18th Anniversary of Mariah Carey’s ‘Glitter’ soundtrack

On this day in 2001, Mariah Carey released ‘Glitter’.

As the soundtrack for a movie set in the ’80s, the album was heavily retro-inspired and also sampled a number of ’80s hits.


‘Glitter’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack chart in the US, and has sold over 3 million copies worldwide. It also peaked at #1 in Japan.

The lead single, ‘Loverboy’, was the best-selling single of 2001 in the US.


The ballad ‘Lead The Way’, which was written during the ‘Butterfly’ sessions, notably marks Mariah’s last known collaboration with longtime songwriting partner, Walter Afanasieff.


A social media campaign called #JusticeForGlitter took off in November last year, and the ‘Glitter’ album soared to the top of the iTunes charts in a number of countries, including the US.

The unforeseen success of the album over a decade later prompted Mariah to include a Glitter medley as part of her Caution World Tour.

It’s been so great to see such an underrated classic finally receive the recognition it deserves!

One comment

  1. “Mariah Carey’s Top 40 biggest singles on the Official Chart”. Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on November 16, 2018. Retrieved November 16, 2018 .


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