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Top 10 Whitney Houston Songs

The Biggest Hits of Whitney Houston's Career

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Whitney Houston was one of the most successful pop singers of all time. She was the first person to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with seven consecutive singles. All of her top 10 hits reached No. 1. These are her biggest hits.

1. "I Will Always Love You" - 1992

Whitney Houston
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"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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2. "Greatest Love Of All" - 1986

Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All
Courtesy Arista Records

"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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3. "How Will I Know" - 1985

Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
Courtesy Arista Records

"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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4. "All the Man That I Need" - 1990

Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need
Courtesy Arista Records

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

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

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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6. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" - 1988

Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
Courtesy Arista Records

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 a record.

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7. "Didn't We Almost Have It All?" - 1987

Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have It All
Courtesy Arista Records

"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.

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8. "Saving All My Love For You" - 1985

Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love for You
Courtesy Arista Records

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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9. "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - 1990

Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight
Courtesy Arista Records

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.

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10. "So Emotional" - 1987

Whitney Houston - So Emotional
Courtesy Arista Records

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 the record.

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