It’s been almost ten years since Whitney Houston last claimed a Top 10 single, when Million Dollar Bill – the final song officially released in her lifetime – climbed to a peak of Number 5 on the Official Singles Chart in October 2009.
Seven years after her death, the late vocalist's posthumous single Higher Love with Kygo could enter the Official Singles Chart Top 10 this Friday (August 2). This got us thinking – how does Whitney’s extensive catalogue of hits - 34 Top 40 singles, including four Number 1s - stack up in the streaming age?
Taking into account audio and video streams since records began in 2014, we reveal the Top 20 most played Whitney Houston hits. First, some highlights:
The Kygo-mixed track is currently rising through the ranks of the Official Singles Chart, and already ranks at Number 15 just a few weeks after its release, with 7.8 million streams in the UK alone.
Originally a Japan-only bonus track on her 1990 album I'm Your Baby Tonight, Whitney's cover of Steve Winwood’s Top 20 hit was given a vitamin D-enriched treatment by dance producer Kygo. Currently hovering in the Top 20, if the single continues to climb it could potentially chart higher than the original, which peaked at Number 13 in 1986.
I Look To You
An emotional promotional track for Whitney’s seventh and final studio album of the same name, 2009’s I Look To You failed to reach the UK's Top 100 on release. It has been redeemed in the streaming age, however, placing at Number 11 on her most-streamed chart with 11.2 million plays.
When You Believe
Two icons. One Oscar-winning film soundtrack. A Whitney and Mariah Carey collab could only ever be a showstopper, so despite the duet from the The Prince Of Egypt (only!) reaching Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart in 1998, it’s Whitney’s sixth most played song of recent times with 22 million streams.
I Will Always Love You
One of the most famous and best-selling singles of all time, I Will Always Love You comes in at Number 2, earning 77.9 million plays. Covering Dolly Parton’s 1973 country ballad for the 1992 The Bodyguard soundtrack, it spent ten consecutive weeks at the chart pinnacle.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
The clock strikes upon the hour, and it’s back at the top of our party playlist for the sixth time tonight... Taking the lead, Number 1 smash and ultimate party anthem I Wanna Dance With Somebody is Whitney’s most-streamed track, clocking up 93.7 million streams since records began in 2014.
Originally released in 1987 and leading the list by 15.8 million plays, it showcases the true potential for a pop stomper to stay relevant far past its initial release.
Whitney Houston’s Official Top 20 most-streamed tracks in the UK
|1||I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY||WHITNEY HOUSTON||1||1987|
|2||I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU||WHITNEY HOUSTON||1||1992|
|3||I HAVE NOTHING||WHITNEY HOUSTON||3||1993|
|4||HOW WILL I KNOW||WHITNEY HOUSTON||5||1985|
|5||IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY||WHITNEY HOUSTON||3||1999|
|6||WHEN YOU BELIEVE||MARIAH CAREY & WHITNEY HOUSTON||4||1998|
|7||THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL||WHITNEY HOUSTON||8||1986|
|8||MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE||WHITNEY HOUSTON||2||1999|
|9||SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU||WHITNEY HOUSTON||1||1985|
|10||RUN TO YOU||WHITNEY HOUSTON||15||1993|
|11||I LOOK TO YOU||WHITNEY HOUSTON||N/A||2009|
|12||ONE MOMENT IN TIME||WHITNEY HOUSTON||1||1988|
|13||I'M EVERY WOMAN||WHITNEY HOUSTON||4||1993|
|14||MILLION DOLLAR BILL||WHITNEY HOUSTON||5||2009|
|15||HIGHER LOVE||KYGO & WHITNEY HOUSTON||15||2019|
|16||ALL THE MAN THAT I NEED||WHITNEY HOUSTON||13||1990|
|17||DIDN'T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL||WHITNEY HOUSTON||14||1987|
|18||WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO||WHITNEY HOUSTON||14||1988|
|19||STEP BY STEP||WHITNEY HOUSTON||13||1997|
|20||I DIDN'T KNOW MY OWN STRENGTH||WHITNEY HOUSTON||44||2009|
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