We came up with a whole bunch of grooves
Written by Mariah Carey, David Cole & Robert Clivillés
Produced by Mariah Carey, Robert Clivillés & David Cole
4:09 Album Version
5:51 12” Club Mix
5:11 12” Club Instrumental
5:46 C+C Dub-Dub Mix
4:00 MTV Unplugged Live Version
ABOUT THE SONG
“David [Cole] was great to work with. We really had a special thing together. It was very sad that he passed away. He was such a great fun person. I have a lot of fun memories of recording that.”
Blues & Soul (UK) Issue: October 24, 1995 “Daydream Believer” by Jeff Lorez
“[David] Cole credits CBS Records Group president Tommy Mottola for suggesting the collaboration with Mariah. “Working with Mariah was, first of all, fun,” he exclaimed. “Robert and I bounced off ideas. We came up with a whole bunch of grooves. If this worked, cool, this doesn’t work, next. And that’s how we did the whole project. We would all come together and decide on what worked and what didn’t.”
“What was funny was both Robert and Mariah came up with the ‘Emotions’ groove separately. She had an idea for it and so did Robert. They both mentioned doing something similar to the (group) Emotions. I mean, the Emotions were an inspiration for the song ‘Emotions,’ there’s no way to deny that or get around it. It definitely has the feeling from the Emotions, but we’re not dumb enough to go and steal the damn record.”
According to Cole, it was Mariah who came up with the song’s title. “We thought maybe that’s a bit much. And we all decided, ‘No, why not?’ There’s nothing wrong with calling it ‘Emotions’ … it’s a great name for a song.”
The first song Cole and Clivillés worked on with Carey was “You’re So Cold,” which was being considered for the album’s first single until they came up with ‘Emotions.’
Cole talked about Mariah’s octave range, “The high stuff? Oh, that’s what she’s known for. We had to include it, but as we started working, we decided we didn’t want to use it as much as we could have. We didn’t want to to become a gimmick instead of the fact that she could sing. But it’s amazing. Listen to very end of the song; she’s hitting this very low note, and you compare that to the high notes that she hits. She’s got an incredible range.”
2003 Fred Bronson “The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits” Page 796
“This collaboration with Cole and Clivellés started my professional love affair with the late great David Cole. They made a great team but David and I had a really special musical connection. We worked on so many records that I still love to this day. I really miss him and am so grateful for our friendship and our collaborations. R.I.P.”
#1 to Infinity liner notes, 2015
AF: Does it hurt to hit the whistle register?
MC: When it’s at its best, it doesn’t hurt. There’s two different placements of that part of my voice. There’s the “Vision of Love” kind of whistle voice and then there’s “Emotions,” with those high parts at the end. I remember [producer] David Cole, who passed away. He was one of the only people I used to have in the studio when I would sing because I respected him as a singer. He would push me in different areas where he could actually sing it to me and I would be like, “Oh, this is cool. I like that.” If you listen to the song “Emotions,” that was him going, “You can do that. Try this.” Half the time, I would lose my voice afterwards because he would just push me.
Pitchfork “Forever Mariah: An Interview With an Icon” by Alex Frank, November 28, 2018
1991 Released on the Emotions album.
1992 Live versions included on the MTV Unplugged album.
1998 Included on the #1s compilation album.
2001 Included on the Greatest Hits compilation album.
2010 Included on the Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey compilation.
015 Included on the #1 to Infinity compilation album.