What Millennials Need to Know About Mariah Carey’s ‘Daydream’

VIBE spotlights some of music’s most essential timepieces for Gen Y

Mariah Carey
Daydream (1995)

Elevator Pitch: Most ’80s and ’90s babies groan and moan that R&B music isn’t what it used to be and they’re right. Mariah Carey’s Daydream LP is MC’s graduation fromTitanic-y ballad voice box to R&B&Pop queen.

Singles That Get Infinite Spins: Daydream’s lead, “Fantasy”; the Kleenex-soaked “One Sweet Day”; nostalgia pusher “Always Be My Baby”; the twinkly-eyed “Underneath The Stars”

Peak Moment: Track No. 1. Soaked in the feel good thrills from Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love,” “Fantasy” set the stage for pop music today. Despite some pushback from her then-label, Columbia Records, and ex-husbandger/ then-chief of Sony, Tommy Motola, who tried to fashioned Mimi into the “next Whitney Houston,” the Long Island native and self-professed hip-hop head orchestrated a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan’s late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Diddy (then Puff Daddy) for the “Fantasy” remix to help her glide into the hip-hop space.

She expressed these differences with Columbia, telling Entertainment Weekly at the time, “Everybody was like ‘What, are you crazy?’ They’re nervous about breaking the formula. It works to have me sing a ballad on stage in a long dress with my hair up.”

With long gowns still a staple in her stage wardrobe, Mariah etched the blueprint for modern-day pop melodies featuring rap verses (see: Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé’s hits) and continues to incorporate that same formula into her post-1995 catalog.

Lines Best For Status Updates—When You’re In Your Feelings:
“Oh when you walk by every night, talking sweet and looking fine, I get kind of hectic inside”
“Feels like I’m dreaming but I’m not sleeping”
“Although the sun will never shine the same again, I’ll always look to a brighter day”
“No way you’re never gonna shake me, ooh darling ’cause you’ll always be my baby”
“Only once in a lifetime, love rushes in, changing you with the tide”
“You knew how to get your way, ignorance was bliss in your warm embrace”
“Thoughts run wild as I sit and rhapsodize, paint pretty pictures of what I’d do if you were mine”

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