Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

First Hit #1: June 27, 1987

I’ve mentioned more than once how Whitney Houston could elevate songs that were, in all honesty, kind of crap. So it’s nice that she’s finally given a song that’s actually kind of good to sing. Alright, that statement is going to require some qualifications, because there are some problems here. Yes, the beat just sounds cheap, like it was performed entirely on a Casiotone. And yes, it’s a song that relies heavily on Houston’s vocal power, so it’s still pretty typical of her output. But in spite of those flaws, it’s still a good song. The beat might be cheap, but it’s got a great melody anyway, and it kind of transcends its Casiotone origins. It also compliments Houston’s vocal, unlike many of her songs, where the music is pushed into a river by her aggressive vocal. Lyrically, it’s simple, but it’s a pretty great tune for dancing, and also kind of a fun way to get people on the dance floor. It’s about wanting to dance, so in a dance situation it’s going to compliment the activity going on. I admit I’d like a less era-appropriate arrangement, but it’s actually still a great song, and probably among the best Houston was given.

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One Response to Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

  1. RBerman says:

    “Let’s all dance” is a prett low lyrical bar, so achieving it is no great feat. Still, her ebullient gospel vocal carries a decent melody with stereotypically mid-80s production.

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