Choosing a favorite Mariah Carey song is a doozy (after all, she’s been around since before Britney and has a repertoire to match), but mine would have to be the 1996 winner “Always Be My Baby.” Maybe it has to do with that instantly identifiable opening guitar strum, but “Always Be My Baby” is one of those songs that everyone can recognize, but not everyone can name. Nevertheless, it’s a true Mariah classic—embodying the pop diva in all her '90s glory—complete with easily caricatured vocal runs, humorously long words like “inevitably” and “indefinitely,” a requisite middle–of–song key change and a chorus that demands a sing–along. It’s also just a great, tried–and–true love song, one that’s worth sharing with that special someone this Valentine’s Day.


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