Whitney Houston is a name synonymous with pure vocal prowess and emotional expressiveness. She may very well be the greatest singer in pop music history. Houston graced us with many timeless hits that continue to resonate to this day. Her tragic passing in 2012 shook the world, but her legacy endures through her music—both inspiring and heart-wrenching. Here is a top 10 list of Whitney Houston’s best songs.
10. When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)
When two of the biggest pop icons join forces, the result is nothing short of magical. This duet with Mariah Carey, penned for the animated film ‘The Prince of Egypt‘, is a powerful song about holding onto faith during challenging times.
9. My Love Is Your Love
This track showcases a more contemporary side to Houston’s music. ‘My Love Is Your Love’ melds reggae influences with Houston’s soulful vocals to create a touching song about indestructible love.
8. All at Once
‘All At Once’ marked Houston’s first major hit in the Netherlands in 1985. Interestingly, it was never released as a single in the United States. This beautiful ballad poignantly captures the pain and sorrow of lost love. The emotional intensity in Houston’s voice on this track is breathtaking.
7. Could I Have This Kiss Forever
In this duet with Enrique Iglesias, Houston’s powerful voice blends perfectly with Iglesias’s tender vocals. The song is a passionate and romantic plea for a moment of love to last forever.
6. How Will I Know
‘How Will I Know’ is a poppy, danceable track that highlights the versatility of Houston’s voice. Her vocal lines are playful and vibrant, yet still carry an emotional depth, making this a timeless pop classic.
5. One Moment in Time
Written for the 1988 Olympic Games, this song serves as a triumphant anthem capturing the hopes and dreams of athletes around the world.
4. Greatest Love of All
‘Greatest Love of All’ is an anthem of self-love and empowerment. Houston’s rendition is so powerful and convincing that it’s nearly impossible not to be moved by the song’s message.
3. I Have Nothing
From ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack, this track is one of the most vocally demanding in Houston’s repertoire. The emotional intensity of the song is perfectly complemented by Houston’s powerful vocals, remaining one of her most impressive vocal performances.
2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
This is the kind of song you put on when you feel like dancing. ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ features an irresistibly catchy melody, supported by Houston’s powerful and energetic vocals. The song has stood the test of time and remains a party favorite worldwide.
1. I Will Always Love You
‘I Will Always Love You’ is undoubtedly Houston’s most famous song. Her rendition of Dolly Parton’s classic is one of the most awe-inspiring vocal performances in pop history. The emotional depth and vocal range she showcases on this track make it a timeless masterpiece.