Perhaps more than any other video and single from Whitney’s self-titled first album, “How Will I Know,” helped make the budding superstar a staple on MTV. Directed by Brian Grant, the high energy clip featured Whitney interacting with animated dancers against a backdrop of vivid colors, and if you watch closely the final time that Whitney sings “I’m asking you ’cause you know about these things,” you’ll get a glimpse of her Godmother, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Released in November 1985, the single reached the top of the Billboard Singles Chart by February 15, becoming Whitney’s second #1 single, and, ironically, displacing her cousin, Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For.”
“My Love Is Your Love” is the next video up in Whitney’s countdown. With its mid-tempo, reggae-influenced groove and production courtesy of Wyclef Jean (who also made a cameo in its fun-loving video), “My Love Is Your Love” was the title track and fourth single taken from Whitney’s blockbuster 1998 album, which would go on to sell an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. In fact, after hitting the Top Ten in nearly two dozen countries, “My Love Is Your Love” also became one of Whitney’s biggest worldwide hits, trailing only “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” with its more than 3 million units sold.
“It is so hard to express in words what Michael Jackson meant to me. He was my friend. He was one of the reasons I got into the music business. He inspired me. He taught me. He laughed with me. He paved the way for African American artists to be played on MTV which was huge. My heart is full of grief for his family and his children and I pray that they take solace in the incredible legacy of his music and art.”
Next up on Whitney’s video countdown is her iconic “Queen of the Night.” The fifth single issued from 1992’s 17xPlatinum The Bodyguard soundtrack – starring Whitney alongside multiple Oscar Winner Kevin Costner – was also the fifth #1 dance single of Whitney’s career, according to the Billboard Charts. However, unlike the version seen in the original motion picture, which was interrupted by a murder attempt on her character’s life, the music video featured Whitney’s complete performance of the song, and surely made for one of her most visually striking clips ever – not to mention an irresistible call for fans to hit dance floors across the planet!
As we count down the days until the release of Whitney Houston’s highly anticipated new album on September 1st, we’d like to invite you to look back on Whitney’s most era-defining videos, which will be showcased right here on www.whitneyhouston.com every week!
First up is “The Greatest Love of All,” one of the signature ballads from Whitney’s 13x Platinum debut album from 1986, Whitney Houston, and its third U.S. #1 single. The song also reached #8 in the UK and became Whitney’s first #1 in Australia, on its way to being nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Record of the Year’ and a Soul Train Music Award for ‘Single of the Year.’ The music video won an American Music Award for ‘Favorite Soul/R&B Video,’ and was shot at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. It features Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, playing herself as she encouraged Whitney’s singing from the time she was a little girl to her blossoming stardom.