they've ended up exactly as they're listed above
I chose the lead single off of each of her first five albums. They're listed chronologically, so if you liked the top four you may enjoy early Mariah. I certainly do. I listen to her first three albums frequently. Her next two albums I listen to quite a bit as well. After that the albums are hit and miss for me with a few good tracks here and there.
2. Vision of Love
When I was trying to decide what artist to suggest to Emelee, Mariah wasn't actually my first choice but I was worried no one would want to play along if I went with someone more obscure like Steve Grand, Troye Sivan, Years and Years, CNCO or Thomston, who are artists I love and listen to a lot. Maybe next time . . .