Whitney Houston discography

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Whitney Houston discography

Houston performing at Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston in 1991.
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 6
EPs 7
Singles 57
Soundtracks 4
Holiday albums 1
Box sets 5

The discography of American singer Whitney Houston (1963–2012) consists of six studio albums, six compilations, a holiday album, four soundtrack albums, five box sets, six extended plays, and 55 singles. Houston's self-titled debut album was released in 1985. It spent fourteen weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified 13× Platinum (Diamond) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over thirteen million copies in the United States.[1] With global sales of 25 million copies, it became the best-selling debut album by a solo artist. The album produced four US top 5 singles including three Billboard Hot 100 number-ones.[2] In May 1987, Houston released her second album, Whitney. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and spawned four US number-one singles; "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", which established an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits by a performer.[3] Whitney was certified 9× Platinum by the RIAA and topped the charts in numerous countries, having sold in excess of 20 million copies worldwide. Houston's third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990), peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and yielded two number-one singles; "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "All the Man That I Need", selling 13 million units. In February 1991, Houston released "The Star Spangled Banner" performance from Super Bowl XXV as a single, becoming the highest-charting rendition of the national anthem on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4]

The Bodyguard soundtrack from her film debut, was released in November 1992. The album contains tracks by other recording artists but is considered a Houston album by Billboard. It topped the Billboard 200 for twenty non-consecutive weeks, one of the longest tenures by an album in the Nielsen SoundScan era.[5] The album was certified 17× Platinum (her third Diamond album) in the United States and sold over 45 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling soundtrack album and one of the top 5 best-selling albums of all time. The lead single from the soundtrack, "I Will Always Love You", topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a then-record-breaking fourteen weeks and was certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA, making her the first and only female artist to reach the level before the digital single era.[6] Like the soundtrack, the single peaked at number one on the charts in nearly every country and sold 12 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.[7] After Houston contributed to three songs including her eleventh number-one single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" on the seven-time-platinum album, Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack (November 1995), she released her second film's accompanying soundtrack, The Preacher's Wife in November 1996. The soundtrack was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA and became the biggest selling gospel album of all time.[8] In 1998, she released her first studio album in eight years, My Love Is Your Love. The album failed to match the commercial status of her previous albums, peaking at number thirteen, her lowest chart position on the Billboard 200 among her studio albums. Houston went on to achieve multi-platinum status with 13 million selling album worldwide, being certified 4× Platinum in the United States. From late 1998 to early 2000, the album generated five singles; "When You Believe" (duet with Mariah Carey), "Heartbreak Hotel", "It's Not Right But It's Okay", "My Love Is Your Love", and "I Learned from the Best".

Houston entered the 2000s with her first greatest hits compilation, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, released in May 2000. The double-disc was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA in 2002 and earned 5× Platinum award posthumously, recognizing 2.6 million in sales throughout the United States. The album hit the top position on the UK Albums Chart and sold over 1.66 million copies in the UK alone. Also, it reached the top ten in many worldwide markets, selling 13 million copies globally. Just Whitney, released in December 2002, became her first album after renewing her contract with Arista for a record $100 million in 2001.[9] The album failed to earn multi-platinum status, receiving only Platinum award in the US, and became her lowest-selling studio album to date. She released a holiday album, One Wish: The Holiday Album in November 2003. In September 2009, Houston returned the top position of the Billboard 200 with I Look to You, becoming her fourth number-one album on the chart; which was her first non-soundtrack number-one in 22 years, since 1987's Whitney. It also topped the album charts of several European countries and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Her albums Whitney Houston, Whitney and The Bodyguard are among the top 100 certified albums according to the RIAA.[10]

According to the RIAA, Houston is top-selling R&B female artist of the 20th century,[11] and the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States, with shipments of 57 million albums.[12] In addition, until the launch of the RIAA's digital certification program in 2004, she had sold 16.5 million physical singles more than any other female solo artist in history.[13] According to the Official UK Charts Company in October 2012, Houston is at number four in the top 10 biggest selling female singles artists of all time list with a sales total of 8.5 million singles.[14][15] Whitney Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170-200 million records sold worldwide.[16][17]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
AUS
[20]
AUT
[21]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
NLD
[25]
SUI
[26]
SWE
[27]
UK
[28]
Whitney Houston 1 1 1 9 1 13 2 5 2 1 2
Whitney
  • Released: June 2, 1987
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 2 1 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1
I'm Your Baby Tonight
  • Released: November 4, 1990
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
3 1 10 2 12 9 3 4 2 3 4
  • WW: 13,000,000
  • AUS: 70,000
  • US: 1,728,000[40]
  • FRA: 445,300[41]
  • UK: 300,000
My Love Is Your Love
  • Released: November 17, 1998
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
13 7 42 1 13 2 2 1 1 7 4
Just Whitney... 9 3 33 85 25 16 70 10 76
  • WW: 3,000,000
  • US: 880,000[40]
  • UK: 42,000[52]
  • FRA: 100,000[41]
I Look to You
  • Released: August 31, 2009
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital
    download
1 1 16 3 1 3 1 1 1 2 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Soundtracks[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
AUS
[20]
AUT
[21]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
NLD
[25]
SUI
[26]
SWE
[27]
UK
[28]
The Bodyguard
  • Released: November 17, 1992
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  • US: 17× Platinum[29]
  • AUS: 5× Platinum[30]
  • AUT: 4× Platinum[31]
  • CAN: Diamond[32]
  • FRA: Diamond[33]
  • GER: 3× Platinum[34]
  • JAP: 2× Million[47]
  • NLD: Platinum[35]
  • SUI: 5× Platinum[42]
  • SWE: Platinum[43]
  • UK: 7× Platinum [37]
Waiting to Exhale
  • Released: November 14, 1995
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 9 14 7 16 20 20
The Preacher's Wife
  • Released: November 27, 1996
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette
3 1 34 8 28 9 17 11 16 35

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
AUS
[58]
AUT
[21]
CAN
[22]
[59]
FRA
[23]
[60]
GER
[24]
NLD
[25]
SUI
[26]
SWE
[27]
UK
[28]
Whitney: The Greatest Hits
  • Released: May 16, 2000
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, cassette
2 3 3 3 4 9 2 2 2 4 1
Love, Whitney
  • Released: November 20, 2001
  • Label: Arista
  • Format: CD
42 167 24 37 12 22
Artist Collection: Whitney
Houston
  • Released: October 4, 2004
  • Label: Sony BMG Europe / Arista
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD
The Ultimate Collection
  • Released: October 29, 2007
  • Label: Sony Music / Arista
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital
    download
3 1 15 52 3 5 10 3
  • World: 3,000,000
  • AUS: 140,000[30]
  • UK: 1,200,000[37]
The Essential Whitney Houston
  • Released: January 10, 2011
  • Label: Sony Music / Arista
  • Formats: CD, digital download
7 26 3 51 20 15 7
I Will Always Love You: The
Best of Whitney Houston
  • Released: November 12, 2012
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, 2CD, digital
    download
14 2 99 61 87 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Holiday albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
US
[18]
US R&B
[19]
AUS
[20]
AUT
[21]
CAN
[22]
FRA
[23]
GER
[24]
NLD
[25]
SUI
[26]
SWE
[27]
UK
[28]
One Wish: The Holiday
Album
  • Released: November 18, 2003
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD
49 14
  • US: Gold
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances

Box sets[edit]

Title Album details Note(s)
Whitney: The Unreleased Mixes
  • Released: April 25, 2000 / June 6, 2006
  • Label: Arista (#07822-14652-1)
  • Formats: 4× vinyl, digital download
  • A limited-edition four 12-inch vinyl box set, containing eight full club versions of selected remixes found on the American release of Whitney: The Greatest Hits.
  • In summer of 2006, it was released digitally, re-titled Dance Vault Mixes: The Unreleased Mixes (Special Collector's Box Set).[63]
Love Whitney
  • Released: December 4, 2001
  • Label: BMG Taiwan / Arista (#74321-91027-
    2)
  • Format: CD
  • Taiwanese limited edition box set for the album Love, Whitney, the 16-track CD plus a 40-page color discography/lyric booklet, packaged in a unique 6" × 5" picture box.
The Collection: Whitney Houston
  • Released: September 29, 2009
  • Label: Sony Legacy / Arista
  • Format: 3× CD
  • Box set including Houston's three studio albums: Whitney Houston, Whitney and My Love Is Your Love.[64]
The Collection
  • Released: April 19, 2010
  • Label: Sony Music / Arista
  • Format: 5× CD
  • UK only 5-CD album set to coincide with her 2010 UK tour, that comprises five of Houston's UK best selling albums including Whitney Houston, Whitney, I'm Your Baby Tonight, The Bodyguard Soundtrack and My Love Is Your Love.
  • Each disc is presented in mini-LP style card picture sleeves, housed in a picture box with a lift-off lid.
  • Later the box set was also released in other European countries and entered the albums charts in the countries in February 2012: Ireland (No. 48),[65] Spain (No. 70),[66] and Sweden (No. 32).[67]
Triple Feature
  • Box set including three original album releases of I'm Your Baby Tonight, My Love Is Your Love and Just Whitney.
  • The box set debuted at #74 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the chart dated March 3, 2012, and the following week reached #13 on the chart.[68][69] Also, it entered the Billboard 200 chart at #73, the issue date of March 10, 2012.[18] On the March 17 issue, reached a new peak of #5 and #21 on both charts, respectively.[18][19]
Two Original Albums: My Love Is Your Love / I Look to You
  • Released: September 16, 2011
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Format: 2× CD
  • Box set including two orinal album releases of My Love Is your Love, and I Look to You.
  • It is the second release of Whitney Houston's albums as part of Sony's "Two Original Albums" series.

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details Note(s)
Whitney Dancin' Special
  • Released: November 1, 1986
  • Label: Arista (CD: #A28D-1 / LP: #20RS-69)
  • Format: CD, LP
  • Japan only 6-track mini-album, that includes "How Will I Know" (Dance Remix), "You Give Good Love" (Extended Version), "Thinking About You" (Extended Dance Version), "Someone for Me" (Remix), "Thinking About You" (Dub Version) and "How Will I Know" (Instrumental Version).[70]
Exhale
  • Released: November 6, 1995
  • Label: Arista
  • Formats: CD, LP
  • A 5 track mini-album, that includes "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", "Dancin' On the Smoothe Edge", "Moment of Truth", "Do You Hear What I Hear", and "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Ever Gonna Be" (Duet With Aretha Franklin). It is also the single release of Exhale (Shoop Shoop).
You Are Loved
  • Released: January 17, 1999
  • Label: Arista (#14540-2)
  • Formats: CD
  • US limited edition 6-track compilation, containing "You Were Loved", "Saving All My Love for You", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Run to You", "All the Man That I Need", and "Why Does It Hurt So Bad", which was available exclusively at Target stores with a big Target logo on the back of the CD.
I Didn't Know My Own Strength:
The Remixes
  • A 5-track digital remix EP, features two versions by Peter Rauhofer and three of Daddy's Groove Magic Island.[71]
The Remixes
  • Includes a total of eight remixes for three songs from the I Look to You album: two remix versions of "Million Dollar Bill", two of "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", and four of "I Look to You".[72]
I Look to You: The Remixes
  • A digital EP containing twelve remix versions of "I Look to You", six of them were mixed by Johnny Vicious, three by Christian Dio and Giuseppe D. each.[73]
Million Dollar Bill: The Remixes

Singles[edit]

1980s[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[75]
US R&B
[76]
US
AC

[77]
US
Dance

[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[81]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"Hold Me"[A]
(with Teddy Pendergrass)
1984 46 5 6 22 44 Love Language
"All at Once"[B] 1985 5 Whitney Houston
"Someone for Me (Remix)"[C]
"Thinking About You"[D] 10 24
"You Give Good Love" 3 1 4 58 7 93
"Saving All My Love for You" 1 1 1 20 12 8 11 18 12 5 1
"How Will I Know" 1 1 1 3 2 28 1 111 26 15 11 2 5
"Greatest Love of All" 1986 1 3 1 1 25 1 70 30 17 20 14 8
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who
Loves Me)
"
1987 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 15 1 1 1 1 1 Whitney
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" 1 2 1 27 2 20 20 18 14
"So Emotional" 1 5 8 1 26 9 21 23 30 5
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" 1988 1 2 1 48 6 47 14
"Love Will Save the Day" 9 5 10 1 77 8 48 37 6 18 10
"One Moment in Time" 5 22 1 49 5 3 8 1 6 4 3 1 1988 Summer
Olympics Album
"I Know Him So Well"[E]
(with Cissy Houston)
46 14 Whitney
"Takin' a Chance"[F] 1989 I'm Your Baby Tonight
(Japanese Edition)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

1990s[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[75]
US R&B
[76]
US
AC
[77]
US
Dance
[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[89]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"I'm Your Baby Tonight" 1990 1 1 7 17 7 3 2 4 5 2 4 4 5 I'm Your Baby Tonight
"All the Man That I Need" 1 1 1 63 21 1 28 37 9 28 13
"The Star Spangled Banner"[G] 1991 20 48 Non-album single
"Miracle" 9 2 4 17 I'm Your Baby Tonight
"My Name Is Not Susan" 20 8 44 43 52 22 31 29
"I Belong to You" 10 79 54
"We Didn't Know"[H]
(with Stevie Wonder)
1992 20
"I Will Always Love You" 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 The Bodyguard Soundtrack
"I'm Every Woman" 1993 4 5 26 1 11 19 2 11 13 3 18 7 4
"I Have Nothing" 4 4 1 28 1 29 39 22 39 3
"Run to You" 31 31 10 72 10 47 58 33 15
"Queen of the Night" 1 88 39 47 64 21 36 14
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" 1995 1 1 5 18 15 1 23 26 7 13 10 11 Waiting to Exhale
"Count on Me"
(with CeCe Winans)
1996 8 7 4 87 28 26 75 30 31 12
"Why Does It Hurt So Bad" 26 22 6 99 45
"I Believe in You and Me" 4 4 2 70 59 98 74 46 16 The Preacher's Wife
"Step by Step" 1997 15 29 12 3 12 6 23 30 8 11 15 15 13
"My Heart Is Calling" 77 35
"When You Believe"
(with Mariah Carey)
1998 15 33 3 13 6 20 5 8 5 2 2 4 My Love Is Your Love
"Heartbreak Hotel"[I]
(with Faith Evans and Kelly Price)
2 1 1 17 12 7 61 35 77 25
"It's Not Right but It's Okay" 1999 4 7 1 88 20 3 21 14 10 18 12 3
"My Love Is Your Love" 4 2 1 27 2 10 10 2 3 2 2 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2000s[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[75]
US R&B
[76]
US
AC
[77]
US
Dance
[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[89]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"I Learned from the Best" 2000 27 13 20 1 44 48 20 28 23 19 My Love Is Your Love
"Could I Have This Kiss Forever"[J]
(with Enrique Iglesias)
52 10 12 8 3 16 5 1 1 2 7 Whitney: The
Greatest Hits
"If I Told You That"
(with George Michael)
37 58 19 33 44 9
"Same Script, Different Cast"[J]
(with Deborah Cox)
70 14 4 38
"Fine"[K] 51 50
"The Star Spangled Banner"[G] (re-issue) 2001 6 30 1 5
"Whatchulookinat" 2002 96 75 1 48 53 3 65 47 29 22 29 13 Just Whitney...
"One of Those Days" 72 29 80 94
"Try It on My Own" 2003 84 80 10 1 24 79
"Love That Man"[L] 1
"One Wish (for Christmas)" 20 One Wish: The Holiday Album
"I Look to You"[M] 2009 70 19 22 35 47 68 41 65 16 33 115 I Look to You
"Million Dollar Bill" 100 16 1 62 58 40 22 5
  • UK: Silver
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

2010s (Posthumous releases)[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[75]
US R&B
[76]
US
AC
[77]
US
Dance
[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[89]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"Celebrate" (with Jordin Sparks) 2012 39 26 21 Sparkle Soundtrack
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow"
"I Look to You"
(with R. Kelly)
90 I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston

Chart re-entries[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Original release year Re-entry year Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[75]
US R&B
[76]
US
AC
[77]
US
Dance
[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[89]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"I Will Always Love You" 1992 2012 3 2 2 8 10 6 2 5 3 56 10
  • US: 2× Platinum
  • JPN: Platinum
The Bodyguard Soundtrack
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 1987 25 25 70 33 31 28 20
  • AUS: Gold
Whitney
"Greatest Love of All" 1986 41 56 70 55 58 Whitney Houston
"How Will I Know" 1985 46 111 100 56
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[75]
US
R&B
[76][90]
US
AC
[77]
US Dance
[78]
AUS
[79]
AUT
[80]
CAN
[81]
FRA
[82]
GER
[83]
NLD
[84]
SUI
[85]
SWE
[86]
UK
[28]
"Stop the Madness"[N]
(among Stop the Madness)
1986 Non-album single
"King Holiday"[O]
(among King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew)
30
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be"
(with Aretha Franklin)
1989 41 5 18 43 40 29 Through the Storm
"Something in Common"
(with Bobby Brown)
1994 26 58 36 41 16 Bobby

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ "Hold Me" was originally released as a single from Teddy Pendergrass' album, Love Language, in the United States and some European countries such as Germany and the UK in 1984,[91][92] but failed to enter the singles charts outside the US at the time. In the following year, the song was included on Houston's debut album and charted in the Netherlands and the UK in early 1986.
  • B ^ While "All at Once" was never released as the official single in the US except as a B-side of "Saving All My Love for You", the song was strategically selected as the lead single from her debut album in Benelux countries and Germany in early 1985, aiming for the adult-oriented market.[36] In Italy, the song was popular after Houston's performance for the song during 1987 Sanremo Music Festival, and then was released as the commercial vinyl single including "Hold Me" in that year.[93] In Japan, it was released as 3-inch snap pack single by BMG Victor on July 26, 1996 and peaked at number 42 at the Japanese Singles Chart in that year.[94][95]
  • C ^ In the UK, "Someone for Me (Remix)" was the first single from the Whitney Houston album, issued as a double A-side single with "Greatest Love of All" before the release of the album, but did not enter the singles chart.[96]
  • D ^ "Thinking About You" was released as a 12-inch vinyl single featured its extended dance version in the US in October 1985, and also issued as a standard 45, but because it was only promoted to R&B radio, not pop radio, it never appeared on the Hot 100.[97][98][99]
  • E ^ "I Know Him So Well" was only released as a single in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain in late 1988.[100]
  • F ^ "Takin' a Chance", used as the theme song of Sanyo TV commercial, was released as a 3-inch CD single including "Love Is a Contact Sport" in Japan only on October 21, 1989. The single peaked at number 88 on the Japaneses Singles chart.[95] The following year the song was also included on the Japanese edition of the I'm Your Baby Tonight album.[101]
  • G ^ "The Star Spangled Banner" was originally released as a commercial single on February 8, 1991 in the US. The single peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart at the time, and was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 11, 1991. After the 911 attacks, the version was re-issued and reached a new peak of number six on the Hot 100 chart. Also, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on October 3, 2001.
  • H ^ "We Didn't Know" was commercially released as a cassette single only in April 1992 and also the promotional CD maxi-single.[102][103]
  • I ^ "Heartbreak Hotel" was released as the second or third single from My Love Is Your Love in Australia, France, North America in 1999, but as the third single from Whitney: The Greatest Hits in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK between December 2000 and January 2001.
  • J ^ Both "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" and "Same Script, Different Cast" reached their peak positions on the Hot 100 with airplay points only. On descending the charts, the latter was commercially released as a 12-inch vinyl maxi-single while the former was not in the US.[104]
  • K ^ "Fine" was released as a promotional single for R&B radio only in the US. In Europe, the song was commercially issued as a CD maxi-single in November 2000 but failed to chart in almost European countries except Sweden.[105][106]
  • L ^ "Love That Man" was released as a commercial 12-inch vinyl maxi-single (double pack) only in the US on May 20, 2003.[107]
  • M ^ In Germany, "I Look to You" was released as a double A-side single with "Million Dollar Bill".[108]
  • N ^ "Stop the Madness" is the anti-drug anthem, produced Michael Stokes and written by Stokes, Tom Reid, Sharon Barnes and Lathan Armour, released as a 12-inch single featured its dance version by MCA Records in early 1986.[109]
  • O ^ "King Holiday" was released as a charity single in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was first celebrated as a national holiday in the United States on January 20, 1986. Houston contributed to the song as a part of all-star group, the King Dream Chorus and Holiday Crew.[110]

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US R&B
[76]
US
AC
[77]
US
Dance
[78]
FRA
[82]
IRL
[111]
KOR
Int.

[112]
UK
[28]
"I Didn't Know My Own Strength" 2009 66 17 38 44 I Look to You
"Worth It" 2010 61 56
"Call You Tonight" 161
"Jesus Loves Me" 2012 67 The Bodyguard Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other recorded songs[edit]

Title Year Note(s)
"Take Me to Your Heart" 1984
  • The song was recorded in 1984 and remained unreleased to the public until 2006 when it was leaked on the internet.
"Moment of Truth" 1987
  • Initially released as a B-side to the "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" single and later re-released on Houston's 1995 maxi-single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".[113] The song was written by Jan Buckingham and David Paul Bryant, and produced by Narada Michael Walden.
"Higher Love" 1990
  • A bonus track on the Japanese edition of the I'm Your Baby Tonight album; Houston's cover of Steve Winwood's 1986 No.1 hit.[114]
"Feels So Good"
  • Released as a B-side to the "I'm Your Baby Tonight" maxi-single, written by Bryan Loren, produced by Narada Michael Walden and mixed by David Frazer.[115]
"Dancin' on the Smooth Edge"
  • The song was released initially as a B-side to Houston's 1990 single for "All the Man That I Need". A slightly extended version of this song was later re-released in 1995 on the US maxi single for "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".[113] The song was written by David Lasley and Robbie Long, and produced by Narada Michael Walden.
"America the Beautiful" 1991
  • This gospel version, inspired by Ray Charles' rendition and produced by Ricky Minor and Houston, is available only on the "Star Spangled Banner" single. Originally released in 1991 after Super Bowl XXV, it was re-released 10 years later as a charity single in response to the Sept 11 terrorists attacks.
"True Voice" 1994
  • The theme song was recorded for AT&T commercial campaign in that year, written by Keith Barnhart, Dwight Batteau Jr., Charles Morrow and Jeffrey Southworth.[116][117]
"Impossible/It's Possible" 1997
"There's Music in You"
"It'll Be Okay" 2007
  • Ray J's non-released track, featured Houston as a guest vocalist.[121]

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album Artist(s) Note(s)
"Life's a Party" 1978 Life's a Party[122] Michael Zager Band
  • Houston's first official recording, and she contributes to the song mainly as a background vocalist, but also as a lead vocalist in certain parts of the song.[122][123]
"Think It Over" Think It Over[124] Cissy Houston
  • Houston participated in the album as a background vocalist on all songs except one track.[124]
"Love Don't Hurt People"
"Somebody Should Have Told Me"
"After You"
"Warning – Danger"
"I Just Want to Be with You"
"Sometimes"
"I Won't Be the One"
"Clouds" 1980 Naughty[125] Chaka Khan
  • A young Whitney Houston sings backing vocals with her mother, Cissy Houston.[125]
"Our Love's in Danger"
"Fire on the Bayou" 1981 Fiyo on the Bayou[126] The Neville Brothers
  • The songs feature Houston on backing vocals.[126]
"Sitting in Limbo"
"Bend Down Low" Mellow[127] Herbie Mann
  • Cissy and Whitney Houston contributes their background vocals to the song, Mann's cover version of Bob Marley's classic, in which Mann, mainly played various musical instruments, actually sings the lead vocal.
"All in the Name of Love" Special Delivery[128] Alvin Fields
  • The songs feature Houston singing backup along with Cissy.[128]
"Share My Dream"
"Hammer and Nails" 1982 Experiment in White Janis Siegel
  • Houston joins in the chorus of the song along with her mother Cissy.
"Memories" One Down[127] Material
  • Houston's first full-lead-vocal recording.[127]
"Eternal Love" 1983 Paul Jabara and Friends[129] Paul Jabara
  • Houston contributes to the song as lead vocalist.[129]
"Take Good Care of My Heart" 1984 Dynamite[130] Jermaine Jackson
"Sweetest Sweetest"
  • Houston sings the backing vocals.[130]
"Are You the Woman" Send Me Your Love Kashif
  • Houston contributes background vocals to the song.
"Shock Me" 1985 Perfect Soundtrack[132] Various Artists
  • A duet with Jermaine Jackson, and also released as a B-side to Houston's 1987 single "Didn't We Almost Have It All".[132][133]
  • In the film, starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis, Curtis played an aerobics instructor who had her class exercise to the song, which had an appropriately pounding beat.
"If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful" 1986 Precious Moments[134] Jermaine Jackson
  • A duet with Jermaine Jackson.[134] The duet also appears on the album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits.
"Fifty Ways (To Fall in Love)" 1987 Love Changes[135] Kashif
  • Houston sings backing vocals on the song.[135]
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" A Very Special Christmas[136] Various Artists
  • Houston contributes the gospel-tinged Christmas song, produced by Jimmy Iovine, on the album whose proceeds benefited Special Olympics Inc. The song is also included on her 1995 maxi-single, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".[113]
N/A La La[137] La La
  • Houston is given the album credits for her contribution as one of the backup singers, however the credits do not say what song(s) feature(s) her on background vocals.[137]
"Celebrate New Life" 1988 Heaven[138] BeBe & CeCe Winans
  • Houston contributes her backing ("Celebrate") and co-leading vocals ("Hold Up").[139]
"Hold Up the Light"
"Better Place" 1991 Different Lifestyles[140]
  • Houston performs background on both songs.[141]
"The Blood"
"Good Enough" 1992 Bobby[142] Bobby Brown
  • Houston participated in the song as a background singer.
"Light of Love" 1993 Angie & Debbie[143] Angie & Debbie Winans
  • The song features Houston on background vocals.[144]
"Love Will Find a Way" Friends Can Be Lovers[145] Dionne Warwick
  • A duet with Dionne Warwick.[145]
"One Moment in Time" (Live) 1994 Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume II[146] Various Artists
"Look into Your Heart" A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield[148]
"Intro" 1997 Forever[150] Bobby Brown
  • The album begins with a 52-second intro featuring Houston singing a snippet of "Nobody Does It Better", originally recorded by Carly Simon in 1977, ending it with "Bobby, you're the best."[150]
"Believe in Love" 1998 Down in the Delta Soundtrack[151] Various Artists
  • Houston sings the bridge of the song, performed by female R&B quintet Sunday.[151]
"Ain't No Way" (Live) 1999 VH1 Divas Live '99[152]
  • Live performances, recorded from New York's Beacon Theatre on April 13, 1999.
  • Mary J. Blige features on Houston's rendition of "Ain't No Way", and Chaka Khan, along with Houston, sings "I'm Every Woman", the final song of the show, being joined by Blige, Brandy, Faith Hill, and LeAnn Rimes at the end of the performance.[152]
"I Will Always Love You" (Live)
"I'm Every Woman" (Live)
"Whitney Houston Dub Plate" 2000 The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book[153] Wyclef Jean
  • In combination with Wyclef, Houston performs an a cappella version of "My Love Is Your Love", changing some of the original lyrics.
"Family First" 2007 Daddy's Little Girls Soundtrack[154] Various Artists
  • On the soundtrack, Houston delivers the song, a collaboration with her mother Cissy Houston, cousin Dionne Warwick and the family.[154]

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