Top 20 Best Whitney Houston Songs

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"I Look To You" - 2009

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Whitney Houston and R. Kelly - "I Look To You". Courtesy Arista

This is the title song from Whitney Houston's final studio album. It was written by R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly. He sang the song at her funeral in 2012. "I Look To You" was her highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 in eight years and broke into the top 40 on the R&B, adult contemporary, and dance charts. Whitney Houston sang the song live on Good Morning America.

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"I Believe In You and Me" - 1996

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Whitney Houston - "I Believe In You and Me". Courtesy Arista

The ballad "I Believe In You and Me" was first recorded in 1983 by the Four Tops. They released it as a single and it peaked at #40 on the R&B singles chart. Whitney Houston covered the song for the soundtrack to the film The Preacher's Wife. Her new version peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart and #2 adult contemporary. It earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal. In 2014 Barry Manilow released a studio created duet for his album My Dream Duets.

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"Miracle" - 1991

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Whitney Houston - "Miracle". Courtesy Arista

The duo of L.A. Reid and Babyface wrote and produced Whitney Houston's "Miracle." It was released as the third single from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight. Due to the accompanying music video, the downbeat ballad became associated with regret over abortion. However, the singer stated that was never the intent. "Miracle" became Whitney Houston's 13th top 10 hit.

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"Heartbreak Hotel" featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price - 1998

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Whitney Houston - "Heartbreak Hotel" featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price. Courtesy Arista

"Heartbreak Hotel" was recorded with young, rising R&B vocalists Faith Evans and Kelly Price. The collaboration helped keep Whitney Houston fresh in the mind of young fans. The single was the second released from the album My Love Is Your Love. It reached #2 on the pop singles chart. Remixes helped it top the dance chart. "Heartbreak Hotel" earned Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" - 1995

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Whitney Houston - "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)". Courtesy Arista

Babyface wrote and produced "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" for the soundtrack to the film Waiting To Exhale. Whitney Houston starred in the film, and she was not planning to record any songs for the project, but Babyface convinced her otherwise. This song became her 11th and final #1 pop hit. It earned four Grammy Award nominations including Song of the Year and won Best R&B Song.

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"It's Not Right But It's Okay" - 1999

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Whitney Houston - "It's Not Right But It's Okay". Courtesy Arista

Produced and co-written by Rodney Jerkins, aka Darkchild, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is best remembered for the Thunderpuss dance remix. it turned the lighter R&B song into a pounding, stomping dance anthem. The song was the third single from the album My Love Is Your Love. It reached the top 5 on the pop chart and went to #1 on the dance chart. Whitney Houston won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "It's Not Right But It's Okay."

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"One Moment In Time" - 1988

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Whitney Houston - "One Moment In Time". Courtesy Arista

Albert Hammond and John Bettis wrote "One Moment In Time" as a theme song for the 1988 Summer Olympics. Recorded by Whitney Houston, it became a top 10 pop smash. It also topped the adult contemporary chart. The song is remembered as one of her top inspirational anthems.

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"My Love Is Your Love" - 1999

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Whitney Houston - "My Love Is Your Love". Courtesy Arista

"My Love Is Your Love" is the title song from Whitney Houston's fourth studio album. It was co-written and co-produced by Wyclef Jean with a strong reggae influence. The song peaked at #4 in the US and became one of her biggest international hits reaching #2 in the UK and the top 5 across Europe. Remixes took the song to the top of the dance chart.

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"You Give Good Love" - 1985

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Whitney Houston - "You Give Good Love". Courtesy Arista

"You Give Good Love," the lead single from Whitney Houston's debut album, was originally intended for Roberta Flack, but producer Kashif thought it was a better fit for the new artist. Advice columnist Ann Landers gave the song some notoriety when she listed it as a song with a suggestive title. "You Give Good Love" topped the R&B chart and became Whitney Houston's first top 10 pop hit. It earned Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Female Vocal.

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"I'm Every Woman" - 1993

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Whitney Houston - "I'm Every Woman". Courtesy Arista

"I'm Every Woman" became Chaka Khan's first solo hit single in 1978. It peaked at #21 on the pop chart. It was written by the legendary team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. In 1993, Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman" was released as a single from the soundtrack to the hit film The Bodyguard. It peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart and went all the way to the top of the dance chart. Chaka Khan is mentioned in the recording's fade-out. Whitney Houston's recording of the song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal.

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"So Emotional" - 1987

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Whitney Houston - "So Emotional". Courtesy Arista

This song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, the pair responsible for Madonna's huge hit "Like a Virgin." This song became Whitney Houston's sixth consecutive No. 1 hit tying her with the Beatles and Bee Gees. She later broke her own record. 

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"I'm Your Baby Tonight" - 1990

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Whitney Houston - "I'm Your Baby Tonight". Courtesy Arista

Whitney Houston was given more control over producers and songwriters for her third studio album I'm Your Baby Tonight. She turned more strongly toward urban R&B. The title song was the first single from the project and brought her back to No. 1 on the pop singles chart for the eighth time after two songs that peaked inside the top 10 but failed to reach the top. 

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"Saving All My Love For You" - 1985

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Whitney Houston - "Saving All My Love For You". Courtesy Arista

This song was originally a minor hit for the duo Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. in 1978. It was Whitney Houston's second hit single from her self-titled debut album and became her first No. 1. She won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal for the recording. 

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"Didn't We Almost Have It All" - 1987

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Whitney Houston - "Didn't We Almost Have It All?". Courtesy Arista

"Didn't We Almost Have It All?" was Whitney Houston's second single and second No. 1 from the album Whitney. It was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1988 Grammy Awards. The song is a big emotional production that pulls out all of the stops vocally.

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"Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" - 1988

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Whitney Houston - "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?". Courtesy Arista

Whitney Houston was originally reluctant to record this song feeling it conveyed nothing special. Clive Davis convinced her saying it would be a No. 1 hit. It became Houston's seventh consecutive No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 setting an all time record for most consecutive #1 hits. 

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"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - 1987

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Whitney Houston - "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)". Courtesy Arista

This was the second #1 hit written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam for Whitney Houston. The song hit the top of the chart the same week that Whitney became the first album by a female artist to debut at No. 1 on the album chart. Whitney Houston earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for this recording. 

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"All The Man That I Need" - 1990

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Whitney Houston - "All The Man That I Need". Courtesy Arista

"All the Man That I Need" had been previously recorded by dance artists Linda Clifford and Sister Sledge before Whitney Houston's 1990 version. It was the second No. 1 from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight. Produced by Narada Michael Walden, the song has a very prominent gospel choir in the final chorus. 

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"How Will I Know" - 1985

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Whitney Houston - "How Will I Know". Courtesy Arista

"How Will I Know" was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam who are better known as the duo Boy Meets Girl. They had their own major hit with "Waiting For a Star to Fall." Reportedly, it was originally intended for Janet Jackson. The song helped demonstrate Whitney Houston's cross format appeal becoming a major R&B, dance, and adult contemporary hit as well as pop. This was Houston's second No. 1 pop hit spending two weeks at the top. 

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"Greatest Love Of All" - 1986

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Whitney Houston - "Greatest Love Of All". Courtesy Arista

 "Greatest Love Of All" was originally recorded by George Benson for the soundtrack to the film The Greatest about Muhammad Ali. The song was included on Whitney Houston's self-titled first album. The song spent three weeks at No. 1 on the pop singles chart. It has become identified as one of Whitney Houston's most inspirational hits.

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"I Will Always Love You" - 1992

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Whitney Houston - "I Will Always Love You". Courtesy Arista

"I Will Always Love You" was the lead single from the soundtrack to Whitney Houston's acting debut in The Bodyguard. The song was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton and was a hit on the country chart. Whitney Houston's version hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after only three weeks. It became one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time spending 14 weeks at the top of the chart and selling 12 million copies worldwide. 

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