American singer and film and television actress Whitney Houston passed away nine years ago. The body of the star was found in the bathroom of a hotel room in Beverly Hills right on the eve of the next Grammy Awards. After a long investigation, it was established that Houston’s death was not violent: the singer drowned in the bathroom after a heart attack provoked by the systematic use of cocaine.
For many fans and music critics, Whitney Houston remains one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century to this day, having received over 400 awards in her career, including seven Grammy awards. On the anniversary of Houston’s death, SPLETNIK.RU decided to recall the singer’s 10 main hits, thanks to which she continues to live – but now exclusively in listeners’ playlists.
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (1987)
It is one of Whitney Houston’s top dance hits and became the lead single on her second album, Whitney. It was written by George Merrill and pop duo Boy Meets Girl lead singer Shannon Rubikam, and produced by Michael Walden. Previously, the same authors have already written a song for Whitney called How Will I Know.
At first, the future hit was ambiguously received by music critics: they praised Houston for the gorgeous vocals, but noted that the song turned out to be painfully similar to the same hit from the same authors of How Will I Know. In any case, Whitney eventually won a Grammy in 1988 for this song.
The song also had a crazy commercial success: it topped the charts for a long time in 13 countries, including Australia, Italy, Germany and the UK. In addition, the single I Wanna Dance with Somebody was the first of all the existing compositions at that time to be awarded platinum status.
We are just pleased to once again hear I Wanna Dance with Somebody at a party and go straight to the dance floor!
I Have Nothing (1993)
This song became one of the soundtracks for the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. Initially, the single about a woman’s unconditional love for a man could only be heard on a special album released for the film’s premiere, but in 1993 it was fully released.
Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard
Many music critics of the late 1990s and early 2000s called I Have Nothing a love ballad with a powerful presentation, and also noted that with this hit Whitney managed to clearly fall into the genre of urban pop.
The single received many honorable nominations, including Academy Awards and Grammy Awards. One of them was victorious: in 1994, the track was awarded the BMI Film & Television Award for “Most Sung Song from a Motion Picture”.
I Will Always Love You (1992)
We say Whitney Houston – keep I Will Always Love You in mind. This is perhaps one of the most famous singles of the star, which has become popular all over the world. It became the title soundtrack of the aforementioned film “The Bodyguard”: according to rumors, it was Houston’s partner on the set, Kevin Costner, who suggested the singer to record it for the film. Originally, the song belonged to country singer Dolly Parton: she composed it in 1973 and released it a year later.
Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard
However, it was Whitney who was able to breathe new life into this composition, after which the listeners began to associate I Will Always Love You exclusively with her. The soul version of the Houston song about unhappy love after appearing in “The Bodyguard” among the people turned into a dramatic anthem of an abandoned woman. After the release of the hit, a huge number of stars tried to cover him, but none of them succeeded in performing the song more sensually than Whitney.
Whitney has won numerous awards for this hit of all time, including a Grammy for Best Recording of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. The clip turned out to be no less heartbreaking than the composition itself: it was created from romantic shots from the film “The Bodyguard”. We watch, remember and prepare handkerchiefs!
Saving All My Love for You (1985)
The song was originally performed by Marilyn McCoo in 1978 in a duet with her husband Billy Davis Jr. For them, she was a minor single, but Whitney Houston turned her into a real hit – this happened in 1985.
As a result, it was with this song that Houston topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as well as the UK Singles Chart. The composition was such a success that a year after the release, Whitney was already on stage and received a Grammy for it.
One Moment in Time (1988)
This sentimental ballad was written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis specifically for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Whitney Houston performed it at the opening ceremony of the games. According to one of the composers, at the time of writing the hit, he was inspired by the image of the legendary Elvis Presley and imagined how he would have performed this song as part of the opening. As a result, this single entered Houston’s second greatest hits collection.
Didn’t We Almost Have It All (1987)
This song was included in Whitney Houston’s second album, which became one of the most successful for the singer. The video was never filmed for the song, but even despite this, Didn’t We Almost Have It All became the fifth song of the star, topping the prestigious American Billboard Hot 100 chart.
With this single, Houston was also nominated for a 1988 Grammy, but in the end this award went to another artist.
How Will I Know (1985)
How Will I Know is one of Whitney Houston’s few dance hits, it came out two years before the beloved I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Interestingly, this song was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she refused it.
Then the single fell into the hands of Whitney, and she, together with producer Narada Michael Walden, remade the words in it. The result of this work was the first places in the music charts around the world. Fans also appreciated the music video for the song, directed by Brian Grant, for Whitney won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video.
My Love Is Your Love (1998)
The lyric single became the title single on Whitney Houston’s self-titled album, which became the fourth in her career. The song briefly topped the UK and US charts, and went platinum and became Houston’s third best-selling single.
The disc itself, although it did not become mega-popular in the United States, was very much liked by European listeners. After the release of the collection My Love Is Your Love, Whitney went on a world tour – in each of the countries then Houston was greeted with special trepidation and warmth.
I’m Every Woman (1993)
The song I’m Every Woman was originally performed by American singer Chucky Han: the song was included in her 1978 debut album. Later, Han released the song as a separate single, and it became her real calling card.
15 years after that, the song I’m Every Woman was covered by Whitney Houston: she recorded it as another soundtrack for the film “The Bodyguard”. Very quickly, the song became the singer’s second biggest hit after the cult I Will Always Love You from the same film. In the United States, this single by Whitney has sold over a million copies.
The Greatest Love of All (1986)
This song was recorded by American guitarist and vocalist George Benson as the soundtrack to the 1977 biopic “The Greatest” about the life of world boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
Almost 10 years later, Whitney Houston covered this single, after which it was included in her debut album, Whitney Houston. At first, the star’s producer Clive Davis didn’t really like the idea of giving this song a new life, but he decided to give it a shot anyway. This decision fully justified itself: the composition quickly topped the American Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also became the first in the Australian charts.
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