Mariah Carey sings five octaves in just over a minute: Listen here!


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It’s no secret that Mariah Carey has range, but that’s just become even more apparent: A clever video has surfaced on YouTube that splices together Mimi singing through what the video claims are five octaves, two notes, and two semitones.

“That’s over 65 keys!!!!” the video says at the end. You knew she could do it, but actually hearing her go from low to high in a cascade — with each note flashing on the screen as it happens, each about one second apart — is pretty stunning.

Through the video, you can identify a variety of Mariah’s songs in the background — everything from her soaring rendition of “O Holy Night” to “Forever” — although a huge portion of it is pulled from her two notable Christmas albums. (Go figure.)

If you don’t already appreciate the range Mariah has, you will after the jump:

See? Pretty divine stuff, eh?

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  • Catherine

    Yeah but she’s still annoying.

    • Wendy

      You’re annoying.

    • Elle Woods

      My dog went bananas during the last 15 seconds of that clip.

    • jay

      I wonder how her kids My pretty pony, and Unicorn are doing.

      • Delon

        F-off !!!

  • Kalie

    I’ve always appreciated her incredible range. She’s one of the few pop singers right now who can actually sing like that.

    • fancypants

      I agree. PLUS Mariah writes or co-writes about 90% of her material. She’s a good songwriter and has a knack for creating beautiful melodies.

      • gato

        AMEN! She never gets credit for that either! Rhianna, Katy Scary, Britney, etc CANT EVEN SING let alone write a song or a melody, it is crazy!

    • Cliff

      actually she writes all her material !

      • Alex

        Ha! She absolutely does not. Have you ever looked at any album credits? Just look through Wikipedia…

      • Cliff

        i have, the only songs she hasn’t written were the remakes !!!

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • Peter

      I love that EW has added this little “Find the LOL Post” game to all of their threads.

      • LOL

        that is really funny

    • John T.

      Then we must really love you!

  • Zaza

    lol loved this!

  • Sara

    Really amazing!
    Haters gonna hate.

  • Amanda

    my dog is going nuts

  • Carry me higher Mimi

    Her range is off the scale! The greatest singer in the world.

    • Peter

      If that were true, she wouldn’t be a very good singer. Her range is very much on the scale.

      • Carry me higher Mimi

        You be quiet.

      • maggie25

        Peter, your comment doesn’t really make sense.

      • Kt

        LOL. I got it, Peter. It was funny and also a valid point. :) I think Maggie needs to think about music-based puns a little more…

  • TSL

    While she might have an amazing range, this clip is horrible!! Splicing together notes from songs (with different volume levels) makes it difficult to appreciate the range.

  • MaC

    LMAO! Very clever video indeed! She sounds amazing! Love me some Mariah and can’t wait for some new music from her!

  • wierdalexj

    Say what you will about Mariah but you can’t deny that the woman can sing! Her range can put to shame so many other artists; it’s not even fair. I like Christina, Adele, and Aretha but even they can’t do what Mariah can do with her pipes.

    • Polly

      You’re high. Aretha is regarded as the greatest female singer of rock/pop/soul. Period. Aretha can express more actual emotion, truth and soul with one note than Mariah can with all her octaves. Such a comparison makes you sound ridiculous.

      • James

        Soul is subjective. Just because she has that title doesn’t mean its true. I hear the emotion and soul in Mariah’s voice.

      • HoneyB

        Love me some Aretha, but she’s not considered the best pop singer. Barbra Streisand holds that distinction for the genre.

    • HoneyB

      Wouldn’t “could” be a better tense than “can” since her voice hasn’t been that amazing in over 10 years? She’s still a decent singer, but she’s not what she was at her peak. And she doesn’t have the soul of the three singers you mention.

      • jennrae

        Exactly! Her range was once amazing…now, not so much.

  • Polly

    Too bad she wastes those octaves on such crappy music.

    • Maverick

      you mean songs like ‘i wish you well’ ‘fly like a bird’ are what you rendered as crappy? lmao FAIL

  • jfms777

    And she sounds great on that duet on Tony Bennett’s #1 “Duets II.” Hope she has a new cd next year.

  • Zaza

    Aretha is no Tina Turner, nor Gladys Knight. Her ego is as big as she is… I take Etta James over Aretha anyday, not to say Aretha doesn’t have some good cuts..

  • Arnel pineda

    Sounds auto-tuned

    • James

      Her vocals from 1990 are autotuned? Are u stupid?

      • Lea

        see it as a compliment from a hater. I mean, Mariah is so incredible, people say it sounds autotuned. lol. Most singers can only reach Mariah’s range when it’s heavily autotuned.

  • tahoegeminii

    Sounds like a rehash trash desperate release to try and over shadow the cupcake incident-that is reix studio micro clips-sounds hideous and is something you would put together for someone who is dead-MeMe’s career is definately dead -it’s hard to sell strip videos when you are a old fat pig-sneaking to down to the cupcake shop and scratching on the window after closing to get 12 super loaded cupcakes and ONE cup of milk-MeMe does nothing for herself-if she is personally showing up to get cake and 1 cup of milk-then she is stuffing it all done her fat face in the elevator for sure!!

    • James

      She’s sold 160 million records and people like you are still talking about her so clearly her career isn’t dead. Not too mention the $225 million net worth she has going for her! :)

      • Dis Biss

        Correction 200milllion and counting, Oh and her networth to date is calculated at $500million … :) Other than that i completely agree with you james :)

      • 1MCLover

        James Thank you for speaking the truth. I never understood why people hate an artist, yet they sit and type in their names tyo listen to their music. SAD, juvenile, and not going to steal her shine. Go MCC. keep doing YOU! Haters never prosper. Spread LOVE

    • Manny

      Please learn how to punctuate.

    • Dis Biss

      You are so bitter, it’s pathetic. Even if she never sells another album, she will always be more loved than your miserable ass. So get over your obsessive hatred towards her because you clearly care enough to google her and know that she had a cupcake binge. In conclusion, mariah is loved and you just lose dignity and worth with every word you say.

    • Maverick

      too bad your favorite can’t even do half of these notes FAIL

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