Whitney Houston‘s songs — much like those of her friend Michael Jackson — created the soundtrack to our lives. If you were in love, they made you want to shout it from the rooftops. And if you’d lost love, they soothed you back to health.
The icon, who died Saturday at the age of 48, left many memorable recordings. Here are Houston’s top 10 songs and how they fared on the Billboard charts:
“Saving All My Love for You”
Like several of her hits, Houston took an already-recorded song and gave it new life. Originally, this track was a duo by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. back in the late ’70s. This song — which dealt with loving a married or taken man — was Houston’s first #1 hit in 1985 and won her a Grammy.
“How Will I Know”
Houston was more than a big-ballad diva. Her honey-coated voice played well in the pop-music arena, and this dance-friendly track served her well. Released in 1985, the song helped Houston cross over onto pop and adult contemporary charts, becoming the singer’s second #1 pop hit.
“Greatest Love of All”
This huge ballad was on Houston’s self-titled first album in 1986 and became her musical calling card. Just about every vocal risk you can make in a record, Houston took here, and fans loved every valley and peak she hit with her range.
In 1987, Houston earned her sixth #1 hit with this upbeat, made-for-the-roller-rink track.
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
Grammy nominated for Song of the Year, Houston’s second #1 single from her Whitney album was released in 1987.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
Another dance hit for Houston, she didn’t tone down her supersized vocals one bit here. The diva earned one of her Grammys for this1987 hit, walking away with the award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
This track was medicine for an ailing heart. In 1988, Houston turned in yet another big ballad that wasn’t at all overreaching. She once again took her made-for-the-choir-rafters voice and layered it over a radio-friendly beat, creating her record-setting seventh-consecutive #1 hit.
“All the Man That I Need”
Another remake, the second #1 single from her 1990 album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, let Houston’s gospel-tinged background shine to create another classic ballad.
“I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Houston stepped out in faith to make a more edgy, street track. The risk served her well: She earned another #1 score with this 1990 single.
“I Will Always Love You”
This 1992 track, a remake of a Dolly Parton song, was from the soundtrack to her wildly successful film “The Bodyguard,” her acting debut in which she co-starred with Kevin Costner. The tune became one of the biggest pop-music singles of all time, selling more than 12 million units worldwide.
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