Whitney Houston singles poll

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Only one vote on this is pretty brutal. Initial inclination is to lean towards either "Saving All My Love" or "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

the one i posted without thinking on fb when i learned of her death was "my love is your love". i spent all day yesterday relistening to most of her discography while writing about her though and...i might go for..."i have nothing", which i didn't expect

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm a little stumped on whether to add to the inevitable deluge of "I Wanna Dance" votes or throw some support to "It's Not Right But It's Okay"

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

You Give Good Love
Saving All My Love For You
How Will I Know
Greatest Love of All
I'm Your Baby Tonight
My Name Is Not Susan
I'm Every Woman
I Have Nothing
Run To You
It's Not Right But It's Okay
My Love Is Your Love
I Learned From The Best

the winner should be one of these

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

"how will i know" is kind of like if "i wanna dance..." was a zillion times better imo

"it's not right..." is certainly in my top 5 and will doubtless have a good deal of support of its own

first period don't give a fuck, second period gon get cut (lex pretend), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

BTW I agree that "I Have Nothing" is the secret standout song on the Bodyguard soundtrack. Maybe I should re-listen to these before I vote.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I Have Nothing" is pretty essential

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

"how will i know" is one of my all time favorite songs but i want to pick one song from each one of her eras

max, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

i will definitely need to really listen to her catalog at some point but my kneejerk pox is:

I Wanna Dance With Somebody
It's Not Right But It's Okay
Saving All My Love For You
I'm Your Baby Tonight
I Have Nothing
Million Dollar Bill
How Will I Know
I'm Every Woman
Heartbreak Hotel (with Faith Evans and Kelly Price)
I Will Always Love You

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be (with Aretha Franklin)

It certainly wasn't on the pop chart

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

prob "it's not right but it's okay" but i love "i wanna dance with somebody." also had forgotten how much i liked "love will save the day."

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

"How Will I Know" is "Who's Zoomin' Who" improved. You had to be in the fall of '85 to know what an aural impact this thing had.

I'm very fond of "All at Once" (cowritten by Jeffrey Osborne!).

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Didn't We Almost Have It All
So Emotional
Where Do Broken Hearts Go

the worst of her big hits imo

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 18:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

add in "So Emotional" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and that's my bottom 5

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol I can't read

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

"So Emotional "Shoop Shoop (The Exhale Song)"

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

why do you hate i wanna dance with somebody so much, dan? ;_;

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

he fears her hair in the video

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i don't get that shoop song at all. i don't hate it, i just don't understand. waiting to exhale soundtrack is fine by me though because of brandy's "sittin' up in my room"

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha i was going to mention her i wanna dance with somebody hair as the potential reason

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

"how will I know" by a mile for me

haven't heard everything though

ploppawheelie V (k3vin k.), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I only learned a few weeks ago that Annie Lennox wrote "Step by Step."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh i like that one, too. but it's one of the remixes that i like.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

So Emotional
Where Do Broken Hearts Go

I honestly don't remember these songs at all when I could easily call everything else she did from that decade to mind. Very strange.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol I could probably write an essay

- the irritation of a song about dancing sung by someone who couldn't dance to save her life
- her first actually irritating vocal, devoid of the character necessary to sell those terrible lyrics
- the awful, awful video (the hair is not an insignificant part of the antipathy, but also the vacant miming of manic happiness that read more pathetic and controlled)
- the contrast between her initial breakthrough singles, particularly the vastly superior up-tempo "How Will I Know?" and this unappealing frothy nothing
- the sheer ubiquity of the song at the time of its release
- the number of horrible cover versions and dance routines girls my age put on to it
- that every single released from the album managed to be progressively WORSE than the song that preceded it

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

also can I just say how fucking lucky Mr Ned Raggett is to have "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" excised from his memory, because those songs fukkin SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

- her first actually irritating vocal, devoid of the character necessary to sell those terrible lyrics

come on the "don't you wanna dance say you wanna dance don't you wanna dance" part is sung so exuberantly!

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

voted My Love Is Your Love

Johnny Fever, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

the vacant miming of manic happiness

this is what frightened me about her for years and still does

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

i feel like "so emotional" was huge, too, like i remember her winning a bunch of awards for it when i was a kid. it was so confusing to me. even then i knew it sucked.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean "So Emotional" isn't emotional, like, at all.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every song from Whitney except "Love Will Save the Day" hit #1 on the pop chart.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

come on the "don't you wanna dance say you wanna dance don't you wanna dance" part is sung so exuberantly!

IMO it only reads as exuberant if you are looking at her glassy-eyed rictus grin in the video, and even then only if you're being charitable

otherwise it's just unsubtle honking on a bridge akin to the second chorus of "I Will Always Love You" where she brays really flatly

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- Song or single? We're not talking Thriller here...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

no i hate the video, but i found out about her death on Saturday night when i was out, and then when i was driving home they played "i wanna dance with somebody" and "million dollar bill" on the radio and i was struck anew by how infectiously happy "i wanna dance with somebody" sounds! i had been feeling that her death was kind of surreal. that was the moment i got sad.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

single, mais oui

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i am v biased in favor of upbeat songs about dancing, tbf. madonna's "into the groove" is the best song in history, maybe.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

To me "Greatest Love of All" is more horrifying than "I Wanna Dance." Her self-regard is chilling.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Her self-regard is what sells "GLOA"! That and the voice.

Horseshoe, I agree re: "Into the Groove"!

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i wanna dance with somebody

(_()_) (Lamp), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Now that we're sharing Whitney experiences, let me mention that one particularly moronic teacher in sixth copied the lyrics in perfect Palmer handwriting, photocopied it, and distributed it as a graduation poem.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saving All My Love For You

J0rdan S., Monday, 13 February 2012 19:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

more people should just post song titles that could double as declarative statements itt like lamp and j0rdan

some dude, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (with Enrique Iglesias)

I have never heard this but I assume it is terrible

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i only realized much later that "saving all my love for you" is sung from the pov of a woman having an affair with a married man. i don't know why it surprised me; it just seemed out of place with the smooth AC sound.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

that makes the song that much more awesome IMO

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

more people should just post song titles that could double as declarative statements itt like lamp and j0rdan

― some dude

We Didn't Know

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i think "saving all my love for you" is my favorite of the early ballads.

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

my actual shortlist:

Saving All My Love For You
How Will I Know
Greatest Love of All
I'm Your Baby Tonight
I Have Nothing
It's Not Right But It's Okay

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Good choice.

I keep wavering b/w that and "How Will I Know".

DO-ONT. MAAKE. MEEEE. CLO-OSE!!! ONE MORE DOOOOOOOR.

Tim F, Friday, 17 February 2012 10:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moka, try I'm Your Baby Tonight. new jack excellence

gospodin simmel, Friday, 17 February 2012 10:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

surprised no one told moka to try "it's not right but it's okay" or "my love is your love" which are the classic whitney songs for the "finally she's not doing power ballads and is singing over ~kool beatz~" crew

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 10:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

(but for all that they are still amazing)

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 10:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Listening to "Didn't We Almost Have It All". This song makes me think of my dad so much. His favourite pop song is probably "That's What Friends Are For". I don't really understand this approach to pop (for him I think it's the broadway resemblance), but it makes me think of my family home too much for me to hate it.

Tim F, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

had to go w/ How Will I Know. anything else would have been a lie.

Jurgis Rudkus // Dick Butkus (Pillbox), Friday, 17 February 2012 12:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

My Love Is Your Love

The Invisible Superstars (dog latin), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

As Lex/Tim foresaw upthread, I'm not a big fan of the power ballads (although I appreciate her voice is incredible on these). My Love Is Your Love has such an incredible groove though...

The Invisible Superstars (dog latin), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

share my life, take me for what i am
cuz i'll never change all my colours for you
take my life, i'll never ask for too much
just all that you are and everything that you do

^^all-time POW opening lines imo

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

stay in my arms if you dare
or must i imagine you there?

"i have nothing" might actually be an even better example of the "loneliness of queens" as per mark s's essay on "i will always love you"

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

or must I emerge in you there

Tim F, Friday, 17 February 2012 13:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Moka, try I'm Your Baby Tonight. new jack excellence

― gospodin simmel, viernes 17 de febrero de 2012 10:20 AM (11 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

surprised no one told moka to try "it's not right but it's okay" or "my love is your love" which are the classic whitney songs for the "finally she's not doing power ballads and is singing over ~kool beatz~" crew

― if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend)

Ok, this is more like it. I always thought 'it's not right' was a Tony Braxton song, dunno why. I actually like these ones much better.

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Saving All My Love For You" is the only one, for me, where the production doesn't spoil and date the song, the 1980s/90s equivalent of "with strings."

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was warbling "The Greatest Love of All" while getting my two-year-old dressed this morning and my four-year-old daughter told me to quit singing Christmas songs.

pplains, Friday, 17 February 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody", duh.

Turrican, Friday, 17 February 2012 22:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol PP

plee help i am lookin for (crüt), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was warbling "The Greatest Love of All" while getting my two-year-old dressed this morning and my four-year-old daughter told me to quit singing Christmas songs.

I blame it on my cat like screetching. :-( They ALWAYS tell me to stop. :-(

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Never ever would pick that one. That video was so awful. But difficult to choose a fave.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

the I wanna Dance w Somebody hair is problematic for me

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

"So Emotional" with its synthetic production reminds me of Wilson Phillips deliberately singing "I wanna be impulsive!"

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Greatest Love of All 0

!!

‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper (Eazy), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

You Give Good Love 0

o_O O_o

Peace (peaceful) (The Brainwasher), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Guess I should've voted my heart and "I Have Nothing."

My Love Is Your Love 7
Heartbreak Hotel (with Faith Evans and Kelly Price) 0

Not sure I really get this preference.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

am I wrong for loving the "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" hair?

The Reverend, Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes, yes you are

(thinks and smiles) (DJP), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's just...so...EPIC tho

The Reverend, Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's terrible

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's amazing

The Reverend, Saturday, 18 February 2012 00:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have to say, i wasn't gonna like actively hate on on campaign against IWALY getting votes itt, but i really feel it is an appropriate tribute to her body of work to see it tied for 10th place here

some dude, Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Impulsive" is my favorite Wilson Phillips single.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

My Love Is Your Love 7
I'm Your Baby Tonight 4
Love Will Save The Day 3

^^^ this is amazing. I'm genuinely shocked at these results -- in a good way.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like "my love is your love" but it seems like a really odd song to hold up as whitney's best

The Reverend, Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I suppose it's one of her most understated vocal performances, so if you don't like vocal overstatement it might be a default choice.

Tim F, Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't "The Star Spangled Banner" from 1991 Super Bowl intro released as a single (and a minor hit)? May be her best vocal performance; certainly it's the best I've ever heard it sung.

Two degrees of separation: my college roommate's girlfriend's brother was the guitarist in Whitney's touring band at the time (roomie's gf also a friend of mine) so got lots of insider scoops and stories. She was also a musician, and I remember going to some music-industry convention with her, and considered taking advantage of that connection to have her pass on some of my songs to Whitney in hopes she would cover one of them for an album track, but I wasn't particularly into WH and our styles don't exactly mesh, so I didn't bother.

Lee626, Saturday, 18 February 2012 04:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp that's exactly it, it's a good song, but it misses her whole essence.

The Reverend, Saturday, 18 February 2012 06:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

I suppose it's one of her most understated vocal performances, so if you don't like vocal overstatement it might be a default choice.

yeah "my love is your love" has long been the whitney song of choice for people who don't actually like what whitney houston was all about.

i mean, it's still a great song, but still.

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Saturday, 18 February 2012 11:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't "The Star Spangled Banner" from 1991 Super Bowl intro released as a single (and a minor hit)? May be her best vocal performance; certainly it's the best I've ever heard it sung.

it was, and it charted again after 9/11. but she had 51 singles and it seemed like the odd one out that would make sense to cut from the poll options.

some dude, Saturday, 18 February 2012 13:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fuse is running Whitney videos all day today, just heard "If I Told You That" for the first time and it was pretty good!

some dude, Saturday, 18 February 2012 13:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wasn't "The Star Spangled Banner" from 1991 Super Bowl intro released as a single (and a minor hit)? May be her best vocal performance; certainly it's the best I've ever heard it sung.

I kind of hate this actually! The national anthem is the national anthem and is kind of destroyed by soft-rock backing.

Missed this but would have voted "How Will I Know" like everybody else.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

what about a dubstep backing

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I actually thought the instrumental arrangement was impressive - lots of interesting and unusual chord changes and such to go with the vocal flourishes.

Lee626, Saturday, 18 February 2012 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Million Dollar Bill" (2009)

Whitney’s last shot was a return to the original Eighties game plan, except at this point, her vocals were too ravaged for either pop or soul.


Voice on "Million Dollar Bill" doesn't sound ravaged to me at all.

Lee626, Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

For anyone not aware of this, her funeral service is all over the television right now.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 February 2012 18:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

When I was in...probably sixth grade and listening to pop radio incessantly, I awoke to "Love Will Save The Day". The sun was just coming up and the light was slightly violet through the window and everything felt very calm and peaceful as the vibraphone came in and it really did feel like love might save the day. It's still one of my more idyllic childhood memories.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish my radio station had played "Love Will Save the Day."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 18 February 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah "my love is your love" has long been the whitney song of choice for people who don't actually like what whitney houston was all about.

I actually do like what Whitney was all about, and it's still my favorite of her singles. That song just puts me in a good place.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 February 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

whitney....
this was incredible... much (very very much) as i have always loved Whitney, 'I will always love you' is the one song of hers that I never really loved, certainly never felt, didn't appreciate - and also about the very single song i haven't listened to after she died.
to suddenly hearing it now, after all those thousands? of times i heard it, and now feeling every little part of it. it was me, not Whitney, that hadn't gotten it. the most beautiful thing she's ever sung. beautiful.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

guess this belongs in the Whitney Houston R.I.P. thread

breastcrawl, Saturday, 18 February 2012 21:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

I just heard My Love Is Your Love again for the first time in I don't know how long. Catchy as hell, that one!

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 17 September 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink


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