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Released: Sept. 16, 1997

Rating: 3.333 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Honey
  2. Butterfly
  3. My All
  4. The Roof
  5. Fourth of July
  6. Breakdown (with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony)
  7. Babydoll
  8. Close My Eyes
  9. Whenever You Call (with Brian McKnight)
  10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
  11. The Beautiful Ones
  12. Outside


sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 1 million
sales worldwide - estimated 16 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 1
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Honey (9/6/97) #1 US, #3 UK, #2 RB. Platinum single.
  • Butterfly (10/4/97) #16a US, #22 UK, #27a RB, #11 AC
  • Breakdown (10/18/97) #53a US, #4 RB
  • My All (4/18/98) #1 US, #4 UK, #4 RB, #18 AC. Platinum single.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Mariah Carey
“Upon its release, Butterfly was interpreted as Mariah Carey's declaration of independence from her ex-husband (and label president) Tommy Mottola, and to a certain extent, that’s true. Butterfly is peppered with allusions to her troubled marriage and her newfound freedom, and the music is supposed to be in tune with contemporary urban sounds instead of adult contemporary radio. Nevertheless, it feels like a Mariah Carey album, which means that it’s a collection of hit singles surrounded by classy filler” (Erlewine).

“What is surprising about Butterfly is the lack of up-tempo dance-pop. Apart from the Puffy Combs-produced Honey, Butterfly is devoted to ballads, and while they are all well-crafted, many of them blend together upon initial listening. Subsequent plays reveal that Carey’s vocals are sultrier and more controlled than ever, and that helps Butterfly, Breakdown, Babydoll, and the Prince cover, The Beautiful Ones, rank among her best; also, the ballads do have a stronger urban feel than before” (Erlewine).

“Even though Butterfly doesn’t have as many strong singles as Daydream, it’s one of her best records, illustrating that Carey is continuing to improve and refine her music, which makes her a rarity among her ‘90s peers” (Erlewine).

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Previous Album: Daydream (1995) Previous Album: #1’s (compilation: 1990-98)

Last updated March 27, 2008.