This week, in honor of her birthday (Aug. 9), we've got seven of our favorite Whitney Houston's hits.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) was the first single from Whitney Houston's second studio album, Whitney. The song became her fourth consecutive number one single, won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and sold over 1 million copies.
Written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson, “Greatest Love of All” was covered by Whitney Houston and released from her 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston. The song is her third biggest US hit, peaking at No. 1 in the US, Australia, and Canada.
“Saving All My Love For You” is from Whitney Houston’s debut album, Whitney Houston (1985). The song was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin. The song was originally performed by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr in 1978 for the album Marilyn & Billy David Jr. Whitney’s version topped Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first hit single, and earned Houston a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“So Emotional” is the third single released from Whitney Houston’s second studio album, Whitney (1987). The song peaked at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, making it her sixth consecutive chart-topper and her sixth biggest hit of all-time.
"How Will I Know" was released as the third single from Whitney Houston's debut album, Whitney Houston (1985). The song was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she passed on it. "How Will I Know" became Whitney's second number one hit on Billboard Hot 100.
Written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” is from Whitney Houston’s third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990). The song was an international hit, landing in the Top 10 in dozens of countries including in the U.S. where it became her eighth No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100.
"I Will Always Love You" was written and originally recorded by Dolly Parton in 1973 and released in 1974 from the album Jolene. Whitney Houston recorded the song for the 1992 movie The Bodyguard. Whitney’s version spent 14 weeks at No. 1, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time and the current record-holder for best-selling single by a female artist. After Whitney’s death in 2012, it re-entered the charts again, making it only the second song ever to reach the top three on Billboard Hot 100 during separate runs.