Whitney Houston’s most memorable music
The unexpected news of Whitney Houston’s passing on Saturday sent shockwaves through the world. At just 48, she still had decades of great music ahead of her, and was set for a comeback with a starring role in the remake of the film Sparkle and a new album in the works.
We can only imagine the songs her incredible mezzo-soprano voice will no longer have the opportunity to bring to life, but we can celebrate the fact that she left us with some of the most memorable songs of the 80s and 90s:
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
The fourth single released on her second album, Whitney, in February 1988, was her seventh consecutive number one single on the Billboard charts.
Recorded for the soundtrack to the film she also starred in — Waiting To Exhale — this song hit number one on the charts and helped the soundtrack earn a spot as one of the 100 Best Movie Soundtracks of all time in Entertainment Weekly.
Run To You
The last single to be released from The Bodyguard soundtrack, it was originally written as a breakup song but the film’s director, Mick Jackson, decided it should be a love song so it was rewritten.
My Love Is Your Love
The title track off her 1998 album of the same name was a massive success around the world, making Top Ten lists in nearly twenty four markets internationally. It was her third most successful single, with over three million units sold globally.
Didn’t We Almost Have It All
The second single off her second album, Whitney, it was another number one hit for her despite not releasing a video for the song. It was speculated to be about her relationship at the time with NFL star Randall Cunningham.
I’m Every Woman
This cover of Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit was recorded for The Bodyguard soundtrack, and became an even bigger hit than Khan’s original, for which Houston sang backup.
One Moment In Time
This Emmy Award winning song was recorded for the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, and became an anthem for believing in yourself against all odds.
Saving All My Love For You
The second single off her debut self titled album, this became her first number one hit. Originally recorded by Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo, she won a Grammy and an American Music Award for her performance of the song.
The Greatest Love Of All
Originally recorded by Jane Oliver in 1977 for the Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest, Houston’s version of the song went number one in 1986.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Originally written to be a country tune, this was the first single off her second album and her second biggest hit of all time. It is an 80s classic that remains a staple dance song to this day.
I Will Always Love You
The mammoth success of this song following the release of The Bodyguard, gave Houston her signature song. Originally a Dolly Parton penned country tune released in the 70s, it became Houston’s biggest hit, spending a record 14 weeks at number one on the charts — the longest running number one single from a soundtrack album.