When this hit #1 in the US, Mariah tied Elvis Presley for second place in career #1s with 18 - The Beatles are first with 20. Elvis did have 114 Top-40 hits, more than doubling both Mariah and The Beatles. Elvis accomplished the feat in 17 years, while Mariah took 19 (her first #1 was "Vision Of Love
" in 1990). The Beatles had their 20 #1s over a 7 year span.
Carey commented to the Associated Press: "I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world. That's a completely different era and time. I'm just feeling really happy and grateful." She added that being in such company was gratifying not only because of her personal success but what it meant as an example for women and minorities. She said, "In my mind, the accomplishment is just that much sweeter. In terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider, always feeling different - for me it's about saying, 'Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me off'."