"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 eight time.