“Vision of Love” is the lead-off single for Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut album from 1990. The single was released on May 15, 1990, and went on to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
I was 15 years old and finishing up the ninth grade when “Vision of Love” was released. I have to admit that the song didn’t grab me the first time I heard it, but as I started hearing it more on the radio and seeing the video on MTV, I came to quickly appreciate it. Mariah’s vocal style was different from what was being heard on other pop songs at the time. While the music was pop friendly, it also didn’t sound like a lot of the other pop being released at the time. But “Vision of Love” was able to stand out in a good way and ultimately paved the way for the success that Mariah would continue to have during her career. I still appreciate and enjoy “Vision of Love” just as much now as I did 25 years ago.
The music video is actually simplistic, which would be expected for an unproven artist. However, the director found a way to use the lighting and camera angles in such a way where the video doesn’t look as simplistic as it really is. There may not be any special effects or any unusual camera work, but the video is still interesting enough to keep the viewer’s interest.