Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices of our time who ruled the pop and R&B genres throughout the 80's and 90's, was pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon in Beverly Hills, California. She was 48-years-old. Houston had the power to transcend beyond musical genres and break many barriers throughout her career. Whether it was an up-tempo dance track or a romantic ballad, Houston always performed with effortless grace and showcased a voice that made us feel like she was singing just to us.
In honor of her life and talent, we are counting down our 5 favorite Whitney Houston songs. Rest in peace to the woman that taught us to praise ourselves and believe, "I'm Every Woman."
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Chakan Khan’s 1970’s hit quickly became the pop anthem for female empowerment and self-confidence. At the age of 15, Houston sang backup for Khan’s single and in the 1990’s she revived the hit song for the multi-million dollar soundtrack The Bodyguard. Houston may have been the reigning queen of pop, but her lyrics also made us feel like royalty ourselves!
In 1998, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston joined forces for the powerful ballad “When You Believe” off of Houston’s hit album “My Love is Your Love.” The anthem for self-encouragement, which was also featured in The Prince of Egypt soundtrack, became an international hit and won the Academy Award for “Best Original Song.” These divas made us believe that anything is possible as long as you believe. Carey recently reacted to the tragic news of Houston's death, "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston."
Enrique Iglesias and Whitney Houston proved that the power of a kiss could last a lifetime. The late singer from New Jersey was featured singing a couple of lyrics in Spanish for the song off of her album “Whitney: The Greatest Hits.” The album went triple platinum and sold $10 million copies. Without a doubt, their duo was perfection.
Love confessions never sounded this good in the 80's! The hit track "How Will I Know" off of Houston's self-titled debut album was the kind of track we danced to in front of the mirror while singing along with a hairbrush on hand. The debut album included three Billboard number one singles also including, "Saving All My Love For You" and "Greatest Love of All." The global sensation sold 25 million copies worldwide. It's said that Clive Davis, who discovered Houston singing at a club in New York City, dropped $400,000 for the album's production costs.
Whitney Houston was putting cheaters in their place and preaching self-love for the hit song "It's Not Right But It's Okay" off of her album "My Love Is Your Love." The up-tempo track, which proudly proclaimed, "I rather be alone than unhappy," hit Billboard's number one chart for "Hot Dance Music/Club Song." Rumors claimed that the track was inspired by Houston's estranged husband Bobby Brown.