February 17th, 2012
Whitney Houston will be remembered and saluted, in private funeral services in New Jersey on Saturday (Feb. 18).
She may be gone, but her music lives on forever — receiving posthumous sales boost akin to the Michael Jackson passing. In death, she has new life on the sales charts, online downloads and, yes, airplay on radio.
Assuredly, she is one of the best-selling singers with a legendary roster of hit music.
So what are your favorite Whitney Houston songs?
These are mine:
1 – “I Will Always Love You” (1992). Her signature song, featured in “The Bodyguard,” her biggest film starring Kevin Costner.
2 – “Greatest Love of All” (1986). A cover of the original George Benson chartbuster, but nonetheless an iconic tune for Houston.
3 — “One Moment in Time” (1988). This surely is a punctuation mark in her career — a tune recorded for the 1988 Olympics, celebrating special moments in time. The lyrics — and her performance —bring on chicken-skin chills. Sample lyrics:
I want one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel
I will feel eternity...
4 — “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987). This one earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
5 — “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” (1988). A rockaballad for heartaches and heartbreaks — and a healer at that.
6 — “How Will I Know” (1985). A solid R&B number with broad appeal — in dance, pop, adult contemporary genres.
7 — “All the Man That I Need” (1990). Another cover (by Linda Clifford and Sister Sledge) that ultimately got the Houston hypnosis — with a surging gospel flavor before a grand finish, as demonstrated by the YouTube live performance.
8 — “So Emotional” (1987). This was Houston’s sixth consecutive No. 1 winner, composed by the duo who were responsible for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”
9 — “Saving All My Love for You” (1985). This was her first Grammy win (Best Female Pop Vocal), despite being a cover of an earlier minor hit sung by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. of the Fifth Dimension.
10 — “Didn’t We Almost Have It All?” (1987)". It didn’t win, but was a nominee for Song of the Year in 1988.
Have any titles to add to the list?
And for a compilation of different strokes of Houston’s No. 1 biggie, “I Will Always Love You,” Google “vulture.com glee vs. YouTube” — and see some stunning renderings, by a Taiwanese boy, a young girl, Meredes from “Glee,” a saxophonist and, er, a bizarre but entertaining upbeat render by a woman from the Balkans.
They will always love her...