Now we are getting to “our” Whitney. We have already gone through her Later Years, Soundtrack Years, and Late ’80s/Early ’90s Years. Now we will take a listen to some songs from the classic 1987 album Whitney.
Whitney was Whitney Houston’s second studio album. She set all kinds of records with this album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks (25 weeks) at number one on the albums chart by a female artist during 1980s. Its first four singles—”I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”, “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”, “So Emotional” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”—all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. Along with three straight number one singles from the debut album, they established an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits by a performer, surpassing the Beatles and the Bee Gees.
Here are some great songs from the album. The first two were not released as singles, but I still love them:
“I Know Him So Well” (duet with Cissy Houston)
“You’re Still My Man”
“Love Will Save the Day”
This song was the fifth single released from the album. It ended the #1 streak. However, it still made the top 10, peaking at #9 on the charts.
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
Wherever they go, that’s where they are right now, Whitney. We miss you!
This is still one of my favorite Whitney songs.
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
This was the first single from the album, and was one of her signature songs.
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