The next single from Mariah Carey’s upcoming album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel has been announced, and it’s epic. Carey will unleash her cover of Foreigner’s classic 1984 ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is,” one of the most iconic song of the ’80s. Many will write off “I Want to Know What Love Is” as one of the schlockiest songs every written, but it’s secretly brilliant. In fact, Carey should really take it a step further and record an entire album of late ’70s/ early ’80s ballads. She has already covered Journey’s “Open Arms” (on her 1995 album Daydream), so she might as well do her own version of “Don’t Stop Believing” (or “Any Way You Want It” if she’s feeling cheeky). Styx’s “Come Sail Away”? Why not? REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You”? Yes please. “Hold On Loosely” by .38 Special? Absolutely! Since Carey’s voice is so high and versatile to begin with, she can wrap herself around the vocal stylings of Steve Perry and Dennis DeYoung without much fuss. And just for argument’s sake, she might as well add a Rush song in there too (if only because she’s got the same range as Geddy Lee, though can you imagine Carey singing the Ayn Rand-inspired lyrics of “Freewill”?).
Those are all excellent ideas, and though “I Want to Know What Love Is” was an excellent choice, she really should have covered “Hot Blooded” instead. Even better, she should have covered their acoustic version, a bongo-riffic performance if there ever was one. So come on, Mariah — give us a fever of a hundred and three!