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3 December 2017, 12:00
Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century, and she scored many hits in the 1980s and 1990s.
To celebrate her brilliant career and the 25th anniversary of her classic movie The Bodyguard and its hugely successful soundtrack, here are 10 of her absolute best songs.
We had to start here, really. The main love song from 1992's The Bodyguard, Whitney made this Dolly Parton ballad her own, after her co-star Kevin Costner suggested it. It spent 14 weeks at number one in the US, 10 weeks in the UK, and sold millions around the world. The ultimate power ballad.
Also taken from the Bodyguard soundtrack, this song is about love and the confusion that occurs due to the different perceptions of women and men when it comes to commitment. The power ballad was another huge success around the world, and has become one of the most performed songs on talent shows over the last decade.
This is one of the ultimate feel good songs ever released, and was the lead single from Whitney's second album. It was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, aka Boy Meets Girl.
George Benson first scored a big hit with this song in 1977, but Whitney later recorded an even more popular cover in 1986 for her debut album. Though producer Clive Davis wasn't too fond of the idea at first, it gave Whitney a number one in the States.
Whitney's third number one in the UK, this song was recorded for the 1988 Olympics in South Korea, and was inspired by Elvis Presley, with writer Albert Hammond imagining it as being sung by Presley at the opening of the games.
Another song written by Boy Meets Girl, this song was taken from Whitney's debut album in 1985, and was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she turned it down. It's still a classic floor-filler.
Chaka Khan first scored a big hit with this anthem in 1978, before Whitney recorded a cover version for the Bodyguard soundtrack. It gave her another top five hit in the UK and US.
This song was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr in 1978, before Whitney turned into a huge hit in 1985. When co-writer Michael Masser heard that it might not be released as a single, he proposed that if all the women get on their feet when Whitney sang it at a club, then Clive Davis would agree that it should be the next single. The rest is history.
Taken from her fourth album of the same name, this song was co-written by Wyclef Jean and gave Whitney another top 5 hit in the UK and US in 1999.
This was the second single from Whitney's second album, and gave fans a clue at just what a vocal powerhouse she was. It topped the US chart and was nominated for a Grammy.