Whitney Houston: Super Bowl anthem among greatest hits

Whitney Houston put on some of the most memorable performances in music history.
Getty Images

The news of Whitney Houston’s death rocked the world yesterday, sending off tributes to the troubled singer. Her greatest hits cannot be contained to five songs, but these are the performances she’ll be remembered for forever.

“I Will Always Love You”
Dolly Parton may have written the song, but Whitney’s version from the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” was so intense that the sentiment will likely serve as an epitaph for her. At least it seems to be the most popular phrase regarding Whitney on Facebook right now. When looking for good footage of the song, ignore the studio version dominated by clips from the movie that you never saw, and enjoy this live rendition of Whitney in her prime (where the aforementioned clips are slightly less intrusive), at the 36th Grammy Awards, where the song earned her the Record of the Year statue in 1994. If you don’t get goosebumps at the 3:29 mark and the 4:27 mark, you’re probably not human.


“Saving All My Love For You”

Though Whitney endured a few embarrassing moments after this performance on French TV — courtesy of Serge Gainsbourg — this rendition by a young and fresh-faced relatively unknown singer is a wonderful way to remember her.


“How Will I Know”

There are a lot of elements about this song and video that are very much trapped in the 1980s (the hairdos, the sax solo, the paint splatters) but Whitney’s execution of the notes is timeless. For an indication of just how great her voice was, listen to the acapella version. It’s refreshing to hear it without that wall of synths, isn’t it?
But, here, we present the one you’re more familiar with.
 

 


“My Love Is Your Love”

More than a decade after her debut, Houston still had the pipes to stop your heart. Though the single that was released was more chill than this version, this 13-minute remix by Jonathan Peters is electrifying. When the song finally gets to her first verse, around the 5:41 mark, it’s chilling to hear her sing, “when the Lord asks me what I did with my life….”

 

 


“The Star Spangled Banner”

Not only did Whitney Houston have the audacity to release our country’s national anthem as a single, but she did it so well that it got into the top 10 on the pop charts … TWICE! She performed it at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, when the single got to No. 20, but after the attacks on America of September 11th, 2001, the single climbed all the way to No. 6. Just look at the smile on her face at the 1:34 mark where she absolutely nails the “rockets red glare” line. It is this love of music and pure ecstasy she received from singing that the world will miss so much.

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

US military tried, but failed to rescue journalist…

The U.S. military earlier this year tried to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria ,but failed to find the captives.

National

Fate of captured beluga whales in hands of…

A Georgia aquarium went to court on Wednesday seeking federal permission to bring 18 captured beluga whales to the United States from Russia.

Local

After Eric Garner death, religious leaders meet to…

Interfaith leaders convened with city officials to discuss what the community can do to help dial down heightened tensions after Eric Garner's death.

Local

'Suspicious' Hamilton Heights fire caused by power strip:…

An extension cord overload caused the deadly fire in Hamilton Heights late Monday that killed a 15-year-old girl and injured at least 12 others.

Television

Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams…

  Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on…

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

GAMES Hudson Common Open Aug. 21, 7 p.m. Hudson Common 356 W. 58 St. Free, www.hudsoncommonnyc.com The U.S. Open begins on Monday, but most of…

Movies

Review: Sadly, Matthew Weiner's 'Are You Here' is…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner tries his hand at movies with "Are You Here," a misjudged Owen Wilson-Zach Galifianakis comedy that turns into a drama.

Movies

Review: 'Love is Strange' is not only a…

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina tie the knot in "Love is Strange," but the film winds up being more about living with people than an activist picture.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL defense (DEF)

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL quarterbacks (QB)

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Wellbeing

Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…

Wellbeing

Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…