We have compiled the 25 most important, Grammy-lauded, platinum-selling, and just plain heartbreaking songs from the late pop legend. All of the videos are included here; you can also visit EW on YouTube to watch the full playlist.

“I’m Every Woman” (1978)

From album Chaka

A teenage Houston sang back up on Chaka Khan’s classic track before covering it herself on the Bodyguard soundtrack 14 years later — and bringing it all the way to no. 4 on the Hot 100.


From album: N/A

In 1983, Houston appeared on the Merv Griffin show alongside her mentor Clive Davis and performed “Home,” originally sung by Diana Ross in the movie The Wiz. “I remember standing in the wings and Clive talking to Merv about this woman who had the soul and guts of Aretha Franklin and the clarity and phrasing of Lena Horne, and I thought, ‘Who is he talking about, is it me?’” the singer later recalled. “I turned to my mother who was with me and Mommy said, ‘Yes, it’s you, little girl.’”

“You Give Good Love” (1985)

From album Whitney Houston

The slinky, sultry first single from her self-titled debut — originally offered to Roberta Flack, who turned it down — went on to become her first crossover pop hit, climbing to no. 3 on the Hot 100.

“Saving All My Love” (1985)

From album Whitney Houston

The singer’s first number one also earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

“How Will I Know” (1985)

From album Whitney Houston

In February 1986, Houston’s dance floor-filler replaced her cousin Dionne Warwick’s tune “That’s What Friends Are For” at No.1.

“All At Once” (1985)

From album Whitney Houston

Another ballad showcase for her soaring vocals, this radio-only single was co-penned by r&b singer Jeffrey Osborne.

“The Greatest Love Of All”

From album Whitney Houston

“The Greatest Love Of All” became one of Houston’s biggest hits but was originally the b-side of “You Give Good Love.”

“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987)

From album Whitney

The singer scored her fourth No. 1 and a Best Pop Performance Grammy with this yearning yet joyous track and its attendant MTV-candy video.

“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (1987)

From album Whitney

Another ballad, and another chart topper; “Didn’t We Have It All” reached the top spot in September 1987.

“So Emotional” (1987)

From album Whitney

Houston’s sixth consecutive No.1 was penned by the powerhouse songwriting team of Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, who were also responsible for Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”

“Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” (1987)

From album Whitney

With this anthemic ballad, the singer became the first ever artist to have seven consecutive No.1’s — a record she still holds.

“One Moment In Time” (1988)

From album One Moment in Time: 1988 Summer Olympics Album

The singer’s contribution to the NBC-commissioned Seoul Olympics album was co-written by legendary songsmith Albert Hammond, father of Strokes member Albert Hammond, Jr.

“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)

From album I’m Your Baby Tonight

Houston scored yet another No.1 with the title track of her third album, whose video was directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock And Roll Swindle) and choreographed by future Hairspray director Adam Shankman.

“All the Man That I Need” (1990)

From album I’m Your Baby Tonight

“I’m Your Baby Tonight” was previously recorded by both Sister Sledge and Luther Vandross, but it was Houston who made the track famous when it became the second single released from I’m Your Baby Tonight.

“The Star Spangled Banner” (1991)

From album Whitney: The Greatest Hits

Houston’s acclaimed rendition of the national anthem at Superbowl XXV reached No. 20 back in 1991, and climbed even higher ten years later when it was rereleased to benefit the families of uniformed 9/11 victims.

“A Song for You” (1991)

From album I Look to You

Whitney’s rendition of the track — originally written and recorded by Leon Russell — at 1991 concert to honor troops which was subsequently released as the DVD Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston. She ultimately recorded the song on her final album, I Look to You.

“I Will Always Love You” (1992)

From album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

Songs don’t get much more spectacular that Houston’s record-smashing cover of the Dolly Parton-penned country ballad, which went on to top the charts in 16 countries (it spent 14 weeks in the top spot on the U.S. Hot 100).

“I Have Nothing” (1992)

From album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

The third hit single from the Bodyguard soundtrack and, in time, one of the tunes most regularly performed by American Idol contestants.

“Run to You” (1992)

From album The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album

Both “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing” were nominated for the Best Song Oscar — but the winner was “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.

“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (1995)

From album Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album

A Babyface-penned ballad from Houston’s OTHER mega-selling soundtrack album, which also featured tracks by Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, and Mary J. Blige.

“My Love is Your Love” (1998)

From album My Love is Your Love

Produced by Wyclef Jean, the title track from My Love is Your Love proved a massive hit around the world, and singled the star’s return to the world stage.

“When You Believe” (1998)

From album The Prince of Egypt: Original Soundtrack

This duet between Houston and fellow vocal powerhouse Mariah Carey was penned by Wicked songwriter Stephen Schwartz and won the Oscar for Best Song.

“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (1998)

From album My Love is Your Love

This kiss-off anthem from My Love is Your Love won the singer a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance.

“Million Dollar Bill” (2009)

From album I Look To You

An upbeat highlight of Houston’s seventh and final studio album, the song was written by Alicia Keys and produced by Keys’ future husband Swizz Beatz.