Album: Emotions (1991)
Charted: 17 1
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  • When this hit the top of the Hot 100, it meant that Carey's first five singles had reached #1. This was a record, overtaking The Jackson Five, whose first four singles reached the summit. Carey's sixth single release "Can't Let Go" broke the run, as it only reached #2.
  • This song provides an opportunity for Carey to show off her vocal range, especially at the end of the song. When Carey sang this song at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, she reportedly sounded a G-sharp three and a half octaves above middle C. This was one of the highest notes produced by a human voice in the history of recorded music.
  • Carey wrote this with David Cole and Robert Clivillés, who were the C + C of C + C Music Factory, who had a hit of their own in 1991 with "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."
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Comments: 3

  • Sony from Bangalore, IndiaWOW! The notes she hits...this is considered as one of the most difficult female songs to cover..and her whistle register is top notch.
  • Jorges from Oaxaca, MexicoWhen I listened 1st time this song, I decided purchase the album suddenly. I thought: "each song Mariah Carey releases its a nnumber 1 !! it must be a record! and yes, it was. Can't Let Go reached the ·2- but the merit is there .
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaThis song sounds a lot like "Best of My Love" by, natch, The Emotions.
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