5 Classic Whitney Houston Songs

The music world lost one of its biggest talents over the weekend as Whitney Houston passed away Saturday at the age of 48.

Whitney's impact on music is immense. Her vocal style, range, and control were groundbreaking, paving the way for a slew of modern day vocalists like Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera, to name just a few.

To honour Houston's remarkable talent, we put together 5 of our favourite Whitney Houston performances. Good luck getting through this list without goosebumps!

5. The Star Spangled Banner

At Super Bowl XXV, Whitney gave one of the most memorable national anthem performances of all-time, setting a standard that other Star Spangled Banner renditions simply fail to match.

4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was a landmark 80s pop hit. The song marked Houston's fourth consecutive number one hit and is her second most successful single to date.

3. How Will I Know

Houston's second #1 single, "How Will I Know" discusses an age-old theme: How do you know if someone loves you back? The song exposed Whitney's talent to the MTV generation, setting the stage for her massive success.

2. Greatest Love Of All

Lyrically, "Greatest Love Of All" is a song about personal strength. The song, originally written by Michael Lasser and Linda Creed during Creed's struggle with Breast Cancer, was a perfect fit for Houston's powerful vocals.

1. I Will Always Love You

"I Will Always Love You" could very well be Whitney Houston's opus. Originally appearing on the soundtrack to the film "Bodyguard," the song is Houston's longest running number one hit, setting a record at the time with 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.  The record breaking hit highlights Houston's vocal control, ranging from a soft opening verse to a crescendo chorus.

What's your favorite Whitney Houston song? Tell us in the comments