Monday 8/9/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Whitney Houston Top 30 Hits

Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer and actress. She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with sales of over 200 million records worldwide. Her powerful and soulful vocal performances, as well as her prominence on the music charts, have inspired many other singers.

Houston began singing in church as a child and became a background vocalist while in high school. She was one of the first black women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine after becoming a teen model in 1981. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, Houston signed to the label at age 19. Her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston (1985) and Whitney (1987), both peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and are among the best-selling albums of all time. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from “Saving All My Love for You” in 1985 to “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in 1988. Her third studio album, I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990), was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and yielded two Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles: the title track “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “All the Man That I Need”.

Houston reportedly appeared “disheveled” and “erratic” in the days immediately prior to her death. On February 9, 2012, Houston visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’s pre-Grammy Awards party at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. That same day, she made her last public performance when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California and sang “Jesus Loves Me”.

Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub. Beverly Hills paramedics arrived at approximately 3:30 p.m., found Houston unresponsive, and performed CPR. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. The cause of death was not immediately known; local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office reported that Houston’s death was caused by drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”. The office stated the amount of cocaine found in Houston’s body indicated that she used the substance shortly before her death. Toxicology results revealed additional drugs in her system: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), alprazolam (Xanax), cannabis, and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril). The manner of death was listed as an “accident”.

1I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)1987
2I’m Your Baby Tonight1990
3I’m Every Woman1993
4I Will Always Love You1992
5My Love Is Your Love1999
6Step by Step1997
7How Will I Know1985
8One Moment in Time1988
9When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)1998
10Exhale (Shoop Shoop)1995
11Greatest Love of All1986
12Saving All My Love for You1985
13It’s Not Right but It’s Okay1999
14Could I Have This Kiss Forever (with Enrique Iglesias)2000
15I Have Nothing1993
16All the Man That I Need1990
17Love Will Save the Day1988
18So Emotional1987
19Higher Love (with Kygo)2019
20Didn’t We Almost Have It All1987
21I Learned from the Best1999
23Heartbreak Hotel (with Faith Evans and Kelly Price)1998
24Count On Me (with CeCe Winans)1996
25Run to You1993
26Queen of the Night1993
27Where Do Broken Hearts Go1988
28My Name Is Not Susan1991
29I Look to You2009
30Million Dollar Bill2012