Whitney Houston (album)

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Whitney Houston
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 14, 1985
Recorded1984
Genre
Length47:23
LabelArista
Producer
Whitney Houston chronology
Whitney Houston 'Whitney
(1986)
Singles from Whitney Houston
  1. "Hold Me"
    Released: May 24, 1984
  2. "Thinking About You"
    Released: January 11, 1985
  3. "You Give Good Love"
    Released: January 29, 1985
  4. "All at Once"
    Released: February 5, 1985
  5. "Saving All My Love for You"
    Released: August 13, 1985
  6. "How Will I Know"
    Released: February 15, 1986
  7. "Greatest Love of All"
    Released: March 18, 1986

Whitney Houston is the self titled debut album of American recording artist Whitney Houston, released February 14, 1985 on Arista Records.

Reviews[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[2]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[3]
PopMatters7/10[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceC[7]

Whitney Houston received positive reviews.

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "You Give Good Love"  LaLaKashif 4:36
2. "Thinking About You"  
  • Kashif
  • Lala
Kashif 5:24
3. "Someone for Me"  
  • Raymond Jones
  • Freddie Washington
Jermaine Jackson 4:58
4. "Saving All My Love for You"  
Masser 3:58
5. "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" (duet with Jermaine Jackson)
Jackson 3:47
6. "How Will I Know"  Walden 4:34
7. "All at Once"  Masser 4:27
8. "Take Good Care of My Heart" (duet with Jermaine Jackson)
  • Peter McCann
  • Steve Dorff
Jackson 4:14
9. "Greatest Love of All"  
Masser 4:57
10. "Hold Me" (duet with Teddy Pendergrass)
  • Creed
  • Masser
Masser 6:02
Total length:
47:23

Personnel[change | change source]

Musicians[change | change source]

Production[change | change source]

  • Producers: Jermaine Jackson, Kashif, Michael Masser, Narada Michael Walden
  • Executive producer: Clive Davis
  • Engineers: Michael Barbiero, Michael Mancini, Michael O'Reilly, Russell Schmitt
  • Mixing: Michael Barbiero, Michael O'Reilly, Bill Schnee
  • Arrangements: Gene Page Jr., Kashif, Narada Michael Walden
  • Art direction: Donn Davenport
  • Photographer: Garry Gross
  • Fashion stylist: Tiagi Lambert (Gown by Giovanne De Maura, Bathing Suit by Norma Kamali)
  • Makeup: Quietfire
  • Coordinator: Brenda Gorsky
  • Hair sylist: Jeffrey Woodly

Charts and certifications[change | change source]

Singles chart positions[change | change source]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[39]
US R&B
[39]
US AC
[39]
US Dance
[39]
CAN
[40]
UK
[41]
AUS
[42]
AUT
[43]
BEL
[44]
FRA
[45]
GER
[46]
IRL
[47]
ITA
[48]
NED
[49]
NOR
[50]
NZ
[51]
SWE
[52]
SWI
[53]
1984 "Hold Me" 46 5 6 44 25 24
1985 "Thinking About You" 10 24
"Someone for Me"
"You Give Good Love" 3 1 4 7 93 58 44
"All at Once" 2 4 5[54]
"Saving All My Love for You" 1 1 1 8 1 20 12 11 11 18 1 16 10 5 5
1986 "How Will I Know" 1 1 1 3 1 5 2 28 20 26 3 23 12 2 19 2 11
"Greatest Love of All" 1 2 1 1 8 1 25 26 30 4 13 24 12 14 20
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[change | change source]

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