“We Belong Together” (2005)
After the failure of her previous ballads (“Through The Rain,” “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”) it was surprising Carey would offer up one after the warm response to “It’s Like That.” However, the song proved to be just what fans wanted. Her first number 1 hit in five years, “We Belong Together” shined thanks to a retro R&B feel and Carey letting melody do the work. Carey was back! The remaining singles (“Don’t Forget About Us,” “Shake It Off”) raised to the top of the charts.