On this day in 1995, Mariah Carey released her version of ‘Open Arms’ as the third single from her Diamond-certified ‘Daydream’ album.
‘Open Arms’ was originally released by the rock group Journey in 1982, and Steve Smith who played drums on the original track has personally worked with Mariah, playing drums on her ‘Emotions’ album, released in 1991.
Mariah’s ‘Open Arms’ single release saw its greatest success in the UK where it peaked at #4, selling over 100,000 copies. The song was a Top 10 hit in New Zealand and Ireland, and a Top 30 hit in numerous countries including Australia, Iceland, France and Switzerland.
The music video for the song was taken from a Madison Square Garden live performance which was being filmed for a television special, as was the Spanish version of the song, ‘El Amor Que Soñé’.
‘El Amor Que Soñé’ was recently included on the digital EP ‘Mariah En Español‘ in 2020, and is now available across all online platforms.
The Australian ‘Open Arms’ CD single exclusively included a B-Side called ‘Slipping Away’, which later appeared on North American releases of ‘Always Be My Baby’ the following year, and finally had a global release 25 years later as part of ‘The Rarities‘ compilation.
Mariah has not performed ‘Open Arms’ live since 1996.