CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis

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    The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales with appropriate weighting too plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

    1 1992 – I Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard] – 33,620,000
    2 1987 – I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) [Whitney] – 19,630,000
    3 1992 – I Have Nothing [The Bodyguard] – 11,570,000
    4 1985 – How Will I Know [Whitney Houston] – 11,350,000
    5 1985 – Greatest Love of All [Whitney Houston] – 7,730,000
    6 1985 – Saving All My Love for You [Whitney Houston] – 5,320,000
    7 1998 – My Love Is Your Love [My Love Is Your Love] – 4,940,000
    8 1990 – All the Man That I Need [I’m Your Baby Tonight] – 4,930,000
    9 1990 – I’m Your Baby Tonight [I’m Your Baby Tonight] – 4,420,000
    10 1998 – When You Believe [My Love Is Your Love] – 4,010,000
    11 1992 – Run to You [The Bodyguard] – 3,490,000
    12 1992 – I’m Every Woman [The Bodyguard] – 2,840,000
    13 1998 – It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay [My Love Is Your Love] – 2,810,000
    14 1987 – Didn’t We Almost Have It All [Whitney] – 2,220,000
    15 1996 – I Believe in You and Me [The Preacher’s Wife] – 2,170,000
    16 1996 – Step by Step [The Preacher’s Wife] – 1,860,000
    17 1987 – Where Do Broken Hearts Go [Whitney] – 1,830,000
    18 1985 – You Give Good Love [Whitney Houston] – 1,770,000
    19 1987 – So Emotional [Whitney] – 1,500,000
    20 1998 – Heartbreak Hotel [My Love Is Your Love] – 1,340,000

    If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Whitney Houston playlist on Spotify!

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    HI MDJ, can you tell us how many physical singles has whitney houston sold in USA?


    What about Waiting To Exhale?


    I wonder why hers and mariah touring numbers arent nearly as good as celine and madonna even if all their sales are insane


    Mariah was never a huge touring act, even at her commercial peak, she only did like 13 shows total. Whitney Houston was a touring machine, doing over 400 shows between 1985 – 1999, but she toured before ticket prices spiked thru the roof, during the 00’s and 10’s. She didn’t overcharge people to come see her during her peak in the Bodyguard years too. Madonna’s touring numbers were good in the 80’s & 90’s, but she didn’t start bringing in huge numbers until the 2000’s, when artists started charging hundreds – thousands of dollars for 2 hour shows. Celine benefited… Read more »


    What’s interesting is that even in the 80s and 90s Madonna far outgrossed both Whitney and Tina if you compare how many concerts they did.

    Tina for example did hundreds of shows on her tours, but Madonnas tours were far more successful if you compare how much they grossed with the number of shows they did.

    Tina Turner Break Every Rule tour made 60 million out of 218 shows.

    Madonnas Who’s That Girl made 25 million out of 38 shows.


    Well, yes. Because Madonna overcharged people back then. She always did.


    Or maybe other females couldn’t afford to charge as high prices as Madonna?

    That shows a lot about Madonnas star power if anything.


    Yes, Barbra Streisand charges even more than her. But its still greedy imo. Adele is starting to do it now. Horrible.

    Ultimate Master

    Can you please correct in Page 34 at the article, the seventh album doesn’t have question mark(?) in it’s name, which looks like (Just Whitney?) instead of the correct one (Just Whitney)

    Ultimate Master

    To those creators of this site, especially MJD, we need an update for Whitney’s article since it’s already longer than we expected.


    Hello MJD , what are your estimations of Whitney’s albums sales in Argentina , Mexico and Brasil besides The Bodyguard? for the markets that are N/A i read that you use some formula were there’s no certification/known sales.

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