On May 2, 1987 (33 years ago today), Arista released Whitney’s song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” as the first single from her second studio album, Whitney. The song was a commercial success and became her fourth #1 single and her first Platinum single in the U.S. It went on to win Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 30th GRAMMY Awards. The song was written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam (who also wrote “How Will I Know”) and produced by Narada Michael Walden.
Here is Whitney performing the song at Arista Records’ 15th Anniversary concert in 1990 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.