Trae Patton/NBCMariah Carey has been releasing a string of new songs in anticipation of her forthcoming album, but the singer says she’s not sure any song has ever topped her 2005 hit “We Belong Together.”
In a video for The Voice’s “Story Behind the Song,” the singer — who’s serving as key advisor on The Voice this season — discusses the making of “We Belong Together” and why she considers it to be so special.
Mariah talks about working late into the night with Jermaine Dupri and Johnta Austin, focusing on the second verse of the song, which samples lyrics from Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.”
“We knew it was going to have an effect on us when it came down to the publishing, but we didn’t care because we really, really focused on that song,” she says. “I don’t know that we’ve ever actually been able to top it.”
She also discusses the music video for the song, in which she ditches an older man at the altar and runs away with the man she actually loves, played by Wentworth Miller.
“I get goosebumps thinking about it because it really was such a special time in my life when we did that record,” Mariah says. “I feel like the video definitely captured the emotion of the song.”
To this day, Mariah says “We Belong Together” remains one of her favorite songs to perform. Her new album, Caution, comes out November 16.
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