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Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’ Hit #1 In February 1986

Whitney Houston - How Will I Know U.S. 7-inch vinyl single front cover

February 15, 1986 (37 years ago today) – “How Will I Know” reached #1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, and later also hit #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. It was the third single from Whitney’s debut album and became her second #1 Hot 100 single — part of a run that would extend to a record-setting seven consecutive #1 hits.

The music video gave Whitney exposure on MTV, where it ended up winning Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in September that year. The video is re-created in the biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody, currently available for streaming.

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