Grading Mariah Carey’s Comeback Singles

Now that 2014 is in full swing, Mariah Carey is trying to find her way to the top of the charts following the success of “#Beautiful,” which was meant to erase the distant memory of “Triumphant (Get ’Em),” which nearly erased all the good faith “Touch My Body” and “Obsessed” earned the singer when she finally landed back on top of the charts thanks to “We Belong Together.” If you’re noticing a pattern, it’s that nearly every single has been a hit-or-miss attempt to get back to the heyday of Carey’s pre-Glitter days. With “You’re Mine (Eternal)” up to bat, we wanted to look back on all of the ’comeback’ singles that came before it.

“Through The Rain” (2002)

The first of the many “comeback” singles was a color-by-numbers version of a Mariah Carey ballad. Fans responded to the tepid step in kind. It was her first real attempt at the pre-breakdown Carey and it just felt lukewarm. The song peaked at 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 before disappearing all together.

Grade: D

“Boy (I Need You)” (2003)

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