By Dan Lane
Following the tragic death of Whitney Houston this past Saturday (February 11), fans and celebrities have been paying tribute to the late star.
Dolly Parton, whose track I Will Always Love You was covered by Whitney 20 years ago this year, released a statement saying that she will “always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song,”
“And I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed."
“This is a sad day,” said Sir Elton John. “She was the most beautiful woman I think I ever saw. Thank you for giving us your talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard.”
“Amy, Etta, Whitney – their music will never die,” said Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch. “What a great girl group in heaven.”
"Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare," said Clive Davis, who signed Whitney to Arista Records label in the early ‘80s. "Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on."
During the course of her 28 year recording career, Whitney clocked up four UK Number 1 singles - 1985’s Saving All My Love For You, 1987’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), 1988’s One Moment In Time, 1992’s I Will Always Love You - on the Official Singles Chart, and two UK Number 1 albums – 1987’s Whitney and 2000’s Whitney: The Greatest Hits - on the Official Albums Chart. 1992’s The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack – on which Whitney sang the lion’s share of the tracks – was Number 1 on the Official Compilations Chart for 11 weeks.
Unsurprisingly, Whitney’s most popular track was her cover of I Will Always Love You, which was the lead single from The Bodyguard OST. According to Official Charts Company's data, it was the biggest selling single of 1992 and the 10th biggest selling single of 1993, and has sold nearly 1.5 million copies in the UK to date.
The Official Charts Company have compiled a countdown of the late star’s most popular tracks in the UK based on sales data ending at midnight on Saturday (February 11). They are as follows:
Whitney Houston’s Top 20 Biggest Selling Tracks In The UK To Date
01 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
02 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY
03 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU
04 MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
05 IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY
06 ONE MOMENT IN TIME
07 HOW WILL I KNOW
08 WHEN YOU BELIEVE w/ MARIAH CAREY
09 MILLION DOLLAR BILL
10 I HAVE NOTHING
11 STEP BY STEP
12 THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
13 SO EMOTIONAL
14 I'M EVERY WOMAN
15 I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT
16 COULD I HAVE THIS KISS FOREVER w/ ENRIQUE IGLESIAS
17 DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL
18 ALL THE MAN THAT I NEED
19 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO
20 EXHALE (SHOOP SHOOP)
© The Official Charts Company 2012
As previously reported, the Official Charts expect the untimely passing of Whitney to impact this week’s Official Singles Chart. Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) sales flashes will give a likely indication of where individual songs might enter the Top 40 this weekend.Back