Best Whitney Houston songs | ‘Women in Music’ series

The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original

This time, the ‘Women in Music’ series is focusing on arguably the most talented vocalists of all time, Whitney Houston. I listened to all of Whitney Houston’s studio albums in one month, and selected what I thought were her greatest tracks of all time. Join me as I take you through the story behind her music career and listen to some of her very best tracks.

The ‘Women in Music’ series

The ‘Women in Music’ series is an ongoing music-focused series that focuses specifically on sharing the music of iconic women, and female-fronted bands. In each post within the ‘Women in Music’ series, I’ll take you through a woman, or women-led band, from music that I think is iconic in their own right. I’ll share a bit about their background, their journey in the music industry, and also curate a playlist of my favourite tracks of theirs. This time, we’re focusing on one of the most talented vocalists of all time, Whitney Houston. But, if you want to discover more women in music be sure to check out the full series.

The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original
The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original

Whitney Houston | Women in Music

Born in 1963 in Newark, New Jersey, Whitney Elizabeth HoustonΒ was an American singer and actress. One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, Whitney Houston has amassed sales of over 200 million records worldwide. Throughout her 35-year career, Whitney released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums and each of them has been certified as diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold. Her first two albums both reached number one on the Billboard 200 and, to this day, are still among the best-selling albums of all time. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

As well as her amazing music career, Houston also made a name for herself as an actor. Her acting debut was with the romantic thriller filmΒ The Bodyguard (1992) which she not only starred in but also recorded six songs for, including the Grammy Award-winning song I Will Always Love You. The song went on to be the best-selling physical single by a female in music history, and the album was awarded a Grammy for Best Album of the Year.

The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original
The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original

Despite her incredible career and talent, unfortunately, Whitney Houston’s personal struggles overshadowed her career at times. During the late ’90s and early 2000s, Whitney received huge negative media coverage as a result of her marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Her personal life became very public and she was caught in many media scandals relating to her and her husband’s drug use. Following her personal struggles she took a six-year break from recording music, at which point she and Bobby Brown divorced. She returned to music with a bang in 2009 with her album I Look To You which reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart. On 11th February 2012, Whitney Houston sadly passed away at the age of 48. Her cause of death was drowning as well as the effects of heart disease and cocaine use. It was listed as ‘accidental’.

Best Whitney Houston songs | Women in Music, the playlist

Whitney Houston | old favourites & new discoveries

Let’s kick off the favourites then shall we? We’re starting with the ones that everyone knows and loves, as always. So we’ve got Saving All My Love For You from Whitney Houston (1985) and I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), Didn’t We Almost Have It All and So Emotional which are all from her second album, Whitney (1987). Then there’s the absolutely iconic song that is I Will Always Love You from The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack (1992). I do, of course, love Whitney’s version of the song but my favourite version will forever be the Dolly Parton original. It was written by Dolly after all!

My all time favourite Whitney Houston song, however, would have to be Greatest Love of All from her second album. Also I just wanted to take a moment to give a shoutout to One Moment in Time. It’s not on any of her studio albums but it deserves a mention.

The Legend Slot: Whitney Houston - Female Original

A song that I genuinely didn’t know was by Whitney was It’s Not Right But It’s Okay from My Love Is Your Love (1998). In my head that was a Jennifer Lopez song and I have absolutely no clue how I’ve only just discovered that it is, in fact, a Whitney Houston song. Another track that I had no idea that was by Whitney was Million Dollar Bill from I Look To You (2009). There were so many songs that I had no idea Whitney sang. There were also a few songs that I’d completely forgotten existed. The first was Where Do Broken Hearts Go from her second album, Whitney (1987) and the other was You Light Up My Life from Just Whitney (2002). Very happy to have rediscovered both.

As for new discoveries, the first was Run To You which is from The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack, and the second was You Give Good Love, which is the first song on her first album. It was a great track to kick off this month’s listening with and it really set the tone for the rest of my listening.

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Have you listened to much of Whitney Houston’s music before? Which tracks are your favourites of hers? Let me know in the comments. Also, don’t forget to comment below which iconic women in music you want me to feature next in this series.

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42 thoughts on “Best Whitney Houston songs | ‘Women in Music’ series

  1. Such a happy looking woman! The manner of her passing is a sad one, but at least she did what she loved and followed her passions. That shines through in her music and it is through that we can remember her. πŸ™‚

    1. Very true, although her passing was under such sad circumstances her music will always bring so much joy! πŸ™‚

  2. I absolutely love this series! I never really listened to a lot of Whitney’s music either, but this is making me want to really dive into her discography! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

    1. Aw thank you so much! I hope you enjoy learning a bit about her music – let me know your favourites πŸ™‚

  3. While I can more than appreciate her voice, I still can’t really stomach Whitney’s music. She was undoubtedly talented though and as a big fan of her aunt, Dionne Warwick, I really appreciate where she came from. A tragic story, ultimately.. I enjoyed reading what you wrote about her though.

    1. Dionne Warwick is someone who’s music I’m actually not that familiar with at all! I recognise some of her songs but I’ll have to give her a proper listen πŸ™‚

  4. Whitney Houston is a legend! Her music and voice are amazing. It is so sad that she passed away so soon. Love the different songs you’ve picked out to celebrate Whitney Houston. Have a great weekend!

    1. I really enjoyed listening to her music last month! I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Glad you approve of the songs I chose haha πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve shamefully not listened to much Whitney Houston! Obviously I’ve heard all the popular songs but apart from that, I’m at a bit of a loss with her music. So thank you for sharing this post and this playlist!

    1. I was exactly the same before putting together this playlist! But I was also surprised by how many of her songs I knew just not by name. Maybe you’ll know more than you think! πŸ™‚

  6. Absolute goddess, they don’t make them like her these days but she’s a fountain of inspiration hands down.

    xoxo Ana

  7. I grew up on Whitney so I absolutely adore her, and I agree she was an incredible talent. I don’t listen as much as I used to, but I’ll never get tired of her best ballads! Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing, and Million Dollar Bill are my favourites πŸ™‚

    1. The scene that Queen of the Night was in in The Bodyguard really added to the song! I Have Nothing and Million Dollar Bill are some of my favourites too πŸ™‚

    1. So glad you enjoyed reading! Love that her music reminds you of a specific time of your life, it’s incredible how powerful music can be πŸ™‚

  8. Your intro made me so happy because I feel like people look at you like you’re some sort of alien if you say you’ve never really listened to Whitney, which I haven’t either. My mum was a fan when I was a kid so I do have some vague recollection o the vast majority of the songs you’ve mentioned but none of them are that prominent other than the huge hits. I’m not a huge ballads fan either so I’ve never massively connected with her stuff. Maybe it’s time for another listen x

    1. Hahaha for sure! Aside from her big hits I barely knew any of her songs. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to her considering I’m not big on ballads so it could be the same for you! x

    1. I loved watching The Bodyguard! I’d been meaning to watch it for years and finally watched it in October. What better time to watch than when you’re in the middle of Whitney Houston listening marathon haha πŸ™‚

  9. Whitney was certainly a treasure that the world lost far too soon. I learned a lot about her from this post!! I wish I could say I knew more of her music other than her biggest hits, but now I definitely want to make sure I get more acquainted with her sound x

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post! I definitely learned a lot about her and her music from putting it together πŸ™‚

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