We have compiled the 25 most important, Grammy-lauded, platinum-selling, and just plain heartbreaking songs from the late pop legend. All of the videos are included here; you can also visit EW on YouTube to watch the full playlist.
“I’m Every Woman” (1978)
From album Chaka
A teenage Houston sang back up on Chaka Khan’s classic track before covering it herself on the Bodyguard soundtrack 14 years later — and bringing it all the way to no. 4 on the Hot 100.
From album: N/A
In 1983, Houston appeared on the Merv Griffin show alongside her mentor Clive Davis and performed “Home,” originally sung by Diana Ross in the movie The Wiz. “I remember standing in the wings and Clive talking to Merv about this woman who had the soul and guts of Aretha Franklin and the clarity and phrasing of Lena Horne, and I thought, ‘Who is he talking about, is it me?’” the singer later recalled. “I turned to my mother who was with me and Mommy said, ‘Yes, it’s you, little girl.’”