Whitney Houston singles poll

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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

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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

no one's voting for "My Name is Not Susan"?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like that song, but no

horseshoe, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

My short list:

You Give Good Love
Saving All My Love For You
How Will I Know
Love Will Save The Day
I'm Every Woman
Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
It's Not Right But It's Okay

You guys are also sleeping on "Love Will Save The Day"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

every time I think of "Love Will Save The Day" I start actually humming "Love Will Lead You Back" and I am much happier

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

You're disappointing me today.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

aww "So Emotional" is a good one: "ain't it shockin what..............love can do!" love that pause

voted "How Will I Know", cuz you know about these things.

Euler, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Saving All My Love
How Will I Know

so torn!!!

But I need to rep for "All At Once"... my grandma died right around that time & my little sister and I used to bawl over that damn song

I love that whole first album, tbh

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

her first album is really her best

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd like to hear a band like the Jesus Lizard fronted by a singer like Whitney Houston.

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Euler, Monday, 13 February 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

imagine Whitney covering "This is Not a Love Song."

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oh god, back to the Bill Laswell thing again.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 20:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

imagine Whitney singing in Last Exit.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's easy if I don't try.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 February 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

so emotional and how will i know really
think i'm picking the latter.

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Monday, 13 February 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Never liked "I Will Always Love You." The bombastic treatment is so totally wrong for the simple eloquence of the song. Plus that fucking sax solo. And the modulation. "I Have Nothing" so much better as big-ballad numbers go, so basically Greg, Alex and Al OTM way upthread.

Am working on getting acquainted with the post-Bodyguard stuff, which I mostly didn't know except "Exhale" and "It's Not Right But It's Okay." For now, though, "How Will I Know" by a mile.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Monday, 13 February 2012 22:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

For someone who only released 7 studio albums, she sure had a lot of singles, tho, huh? 29 top 40 hits, all in a 16-year span.

wolf cola, everyone (thewufs), Monday, 13 February 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

How Will I Know / I Have Nothing
It's Not Right But It's Okay
I Want To Dance With Somebody
Saving All My Love For You
I'm Your Baby Tonight
Love Will Save The Day
Heartbreak Hotel (Remix)
I'm Every Woman
My Love Is Your Love

Tim F, Monday, 13 February 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

The key change in "I Have Nothing" is one of the most spinetingling things ever.

Tim F, Monday, 13 February 2012 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Enough! Y'all have swayed me. I'll listen to "I Have Nothing" again.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 February 2012 22:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think what distinguishes it from other divastraganzas (e.g. "Without You" or "All By Myself", say) is how dangerous it sounds, both in its obsessive intensity and also in its vertiginousness. Whitney sounds like she takes a run-up to the key change with a flying leap over a bottomless chasm.

Tim F, Monday, 13 February 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Listening to the second album on Spotify and it sounds like an '87-era mastering job! Interesting that a record like that would languish so long without being remastered.

timellison, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

the second Whitney album is a giant pile of festering penises

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I asked about the third album on the other thread but got no responses. Hot or not?

Tim F, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the only one of her songs I'll admit to liking IRL so that's my vote.

"How Will I Know" is ok. "All The Man I Need" is her best ballad IMO.

billstevejim, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

"I Have Nothing" and "I'm Every Woman" sounded the best to me the last couple days.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, and always.

dead-trius (Eric H.), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

million dollar bill gonna top this

Dick Townwolves (Captain Ahab), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 08:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd totally forgotten about 'Queen Of The Night' until I happened upon an obligatory airing of The Bodyguard yesterday. A pretty fierce jam, a la En Vogue. Just wanna point out that it shouldn't be slept on.

Probably always gonna be 'Love Will Save The Day' for me, though.

SNEEZED GOING DOWN STEPS, PAIN WHEN PUTTING SOCKS ON (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 10:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's not right but it's ok

lag∞n affiliated (The Reverend), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

BTW I actually voted for "Saving All My Love For You", stone cold classic ballad, right up there with the greatest of all time.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

what is it about "Million Dollar Bill" that ppl find appealing

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- Confession -- I loathed that song when it first hit, to the point where I would turn off the radio when I heard it start. ("You Give Good Love" I happily adored.)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 17 February 2012 00:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

She had a great voice but all of her songs are borefests imho. Is there any single in here that isn't an over-emotional ballad?

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes

ploppawheelie V (k3vin k.), Friday, 17 February 2012 06:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

You know, something in the 3 minute mark that doesn't feel like the aural equivalent of a diabetic coma?

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

I need examples, kevin! pretty please?

Moka, Friday, 17 February 2012 06:29 (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 (1 year ago) Permalink


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