First Hit #1: December 1, 1990
Mariah Carey, however, is not the only big voiced diva out there, and Whitney Houston is still a popular artist in 1990. Unfortunately, Houston is still hardly adept at picking producers, resulting in some famous names producing a beat best described as cheap and tinny. But this is a longstanding problem with Houston, and she has often overcome poor choices with pure power. This time we’ve got layers of Houston, as she backs up her own vocal and goes on a tear through the latter half of the song. It almost feels like a response to a certain other lady with a big voice, and Houston makes a big show of dominance over the track. She owns it, the beat might be kind of bad but that’s hardly relevant. This, like all Houston songs, is about the voice, and she’s determined to show that she’s still got it.