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Happy birthday, Whitney Houston: The icon's 8 best musical moments

Meagan Morris is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist living in New York City. In addition to SheKnows, Morris contributes to many publications including The New York Times, Yahoo! News, PopEater, NBC New York and Spinner. Follow he...

Whitney Houston would've turned 50

Whitney Houston would have turned the big 5-0 today. Her 2012 death was sad, but what lives on is her music... and she has plenty of amazing musical performances to remember!
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Whitney wants to dance!

Whitney Houston's 1987 hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is still one of our most favorite music videos ever. What's not to love? The clip has it all: Infectious beats, big '80s fashion and even bigger '80s hair. We still jam to this 26 years later.

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Whitney takes on Dreamgirls

One of Whitney's earliest recordings shows her singing "I Am Changing" from Broadway's Dreamgirls. She recorded the song several times throughout her career, but this is our favorite... it's so raw and real.

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Whitney's big night at the 1994 AMAs

The 1994 American Music Awards was definitely Whitney's night. She won eight awards, but it was her show-stopping medley of "I Loves You Porgy," "I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" and "I Have Nothing" that we really remember.

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The tale of Whitney and Bobby

Whitney and then-husband Bobby Brown attempted to silence the haters with their 1993 duet "Something in Common." No one really bought it, despite the hugs and infectious beats.

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Whitney's girl power anthem

Whitney's 1999 hit "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" was totally our girl power anthem in high school. No one else could blast a cheater like she could.

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Whitney shows her love

What can we say about Whitney's 1985 classic "The Greatest Love of All" that hasn't already been said? It's a perfect song.

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Whitney's spectacular "The Star-Spangled Banner"

We still get chills every time we hear Houston's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1991 Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida. She's the only singer that could make such a difficult song sound so extraordinarily simple. She'll only be imitated... never duplicated.

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We will always love you, Whitney

Dolly Parton might have penned this classic, but Whitney took it to another level for her star turn in The Bodyguard. We have fond memories of skating to this song with our crushes. Thanks, Whitney... we'll always love this song.

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