Whitney Houston Funeral: Counting The No. 1 Hits In The Church

The hearse carrying the body of Whitney Houston leaves Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J. for a short ride to the New Hope Baptist Church for her funeral.

With the sad and untimely passing of Whitney Houston last week, it’s not a shock that some of her music has re-entered various Billboard charts.
As of yesterday, “Greatest Love of All” was charting the Hot 100 at 41; “How Will I Know” has it’s Digital Song debut at 46; “I Look to You,” Houston’s 2009 disc, re-entered the Billboard 200 at 118 and her 1987 disc “Whitney” followed shortly behind at 122.
As for Number One records? The late singer is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Hot 100 hits on the Billboard charts. According to “The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits,” Houston had 11 Number One hits overall. They are:

“Saving All My Life For You” (1985)
“How Will I Know” (1985)
“Greatest Love Of All” (1986)
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987)
“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (1987)
“So Emotional” (1987)
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (1988)
“I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1990)
“All The Man That I Need” (1991)
“I Will Always Love You” (1992)
“Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” (1995)

And what of the famous guests at Houston’s service at New Hope Baptist Church? How many bonafide No.1 hits are represented in the church? We’ve done our best to try and collate them from the list of confirmed attendees.

Stevie Wonder: The prolific R&B singer-songwriter charted nine No. 1 hits from 1963 to 1985.

“Fingertips – Pt 2” (1963)
“Superstition” (1972)
“You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” (1973)
“You haven’t Done Nothin” (1974)
“I Wish” (1976)
“Sir Duke” (1977)
“Ebony And Ivory” (1982) * Duet with Paul McCartney
“I Just Called To Say I Love You” (1984)
“Part-Time Lover” (1985)

Bobby Brown: The New Edition singer has charted 11 times in his career but has hit No. 1 only twice.

“My Prerogative” (1988) 
“She Ain’t Worth It” (1990) * With Glenn Medeiros

Dionne Warwick: Houston’s cousin and East Orange native charted twice at No. 1.

“Then Came You” (1974) * With The Spinners
“That What Friends Are For” (1985) * Credited as ‘Dionne & Friends’ which included Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder)

Brandy: Sister of Ray J (who also will attend), had one No. 1 hit.

“The Boy Is Mine” (1998) * With Monica

R. Kelly: The R&B singer-songwriter has charted roughly 35 times but only twice at No. 1.

“Bump and Grind” (1994)
“I’m Your Angel” (1998) * With Celine Dion

Beyoncé: No Stranger to the charts, the R&B songstress (and wife and Jay-Z, who is also attending) has made five appearances on the Billboard Top 40.

“Crazy In Love” (2003) * With Jay-Z
“Baby Boy” (2003) * With Sean Paul
“Check On It” (2005) *With Bun-B and Slim Thug
“Irreplaceable” (2006) 
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (2008)

Alicia Keys: The R&B musician charted roughly 20 times on the Billboard chart and has three No. 1 hits.

“Fallin'” (2001)
“My Boo” (2004) * With Usher
“No One” (2007)

Mariah Carey: The R&B singer is a powerhouse in every sense of the word, clocking in with 19 No. 1 hits.

“Vision of Love” (1990)
“Love Takes Time” (1990)
“Someday” (1990)
” I Don’t Wanna Cry” (1990)
“There’s Got To be A Way”
“Emotions” (1991)
“I’ll Be There” (1992)
“Dreamlover” (1993)
“Hero” (1993)
“Fantasy” (1995)
“One Sweet Day” (1995)
“Always Be My Baby” (1996)
“Honey” (1997)
“My All” (1998)
“Heartbreaker” (1999)
“Thank God I Found You” (2000)
“We Belong Together” (2005)
“Don’t Forget About Us” (2005)
“Touch My Body” (2008)

Jay-Z: The A-list rapper/entrepreneur has a slew of hits and has appeared as a collaborator on many, but has only appeared at No. 1 once.

“Empire State of Mind” (2010) * With Alicia Keys

As a collaborator, Jay-Z also appeared on the No. 1 hits:

“Heartbreaker” (1999) for Mariah Carey
“Crazy In Love” (2003) for Beyonce
“Umbrella” (2007) for Rihanna

David Bowie: The rocker has charted roughly 13 times but has only appeared at No. 1 twice.

“Fame” (1975)
“Let’s Dance” (1983)

Darlene Love: Godmother to Houston, the singer and actress snagged two No. 1 hits – one with the Crystals and another as a solo artist.

“He’s A Rebel” (1962) * With The Crystals
“(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” (1963)

Rod Stewart: The rocker has scored five No. 1 hits in his career amidst roughly 34 hits.

“Maggie May” (1971)
“Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” (1976)
“Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” (1978)
“All For Love” (1993) *With Sting and Bryan Adams

Chaka Khan: While the singer has had much success – notably with “I Feel for You” in 1984 which hit No. 3, she has never had a No. 1 hit. Houston remade the Khan classic “I’m Every Woman” in 1993 and it went to No. 4 on the Billboard Top 40 chart.

Ray-J: The R&B singer and brother of Brandy has never charted at No. 1. His highest chart position was with the hit “Sexy Can I” (featuring Yung Berg) in 2008.

Valerie Simpson: The second half of the singer-songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson found fame with hits like “Solid” in 1985, but never charted at No. 1



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One comment

  1. G’Day! Kayceeweezy,
    I know what you mean, I heard she drowned in the tub,but I wanna know how did she drown
    I also heard she died from a drug over dose of prescription drugs and I read that she knew she would end up dying because of the drugs.

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