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Top 10 Whitney Houston Songs

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Whitney Houston songs influenced so many of today's female R&B and pop singers. The prototype of a true R&B diva, Houston had the perfect voice and the perfect image. It's still hard to believe that the greatest voice of R&B is no longer with us. In creating this list, we decided not to go with the obvious and tally up all of her No. 1 songs. Instead, we picked a few classic songs and some that weren't her chart-topping hits but still noteworthy. So sit back and listen to PopCrush's list of the Top 10 Whitney Houston songs. Rest in peace, Whitney. We will always love you!


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'Hold Me' (1984)

Feat. Teddy Pendergrass
 
 

Although not an original Whitney Houston song, this duet with Teddy Pendergrass was released as the debut single from her self-titled album. 'Hold Me,' her duet with the late Teddy P, is one of her most cherish love songs. It's a beautiful ballad about two lovers reuniting with a warm embrace. Houston might have been the newcomer, but she clearly outshine the veteran on this classic song.

 
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'I Love the Lord' (1996)

 
 

Before Nippy became a top-selling R&B artist, she started her singing career in the church. Along with her mother, veteran gospel singer Cissy Houston, the church groomed Whitney to be such a powerhouse singer. She return to her roots on the 'Preacher's Wife' soundtrack, which holds the record as the best-selling gospel album of all time (6 million sold). 'I Love the Lord' is a powerful testament to Whitney's strength and faith in God.

 
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8

'We Didn't Know' (1992)

Feat. Stevie Wonder
 
 

Another great duet from Houston -- this time with the great Stevie Wonder on 'We Didn't Know.' The song appeared on the singer's third album 'I'm Your Baby Tonight.' The uptempo track is about two good friends who discover that they have romantic feelings for each other. Surprisingly, the song wasn't a big hit for Whitney Houston and no music video was filmed for the song.

 
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'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)' (1995)

 
 

Not only was Whitney a wonderful R&B singer, she was also a relationship therapist for many of her female fans. Produced by Babyface, 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)' is an inspiring ballad about overcoming heartbreak and pain. This Whitney Houston song is different than the rest of her repertoire, in that she didn't resort to a big vocal display. 'Exhale' was Whitney's 11th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won a 1997 Grammy for Best R&B Song.

 
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'Something in Common' (1993)

 
 

From Bobby Brown's album 'Bobby,' the song was the couple's first duet after getting hitched in 1992. The couple's tumultuous marriage lasted for 15 years before they divorced in 2006. While some people didn't believe their marriage was legit, 'Something in Common' was Bobby and Nippy's way of proving the naysayers wrong. You can feel the love between these two on the song, which was remixed by 'X Factor' judge L.A. Reid.

 
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'I Have Nothing' (1993)

 
 

Another power ballad from 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack that brilliantly showed Whitney's operatic voice. 'I Have Nothing' proves that if you combined great songwriting with great vocals you can produce a song that will last forever. Arguably, this is one of Whitney Houston's best songs next to 'I Will Always Love You.'

 
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'My Love Is Your Love' (1999)

 
 

From her fourth album of the same name, the song features the first vocal appearance of a young Bobbi Kristina (Whitney's daughter with husband Bobby Brown). Produced by fellow New Jerseyan Wyclef Jean, the inspiring track became a global anthem and sold three million copies worldwide. Clap your hands, y'all, it's all right.

 
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'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' (1987)

 
 

Whitney was known for her ballads, but many didn't know she could rock the party. This was the first single from her second album 'Whitney' and became a chart-topping smash all over the world. The song showed the fun side of Nippy and made her into a bonafide pop star. If this tune doesn't make you want to get up and dance, then you need to check your pulse.

 
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'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' (2009)

 
 

Her last, and sadly, final album 'I Look to You,' received lukewarm reviews by most critics. You can tell that her pitch-perfect voice was gone (obviously, ravaged by her past drug use), but there were a few standout tracks on the LP. The ballad 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength,' written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, proved that even in her darkest hour, she is a soul survivor.

 
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'I Will Always Love You' (1992)

 
 

Arguably, this Dolly Parton-penned ballad is the most beloved and most-covered Whitney Houston song in her entire discography. The Grammy-winning tune beautifully showed her vocal range and power. The song connected with America and is a go-to wedding song staple. We will always love you, Whitney.

 

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