists. The song was considered to be a duet with Justin Timberlake. The co-producers of the track, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, thought Justin's voice would suit the song and he was called in to record some vocals. Carey was impressed with the results too and wanted the duet on the album. However, Justin's label, Jive, refused to allow clearance for the track to be legally released. In 2005, following the success of Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi, rumours surfaced that Timberlake was eager to work with Carey again on the same song.
The Emancipation of Mimi album (2005)Edit
- "Your Girl" (featuring N.O.R.E.) was released on the album The Emancipation of Mimi, with no featured artists. However, the song was originally supposed to include a rap from NORE. L.A. Reid, Carey's manager at the time, believed the album had enough guest appearances; as a result NORE's raps were removed. A very brief and rough cell phone recording of a snippet of "Your Girl (With Nore)" was leaked to the internet by Carey fans in early 2005.
- Sources on net have stated that Mariah plans to release a compilation of unreleased material in 2007, mainly from the Butterfly, Rainbow, Glitter and Charmbracelet period. It is unknown whether these reports are in fact true. However, several interviews with Mariah give out hints of releasing unreleased material but the release dates are unknown.
Following the release of "The Ballads" album in 2008, in a recent UK radio interview Mariah confirmed that a release of her previous unreleased work is set for a 2009 release. In the interview she mentioned titles that may use, the most likely, she stated, being "Mariah Carey: Second Chance".
- "Timberlake, Jay-Z, Cam'ron Contribute To Mariah Carey LP " by Corey Moss (September 15, 2002). "MTV.com - News". Retrieved on February 27, 2006. ("Yours")
- U.S. Copyright Office — contains information on copyrighted Carey tracks
- MARIAH CAREY, CAREY MARIAH, M CAREY — search titles on ASCAP