Published on August 5th 2012 by Leon Shepherd

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all-time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released seven studio albums and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.

Below, you will find my “Top 10 Favorite Songs” by Whitney Houston.


10. “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)

I’m Your Baby Tonight” is the lead single and title track from Whitney Houston’s third studio album of the same name. The song was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, and was Houston’s eighth number one hit on the pop charts.

Click on link to hear song.

9. ”How Will I Know” (1985)

“How Will I Know” was originally written for Janet Jackson, who passed on it. The song helped demonstrate Whitney Houston’s cross format appeal becoming a major R&B, dance, and adult contemporary hit as well as pop. This was Houston’s second No. 1 pop hit spending two weeks at the top. Click on link to song.


8. “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (1995)

Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” is featured on the soundtrack for the film Waiting to Exhale. The song was written and produced by Babyface. A mid-tempo R&B ballad, composed in the key of C major, the song’s lyrics speaks about growing up and learning to let go. The song garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom noted Houston’s vocal maturity in the song. It was also Houston’s eleventh (and final) number one single. Click on link to hear song.


7. “The Greatest Love of All” (1966)

“Greatest Love Of All” was originally recorded by George Benson for the soundtrack to the film The Greatest about Muhammad Ali. The song received critical acclaim and became a big hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada and the US, while reaching the top 20 in most countries, including Italy, Sweden and UK. It remains her third biggest US hit, after “I Will Always Love You ” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. To hear song, click on link.


6. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987)

The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Grammy Awards, and in later years received better reviews, being considered a 1980s gem. The single was a commercial success, topping the charts in 13 countries including Australia, Germany and the UK. In the US, it became her fourth consecutive number one single, selling over one million copies. To hear song, click on link.


5. So Emotional (1987)

This song became Whitney Houston’s sixth consecutive No. 1 hit tying her with the Beatles and Bee Gees. She later broke the record. The song would go on and finish as the sixth best selling song of the year and the fourth most played in clubs; it is her sixth biggest hit on the Hot 100 billboard chart. Cilck on link to hear song.


4. “You Give God Love” (1985)

The release of “You Give Good Love” was designed to give Houston a noticeable position within the black music market first. The song topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, but it also made an unexpected crossover pop hit, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song won a Grammy award Favorite Soul/R&B Single. Click on link to hear song.


3. “The Star Spangled Banner” (1991)

Whitney Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV, in 1991. Being the national anthem of the United States, Whitney’s recording became a symbol of fund raising, donations, and American pride. The video of Houston shows her flawlessly performing the national anthem. After September 11, 2001, Houston’s recording of the anthem was re-released and reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Click on link to hear song.


2. “Saving All My Love For You” (1985)

This song was originally recorded by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. This song — which dealt with loving a married or taken man — was Houston’s first #1 hit in 1985 and won her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal performance. Click on link to hear song.


1. “I Will Always Love You” (1992)

I Will Always Love You,” is one of the greatest vocal performances of a female in the history of recorded music. This song from “The Bodyguard” became one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time spending 14 weeks at the top of the chart and selling 12 million copies worldwide. It is also the most successful song of all time by a female. The song was written and originally recorded by country music star Dolly Parton. Houston’s remake not only won her a Grammy for Best Female Vocal, but also for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Click on link to hear song.

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