This sweet love song was co-written and produced by Sean Combs, who was known at the time as Puff Daddy. Carey wrote the lyric, which finds her infatuated with some lucky dude.
This samples "The Body Rock" by the Treacherous Three. Carey explained to VH1: "The original loop on 'Honey' was from 'Body Rock' by the Treacherous Three. That was Q-Tip's idea. It was my idea to throw in the 'Hey DJ' part, because that was always one of my favorite songs."
Carey told VH1 that she was already thinking about the song's video when she penned it. She said: "I wrote the lyrics to 'Honey' in Puerto Rico on this boat. I kept rewinding the track and watching people jet-ski, thinking, 'That would be cool for the video.' I never think about the video when I'm writing the song, usually, but the whole atmosphere seemed right."
The video showed a more sensual side of Carey than had previously been seen. The singer said to VH1: "People felt like my image changed because suddenly I could do what I wanted to. But 'Honey' is quite tame compared to some of the videos that are out now by quote/unquote Pop artists. Yes, I do strip down and all that stuff, but I'm not like stripping. There's a bikini. To me, it's all very playful and done in fun. It was totally up my alley because who else is going to swim with Gucci stilettos on? That's very me. For the first time, I got the chance to have fun making a video and be myself. Like the running on the beach with the dog? That's me. When you don't see me on TV, that's what I'm doing. [Laughs]"
The song debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 making Mariah Carey the first act to achieve three chart-topping starts. Her previous two songs to arrive at the top position were "Fantasy
" and "One Sweet Day
" both in 1995.