Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston (2012)

Reason for Listening:
#199 on the Billboard 200 (Week of 20200509). Album listed as "Re-Enter."
Last Week: - | Peak: 14 | Weeks on Chart: 39

Whitney Houston has seven consecutive #1 singles (Billboard Hot 100) from 1985 to 1988. They are "Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "The Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go." They appear in order as tracks 2 through 8 on this compilation album.

Released 20121113.
18 songs. 79:38. I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston (2019)
18 & 14 songs. 79:38 & 63:15. I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston (Deluxe) (2019)
18 & 14+1 songs. 79:38 & 63:15+04:32. I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston (Japan) (Deluxe) (2019)

First listen. Deluxe
~Disc 1~
I guess I like certain segments of "How Will I Know"; somehow the song has a different flow than songs I frequently listen to within the last decade
I really like the part at around 1:20 when the lyrics escalate ("Greatest Love of All")
Some of these songs are so slow for me. At least in my current mood. ("I Will Always Love You")
I just realized the verses detail leaving a relationship. In other words, this song is a sad love song. ("I Will Always Love You")
I like the beat of "My Love Is Your Love." Perhaps if I wrote more music, I would consider sampling it.

4: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)";
3: "Saving All My Love for You"; "How Will I Know";
2: "Didn't We Almost Have It All"; "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"; "I'm Every Woman"; "I Have Nothing"; "My Love Is Your Love" (Radio Edit);
1: "Greatest Love of All"; "So Emotional"; "I'm Your Baby Tonight"; "I Will Always Love You";
0: "All the Man That I Need"; "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (from Waiting to Exhale - Original Soundtrack); "I Believe in You and Me" (Record Version); "Never Give Up";
-1: "You Give Good Love"; "I Look to You" (ft. R. Kelly);

~Disc 2~

3: "Count on Me" (from Waiting to Exhale - Original Soundtrack) (with CeCe Winans); "It's Not Right But It's Okay";
2: "One Moment in Time"; "Queen of the Night" (Radio Edit); "Step by Step"; "If I Told You That"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Million Dollar Bill";
1: "Run to You"; "I Learned from the Best" (Radio Edit);
0: "Love Will Save the Day"; "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (Album Edit) (with Aretha Franklin); "I Belong To You";
-1: "My Name is Not Susan";

The album (i.e., disc one) is essentially every single which attained a position greater than 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The exception to this is the omission of "Heartbreak Hotel" and "It's Not Right but It's Okay," which peaked at #2 and #4, respectively, but don't appear on disc one (they appear on the deluxe edition). Furthermore, tracks 17 and 18 were previously unreleased. In any case, I did not enjoy most of the tracks due to their older and slower sound - despite my appreciation for the singer's talent and voice. Correspondingly, my favorite track on the album is perhaps the one with the strongest dance beat: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)."

In consideration for someone who might be a fan of Whitney Houston, I would emphasize that the tracks one the first disc closely follow the order in which they were released. This makes the disc more historical than well thought out in terms of track placement. With that being said, I suppose order of release will likely place singles from the same album next to each other.

Overall Rating: 3.0/5
Favorite Song: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"

*The chart positions for tracks 1 through 16 are #3, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #1, #4, #4, #1, #4, and #4.

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