In honor of Mariah Carey’s birthday on March 27, SoundMojo has put together this awesome look back at the life and career of the pop diva, who holds some pretty distinctive titles in the world of music.

She’s had 18 number-one hits in the U.S., which is more than any other solo artist and second only to The Beatles overall. In 2011, Rolling Stone wrote that Carey “inspired the entire ‘American Idol’ vocal school, for better or worse, and virtually every other female R&B singer since the Nineties.”

She then joined the “Idol” family for its 12th season, which was a bit of a misstep — viewers were not overly fond of the Mariah-vs.-Nicky-Minaj turn the competition show took.

But other than that, Carey’s career has pretty much been hit after hit. She also has a beautiful family with husband Nick Cannon, having given birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan in April 2011.

Happy birthday, Ms. Mariah!

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."