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Medellíam
post Jul 30 2019, 03:29 PM
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Whitney Houston's Official Top 20 most-streamed tracks on the Official UK Chart
29 July 2019 | By Helen Ainsley

With Kygo collaboration Higher Love racing up the charts, we count down Whitney's most popular songs in the streaming era.

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:

Higher Love
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
TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1987 93.7m
2 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1992 77.9m
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 22m
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 11.2m
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 7.8m
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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I'm shocked there's no 'So Emotional'! ohmy.gif I'm inclined to believe there's been an oversight there. No 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' either - a surprise to a lesser extent but still one I'd expect to see there.

'I Wanna Dance', 'How Will I Know' and 'I'm Every Woman' are such party classics; adore all three. I've been listening to 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay' so much recently and it's become one of my favourites from Whitney, so I'm very pleased to see that Top 5. 'All the Man That I Need' is my all-time fave; absolutely gorgeous and the performance she did at the Welcome Home Heroes gig.
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post Jul 30 2019, 04:04 PM
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Its Not Right But Its OK should have been a number 1
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So emotional and baby are jams but are quite forgotten by general public .
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I wouldn't say 'So Emotional' was at all! Not from my experiences at least. 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' might not be quite so remembered but more so than several on that list; I'd have expected to see it if 'All the Man That I Need' from the same album is there.
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QUOTE(Lyle @ Jul 30 2019, 04:04 PM) *
Its Not Right But Its OK should have been a number 1


It definitely had enough sales to be #1 for most weeks of the year in 1999!

The week it debuted at #3, it sold 161K!

The week of 06/03/1999, it went like:

01 01 231,000 Baby One More Time - Britney
02 NE 176,000 Tender - Blur
03 NE 161,000 It's Not Right, But It's Okay - Whitney


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I'm pleasantly surprised that It's Not Right But It's Okay is such a classic here, it sounds like the kind of thing from that time that would be huge in America and forgotten here
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QUOTE(Ne Plus Ultra @ Aug 1 2019, 12:12 AM) *
It definitely had enough sales to be #1 for most weeks of the year in 1999!

The week it debuted at #3, it sold 161K!

The week of 06/03/1999, it went like:

01 01 231,000 Baby One More Time - Britney
02 NE 176,000 Tender - Blur
03 NE 161,000 It's Not Right, But It's Okay - Whitney


She got Britney back in 2000 when her greatest hits blocked Oops! I Did It Again from becoming Britney's first #1 album cry.gif
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QUOTE(No Sleeep @ Aug 1 2019, 01:04 AM) *
I'm pleasantly surprised that It's Not Right But It's Okay is such a classic here, it sounds like the kind of thing from that time that would be huge in America and forgotten here

It's similar to Destiny's Child/TLC sound and girl power theme that was popular both at the time and remains so now, so it makes sense for 'It's Not Right...' to still be well-known.

QUOTE(No Sleeep @ Aug 1 2019, 01:05 AM) *
She got Britney back in 2000 when her greatest hits blocked Oops! I Did It Again from becoming Britney's first #1 album cry.gif

By just 1.2k sales too! ohmy.gif Britney was leading midweek too.
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QUOTE(Medellíam @ Aug 1 2019, 01:15 AM) *
It's similar to Destiny's Child/TLC sound and girl power theme that was popular both at the time and remains so now, so it makes sense for 'It's Not Right...' to still be well-known.
By just 1.2k sales too! ohmy.gif Britney was leading midweek too.


True but usually when somebody like Whitney tries that it gets ignored in favour of the big ballads, kinda like what happened with Mariah, most people here don't remember Heartbreaker or Honey. I'm Your Baby Tonight deserves better!
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All The Man That I Need was hugely under appreciated.
It is welcoming to see it building streams and increasing its tally.
There is not one song on the list below i don't like, Whitney has such a strong back catalogue.

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I Look To You ahead of Million Dollar Bill is a little interesting!
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I discovered tonight just how popular Whitney is outside of the obvious classics. We had Its Not Right... and Million Dollar Bill played in our town tonight and everyone knew all the words. I was pretty impressed!
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I Look To You deserved to chart
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post Aug 11 2019, 10:15 AM
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Love a bit of Whitney. Anyone crave an LP release of one of her Greatest Hits?
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I have the original Whitney album on vinyl from 1987 from when I was a kid biggrin.gif but yes a vinyl GH would be great
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Aug 11 2019, 11:17 AM) *
I have the original Whitney album on vinyl from 1987 from when I was a kid biggrin.gif but yes a vinyl GH would be great


Yeah, me too smile.gif
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