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Released: October 3, 1995

Rating: 3.300 (average of 5 ratings)

Genre: pop

Quotable:Daydream demonstrates that Carey…has earned her status as an R&B/pop diva” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Fantasy
  2. Underneath the Stars
  3. One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men)
  4. Open Arms
  5. Always Be My Baby
  6. I Am Free
  7. When I Saw You
  8. Long Ago
  9. Melt Away
  10. Forever
  11. Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix)
  12. Looking In


sales in U.S. only 10 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 3 million
sales worldwide - estimated 25 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 6
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Fantasy (9/9/95) #1 US, #4 UK, #1 RB, #8 AC. 2x platinum single.
  • One Sweet Day (11/18/95) #1 US, #6 UK, #2 RB, #1 AC. 2x platinum single.
  • Open Arms (2/17/96) #4 UK
  • Always Be My Baby (3/23/96) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB, #2 AC. Platinum single.
  • Forever (6/29/96) #9a US, #2 AC
  • Underneath the Stars (8/24/96) #69a RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Mariah Carey
“Mariah Carey certainly knows how to construct an album. Positioning herself directly between urban R&B with tracks like Fantasy, and adult contemporary with songs like One Sweet Day, a duet with Boyz II Men, Carey appeals to both audiences equally because of the sheer amount of craft and hard work she puts into her albums” (Erlewine).

“‘Fantasy’ provides the only real transcendent chapter on this album. Reinterpreting Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’ with a percolating dance beat, the single emphasizes everything that makes Mariah Carey great. Her voice swoops, squeals, and careens over the seductive rhythm, while the words capture just the right amount of vulnerability and determination” (Vaziri).

Daydream is her best record to date, featuring a consistently strong selection of songs and a remarkably impassioned performance by Carey” (Erlewine). She can fall “back into typical adult-contemporary schlock and pointless vocal gymnastics, particularly on Melt Away and the bombastic cover of Journey’s Open Arms” (Vaziri), “but Daydream demonstrates that Carey continues to perfect her craft and that she has earned her status as an R&B/pop diva” (Erlewine).

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previous album: Merry Christmas (1994) next album: Butterfly (1997)

Last updated January 31, 2009.