Whitney Houston was among the greatest singers of the 1980s and 1990s. Her death at age 48 shocked her family, fans and the music industry. Houston was found underwater in a hotel bathtub on the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Her music videos featuring her 1980s style and innocent, fun-loving image made her wildly popular around the world. In the 1992 movie The Bodyguard, co-starring Costner, Houston played a character not far removed from her real self: an international singing sensation coping with fame.
Her popularity grew exponentially with her second album, "Whitney" (1987), with all four singles - "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - hitting No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In honor of Whitney Houston, who died at the very young age of 48, let's start compiling our memories of the top 10 songs of the incredibly talented singer and actress.
10. "How Will I Know" was written in 1985. It was intended to show Houston's ability to appeal to a variety of different audiences, including R&B, dance, pop, and adult contemporary. This song spent two weeks at the top of the charts and was Houston's second hit to make it to number one. Her upbeat, colorful video shows Houston singing, dancing, and enjoying her newly found feelings of love.
9. "Saving All My Love For You" was Houston's sixth consecutive hit to land number one on the charts. It is known to be the best romantic song to ever be performed by a female artist. Her smooth voice blends with the jazzy background to create a romantic and powerful story of love.
8. "Greatest Love Of All" was featured on Houston's first album. This incredibly powerful song is considered her most inspirational hit. This track also spent three weeks at number one on the top of the charts. Her music video shows the beauty in her view of self-empowerment. The beautiful singer rises to the top as she appreciates herself, her world, and most of all children.
7. Houston's song "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," also went to the top of the charts. During this time, her album Whitney became the very first female artist's album to hit number one. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" landed Houston a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. This incredibly fun music video shows the singer dancing and enjoying her search for the perfect man.
6. Her second single and second number one hit from her self-titled album was "Didn't We Almost Have It All?" At the 1988 Grammys, her song was nominated for Song of the Year. Her music video is different than her others, as it is her performing live in Saratoga Springs, New York.
5. "So Emotional" is another one of Houston's successful inspirational and upbeat songs. It was yet another one of her singles to reach number one on the Billboard Top 100. This single went number once despite competition from the Beatles at the time. Her music video is another video of her performing on stage for a large audience.
4. Houston's seventh number one Billboard hit was her single titled, "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" is another one of Houston's successful inspirational and upbeat songs. It was yet another one of her singles to reach number one on the Billboard Top 100. This single went number once despite competition from the Beatles at the time. Her music video is another video of her performing on stage for a large audience.
3. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was Houston's attempt to add a more urban R&B twist to her songs. The single once again brought the singer to the top of the charts. Her sensual video showed her belief of the power of being a woman and the excitement of falling in love.
2. 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.
1. "I Will Always Love You" was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the biggest singles, as it stayed on the top of the charts for over 14 weeks. The single was from the soundtrack to Whitney's acting debut in The Bodyguard, and sold 12 million copies. The music video combines scenes of Houston singing solo and acting in The Bodyguard.
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