Favorite Whitney Houston Songs? I'll Tell You Mine

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Of many incredible recordings, here are the ones I'm personally fondest of:


"The Star-Spangled Banner"

No, she didn't write it. And she didn't even sing it live -- it was famously lip-synched. But Whitney put a whole lotta soul and spirit into our national anthem, turning something that's usually dredged out as de rigueur drudgery into a show-stopping piece of history that actually charted! Her version is the only version, as far as I'm concerned.


"Didn't We Almost Have It All?"

Yes, it's bombastic and manipulative and keeps escalating to an American Idol-like crescendo. But Whitney sang the shit out of it, turning a mere pop song into a three-act opera, with bells on. Listen without prejudices from beginning to end and your breath will be taken away.


"I Have Nothing"

Another melodramatic exercise in heavy-duty emoting, done to a T by Whitney's expert vocals and theatrics. As she went from the soft murmurings to the raw outbursts and back, she really could make you believe every syllable.


"How Will I Know?"

Pure candy-colored fluff, this one -- along with "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" -- showed the diva's lighter side as she vamped and scamped and vocally winked at us, while seeming to enjoy herself. It was contagious.


"Love Will Save the Day"

An atypical number for her, this one had a sort of free-wheeling, raggedy edge far from her anthems and poppy numbers. It was a dance-floor sensation. But I also loved "All the Man That I Need," "My Name Is Not Susan," and too many more to mention.


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Amy Wino Speaks!
Amy Wino Speaks!

THEY WANTED ME TO GO TO REHAB...I SAID NO NO NO.

my favorite whitney song.

Brad's Boyfriend
Brad's Boyfriend

Well, for 1985, "How Will I Know" was quite fun to dance to.

But fast forward to 1996 and Junior Vanquez's Anthem Mix for "Step By Step," a fantastic 12-minute reworking of the song from that lame "Preacher's Wife" movie. 

Christinavia
Christinavia

1.All At Once,2.Step by Step (Morans version)3.You Give Good Love3.You Give Good Love4.Love will Save The Day5.My Name is not Susan

and I have to put in "EveryWoman" too because she really sang like every woman full circled spirit@!! xxoxoxooxxo RIP xxoox

Gregorama
Gregorama

A song I haven't seen mentioned anywhere in the Whitney tributes is one of the Christmas tunes she recorded, a total "gospel/hallelujah" version of  "Joy to the World" (not the 3-Dog Night one).  It is the most joyous, rousing and, well, "joyous" Christmas recording I've ever heard, and I put it in heavy rotation on my iPod every December.  It's from the soundtrack of "The Preacher's Wife" and she's backed up by the Georgia Mass Choir.  If you want to put a spring in your step, go listen to it right now...it's on YouTube.  It's really a fantastic arrangement and she's at her finest.

VH1 is showing a 3-hour retrospective of all her videos as I type this.  Her "Run to You" video is especially poignant now.  For most of the video, she's shot in tight, unforgiving closeup, with almost no makeup, looking perfectly stunning.  And for the rest of the video, she's shown running in slow motion through clouds.  It put a lump right in my throat.

Melinda9
Melinda9

My favorite is I Wanna Dance with Somebody. 

Michael Khalsa
Michael Khalsa

Thinking about youSomeone for meGreatest love of allJust the lonely talking againLover for life

Gregorama
Gregorama

Re.  Whitney's "National Anthem".  You were absolutely right the other day when you pointed out that our nation's tune was forever re-written with her version...and now other songstresses pattern their version after hers.  It made me think of the proverbial saying about a great actor, "He could read the phone book and make it interesting".  Who would have EVER thought that a singer, in such a jaded time as the '90's, could actually make a top-20 hit...out of "The Star Spangled Banner"!?  Now THAT is talent.

latenitebump
latenitebump

my favorite whitney numbers!1. love will save the day! 12"  (jellybean benitez. the ex-boyfriend of madonna)2. be your baby tonight! love the video3. queen of the night 4. it´s not right but it´s okay!5. if i told you that. with george michael6. run to you7. exhale8. count on you (cece winans)9. for the love of you10. heartbreak hotel11. why does it hurt do bad12. could i have that kiss enrique iglesias (only because a friend liked the way she said total    siempre!)13. step by step with annie lennox14. i learned from the best.

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

Her first hit "You Give Good Love (or Head)", liked the back up vocal parts and melody and her laid back vocal.  Not a fan of any of her bombastic, treacly, MOR crap and I found her dance numbers to be awful, too, not good basslines or drumming.  I like Bobby Brown's recordings better, actually.

AnonTWO
AnonTWO

I HATED WH's music so much I REFUSED to watch her films ( the BodyGuard, dont like Kevin Costner either, Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher's Wife) but I must admit she had a powerful and moving singing voice with a great range.

Periwinkleblue
Periwinkleblue

I love "I Will Always Love You." She even outdid Dolly Parton by putting a whole different spin on it. Sorry if it's a guilty pleasure to admit that, but the song grabs me.

Davore
Davore

My favorite is "All At Once," which is no one else's favorite, but it brings back a very special time in my life. Miss you, Whitney.

Sinner
Sinner

Thank you for leaving out the horrible "Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love you"!!!!!

Nonplussed
Nonplussed

Exhale always did it for me too. Understated and sophisticated.

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