12 of the Best Whitney Houston Songs to Learn and Play

12 of the Best Whitney Houston Songs

The late Whitney Houston was a legendary artist who left an indelible mark on the music industry, with her unparalleled vocal prowess, emotive delivery, and versatility making her an icon across genres. As one of the best-selling artists of all time, she shattered records and earned numerous accolades. Through her artistry, Houston connected with audiences globally, leaving a lasting impact on music and becoming a symbol of grace, talent, and resilience. On what would be her 60th birthday, we've put together a list of 12 essential Whitney Houston songs to learn and play.

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Whitney Houston

Timeless dance-pop classic "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" was released as the lead single from Whitney Houston's second album, Whitney, and the song became an instant hit with its infectious hooks, powerful vocals, and vibrant production. The song woould top the charts in 18 countries including the US and won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards.

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I Have Nothing, Whitney Houston

Released as the third single from The Bodyguard soundtrack in February 1993, "I Have Nothing" opens with a captivating piano intro that sets the tone for this breathtaking ballad. The song showcases Houston's incomparable vocal range and emotive delivery, making it one of her most iconic performances.

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One Moment in Time, Whitney Houston

"One Moment in Time," released in 1988, is a triumphant anthem celebrating the pursuit of greatness. Houston's mesmerizing vocals soar alongside grand orchestration, delivering a powerful message of determination and achievement. The uplifting and inspirational nature of the song made it a perfect fit as the theme song for the 1988 Summer Olympics, held in Seoul, South Korea.

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I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston

Originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston's soul-ballad arrangement of "I Will Always Love You" (from The Bodyguard) would become the best-selling single of all time by a female solo artist, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. Arguably the ultimate anthem of love and longing, Houston traverses tender vulnerability and soaring power in an incredibly emotive vocal performance.

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How Will I Know, Whitney Houston

"How Will I Know" was released in 1985 as the third-single from Whitney Houston's eponymous debut album. With effervescent production and Houston's signature powerhouse vocals, the song exudes youthful energy and optimism. Its catchy hooks and danceable rhythm make it an enduring classic.

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When You Believe, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

Written for the 1998 animated movie The Prince of Egypt, "When You Believe" sees Whitney Houston team up with another iconic female vocalist in the shape of Mariah Carey. The song's inspirational lyrics and the divas' unmatched vocal prowess create a timeless anthem of faith and resilience.

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Saving All My Love for You, Whitney Houston

The second single from her eponymous debut album, "Saving All My Love" represented a commercial breakthrough for Whitney Houston, becoming her first song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as topping the charts in three other countries. With poignant storytelling, Houston brings to life the tale of forbidden love in a soulful and tender ballad that showcases her unmatched vocal depth.

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My Love Is Your Love, Whitney Houston

Co-written by Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, "My Love Is Your Love" is the fourth single from Whitney Houston's 1998 album of the same name and it embodies a message of enduring love and support. Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is the voice behind "sing mommy!" in the opening verse of the song, and she also appears in the music video.

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The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston

"The Greatest Love of All" was written and recorded to be the main theme of the 1977 film The Greatest, a biopic of the boxer Muhammad Ali, performed by George Benson in the opening credits. Eight years later, Whitney Houston recorded a version of the empowering anthem for her 1985 debut album. Her soul-stirring vocal performance took the song to new heights, and it remains her third biggest US hit, after "I Will Always Love You" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody."

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Run to You, Whitney Houston

"Run to You" was released in 1993 as the fourth single from The Bodyguard soundtrack and was nominated alongside "I Have Nothing" for a 1993 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song's lush production, coupled with Houston's captivating vocal performance make it a classic in the realm of romantic ballads.

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I Believe in You and Me, Whitney Houston

Originally recorded and released by the Four Tops in 1982, Whitney Houston recorded a cover of "I Believe in You and Me" for her 1996 film The Preacher's Wife and released it as a single. Her emotive performance and gospel influences combine to create one of her best-loved ballads.

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I Look to You, Whitney Houston

"I Look to You," from Whitney Houston's seventh and final album of the same name, is a poignant ballad symbolizing her resilience. The song's soulful delivery captures Houston's journey through life's trials, showcasing her unwavering spirit, and stands as a touching testament to her enduring legacy.

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