Whitney Houston singles poll

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voted My Love Is Your Love

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

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

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

single, mais oui

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

i wanna dance with somebody

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

Saving All My Love For You

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

i like that song, but no

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

You're disappointing me today.

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

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

― Euler, Sunday, May 20, 2007 3:59 AM (4 years ago) Bookmark

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

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

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

Oh god, back to the Bill Laswell thing again.

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

imagine Whitney singing in Last Exit.

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

It's easy if I don't try.

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

Well, and always.

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

million dollar bill gonna top this

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

Good thing Brad heard it at the beauty parlor, for the women would need hair implants after Whitney blasts the chorus.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 21 August 2015 00:33 (one year ago) Permalink

"I Have Nothing" is tres pretty and one of the two Whitney songs, along with "Exhale," that I continued to groove to even during those ill advised years of indie snobbery where I was obligated to regard Whitney as The Enemy.

The New Gay Sadness (cryptosicko), Friday, 21 August 2015 00:58 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

My top fifteen. Thanks for help, some dude.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 01:59 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't really need to look very much further
I don't want to have to go where you don't follow
I will hold it back again this passion inside
I can't run from myself THERES NOWHERE TO HIIIIIIIIIIIDE
YOUR LOVE! I'll RE MEM BER! FOR EV ER

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 03:50 (one month ago) Permalink

we should do a legit ballot poll on Whitney so we can show Alfred all the ways he is misguided

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 03:52 (one month ago) Permalink

This is a refrain he often hears.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 04:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Alfred: Wrong on Whitney, Wrong for America

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 04:06 (one month ago) Permalink

giving me ALL THE RONG THAT I'LL EVER NEEEEEED

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 10:26 (one month ago) Permalink

YOUR LOVE! I'll RE MEM BER! FOR EV ER

Don't make me clooooose--

*does shoo hand gesture*

--one more door!

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Greatest Love of All	0

Admittedly, Toni Erdmann wasn't out yet when this poll was done but ... damn.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd have voted for her version.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Sandra Hüller's?

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:13 (one month ago) Permalink

wtf alfred, no "i have nothing"?

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:14 (one month ago) Permalink

*reads last few posts before the thread bump* ah

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 13:14 (one month ago) Permalink

i guess i don't understand what more you could even want from whitney if "i have nothing" isnt yr pinnacle or at least top 5

there are other value judgements at play that i guess i dont fully understand?

or yr heart is a lump of coal, either or :)

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 18:32 (one month ago) Permalink

now imagine Glenn Frey singing "I Have Nothing"

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 18:33 (one month ago) Permalink

'It's Not Right But It's Okay' still rules.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 18:39 (one month ago) Permalink

The album version, yes.

insidious assymetrical weapons (Eric H.), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 18:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Alfred revise your opinions4u on "I Have Nothing".

Or must I emerge in you there.

Tim F, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 21:45 (one month ago) Permalink

DONT WALK AWAY FROM MEEEEEEE

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 22:08 (one month ago) Permalink

How's this for a poll: Cinematic covers of "The Greatest Love Of All"--Loren Dean in SAY ANYTHING VS. Sandra Hüller in TONI ERDMANN?

some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Alfred revise your opinions4u on "I Have Nothing".

Or must I emerge in you there.

― Tim F, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

emerge away

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 23:51 (one month ago) Permalink


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