My favourite Whitney Houston songs … because I can. I know these links will rot and in a year or so, that the videos will have been moved, removed or become otherwise unwatchable. But that does not matter for now – and that is all that matters for now. These are not in any particular order, though the first is the one I like best:
“I Love the Lord” (1997) – this never charted, but it is my number one favourite Whitney song of all time.
“Run To You” (1993) – now that she is dead this becomes an extremely sad song, but for that reason all the more powerful. A woman so beautiful who sang such beautiful love songs and yet had such an unhappy marriage. This went to #31 on the American R&B charts, #15 in Britain.
Queen of the Night (1993) – this version sounds like some cast-off En Vogue song. I liked the way it was in the film “The Bodyguard” (1992). Or I think I do: sometimes my memory remixes songs and makes them sound way better than they were. This went to #15 in Britain but did not chart in America.
“My Love is Your Love” (1999) – when I heard this song, I thought she was going to make a comeback. Instead it was her last top ten hit. This went to #2 on the American R&B charts and in Britain.
“How Will I Know?” (1985) – Although my sister had told me about her six months before, this was the song that firmly planted Whitney Houston in my brain. I know I first saw this on a black-and-white television because I remember being surprised at how colourful it was later on. I bought her first album on the strength of this song. This went to #1 on the American R&B charts, #5 in Britain.
“Hold Me” (1984) – a duet with Teddy Pendergrass. This was her first song ever to make the R&B charts, but because they did not play it to death like many of her other songs, it reminds me of her first album, where almost every song was good. I still think it was her best album ever. This went to #5 on the American R&B charts, #44 in Britain.