A number of critics have compared the style of this ballad to Carey's smash hit "We Belong Together."
Carey told BET Access Granted this is "one of those sad love songs that everybody likes to sing when they're kinda like, still holding on to someone that they miss." She added: "It's just about someone who keeps coming back to that one person they can't let go of."
This is the fourth and final single from Carey's 11th studio album, E=MC2. When it debuted at #1 in the US, Carey proved her triumphant comeback with her previous album, The Emancipation Of Mimi, was not a fluke. "I think that having the success with the last record allowed me to have more freedom… and just make records that I like," she told the Associated Press. "It's kind of a really fun record."
This was a #1 hit on the US Dance chart.
Carey's then-husband Nick Cannon directed the music video, which casts Mariah as a Las Vegas showgirl who discovers her man (Andrew Karelis) has moved on with one of her fellow dancers. The heartbroken entertainer flees to the desert in her classic gold Corvette convertible, where she blows it up along with the gifts her ex gave her. She ends up hitchhiking, only to be picked up by her real-life love, Cannon. It was filmed at The Bank Nightclub in The Bellagio Hotel and Casino Resort and in the Mojave Desert. Cannon said they opted to shoot in black-and-white to keep the focus on the soulful song and allow the lyrics to tell the story.
Clips from the video were used in a commercial for Carey's Luscious Pink perfume.
"Whole Lotta Love" was Led Zeppelin's only US Top 10 hit, charting at #4. Many of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," were not released as singles, as it was considered bad form in England to make people pay for singles that were on albums.