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Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Hit #1 This Day In 1987

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) U.S. 7-inch vinyl single front cover

On June 27, 1987 “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was the lead single from Whitney’s second album and became a worldwide success topping the charts in many countries including Australia, the U.K., Italy, and Germany. To this day it is one of Whitney’s most popular songs and is the title of her upcoming biopic planned for release next year. The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam and produced by Narada Michael Walden.

Watch this live performance of the song from South Africa in 1994 with Whitney’s great background vocalist Olivia McClurkin singing the opening.

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