A year ago the music industry lost one of its brightest stars. Whitney Houston sang the soundtrack of our lives.
Hits like “Saving All My Love for You” and “You Give Good Love” spoke of the richness of intimacy while, “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I’m Every Woman” showcased a boldness of fiery feminine power.
Remembered as one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Houston was often referred to as simply “the voice”.
Since her album debut in 1985, Houston consistently went on to wow audiences, captivate fans, and change lives note after note.
We celebrate the vocalist, daughter, sister, and loving mother with a countdown of our favorite Whitney Houston videos.
10. How Will I Know
Vibrant walls, a big gray bow in her hair, fluorescent make-up —it’s the best of 1980s culture! The third video from Whitney’s debut album, “How Will I Know” helped introduce the star to mainstream audiences when it became one of the first videos by a black female singer to play in heavy rotation on MTV.
9. I’m Every Woman
Whitney re-recorded this Chaka Khan hit for The Bodyguard soundtrack. The songstress was pregnant with Bobbi Kristina when she shot the video for “I’m Every Woman”. The lively recording features cameos by Chaka Khan, TLC, Valerie Simpson and Whitney’s mother Cissy,
8. The Greatest Love of All
A favorite at 1980’s talent shows, “The Greatest Love of All” shares the timeless theme of self-acceptance. Decked out in black leather and tassels the pop queen then later appears in a beautiful shimmering gown. Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, is also featured in this inspiring video.
7. Star Spangled Banner
Wearing a white tracksuit with red and blue design and a matching headband, Whitney delivered a moving performance of the “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl in 1991. Due to the overwhelming response to the performance, her rendition was released as a video single. I have never heard anyone sing it better, and I doubt I ever will.
6. So Emotional
Whitney on stage rocking out with her band as fans cheer her on! It could only be “So Emotional”. The energy from this video is palpable. Just watching it you become emotional. We know why we love you, Whitney…yes we do! Rest in peace, love.
5. Saving All My Love for You
I miss the days when music videos used to actually tell stories. In this 1985 classic the industry’s “good girl” sings about the desire to be with an unavailable man. A short film set to music, Houston shows the acting chops that would eventually land her roles in The Bodyguard and The Preacher’s Wife. There is truly great imagery in this video. I love the closing shot of Whitney walking away alone; says it all.
4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
In 1987 Whitney declared that she wanted to dance with somebody and the whole wide world answered. The second single from her second album, this iconic video is now synonymous with the star. A huge blond curly wig, the iconic poof skirt, and energetic bursts of color intercut with black and white footage are just a few of the reasons why this video is so awesome.
3. I’m Your Baby Tonight
Written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, I’m Your Baby Tonight is the title track from Houston’s 1990 studio album. The inventive video concept features Houston time traveling to the past to pay tribute to film and music legends Marlene Dietrich, The Supremes and Audrey Hepburn. The point-cradle-rock-point gesture she does as a Supreme was a childhood favorite.
2. Run to You
Whitney is breathtaking in this music video. Simple make-up and gently flowing hair highlight the natural beauty that accompanied the epic voice. Scenes from The Bodyguard mingle with moving visuals of the star. As uncomplicated as this video is, you never tire of looking at it.
1. I Will Always Love You
This song is fondly regarded as a Houston favorite — if not the favorite. The video shot with scenes from The Bodyguard lives up to the integrity of the song. Brilliant visuals of romantic subtleties sweep onto the screen in the form of translucent smoke and radiate light. Whitney’s voice seems to infiltrate every frame creating a bond with what we hear and see on screen. Each movement perfectly placed to compliment this vocal slice of heaven.
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