Whitney Houston's Top Five Songs (and Yes, It Was Hard to Pick Only Five)

Grammy-award winning songstress and queen of pop music remembered through a handful of faves

By Sierra Marquina Feb 12, 2012 6:05 AMTags
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Whitney Houston's untimely death shocked and saddened Hollywood's elite at Clive Davis' annual Grammy party Saturday, but her songs will always bring joy to our hearts. 

While Jennifer Hudson, and Glee's Matthew Morrison and Amber Riley are awarding the late legend tributes of their own, E! Online is taking a moment to look back on Whitney's five ultimate classic hits.





1. Super Bowl National Anthem: Whitney's rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner," which she belted out in 1991 in Tampa, came at time of patriotic fervor at the beginning of the Persian Gulf War. The songstress' rendition of America's theme song went on to become the fastest-selling single in her record label's history and raised over $500,000 for the American Red Cross.

2. "I'll Always Love You": No doubt one of Whitney's most recognized hits, the opening lyrics now can now do double duty as a fan's own anthem to the late singer: "If I should stay / I would only be in your way / So I'll go, but I know / I'll think of you every step of the way / And I will always love you." Houston's remake the Dolly Parton's original not only won her a Grammy for Best Female Vocal, but also for Record of the Year and Album of the Year.

3. "It's Not Right but It's Okay": Houston scored her sixth Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocals in 2000 with this empowering song. Houston's jam, which examines a woman confronting her lover about his infidelity, has come to be acknowledged as perhaps the ultimate breakup tune.

4. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody": Off Houston's album Whitney, her first No. 1 album, this upbeat tune landed Houston a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and displayed Whit's ability to rock an upbeat tune.


5. "How Will I Know?": Her first huge single, this MTV fave became one of her top-grossing songs ever, spending two weeks at No. 1 and selling 400,000 copies.

Did we overlook your Whitney fave? Could happen, she made so many great tunes. Let us know in comments section.

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