Day 179: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
Reached #1: June 27, 1987 (her fourth, 2 weeks)
Previously: Day 9, Day 138

Can we turn back the clock?

It’s hard to look at the video of a young, pre-BigStar Whitney Houston now, isn’t it?  Knowing how the story ended makes the beginning a little rougher to revisit.

A couple of notes, as I don’t want to be all somber about this…

The song that was originally supposed to fill this spot on the album was “Waiting For A Star To Fall”, written by the duo Boy Meets Girl (who had already written “How Will I Know” for her).  When Houston’s camp passed on “Waiting”, they did the song themselves and had a top 10 hit with it.

At that, Houston’s team wasn’t convinced when Boy Meets Girl came back with this single – they thought it wasn’t quite a fit for her sound.   Producer Narada Michael Walton said it sounded like an Olivia Newton-John country single… clearly, he got over the objection, as he produced what turned out to be Houston’s fourth straight #1 single.

Tomorrow, one of those bands that a lot of people love to hate…

Other songs that reached #1 on June 27:
1960 –
“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” by Connie Francis (her first, 2 weeks)
1964 – “A World Without Love” by Peter & Gordon (their first, 1 week)
1970 – “The Love You Save” by the Jackson 5 (their fourth, 2 weeks)


One comment on “Day 179: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

  1. […] Song: “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney HoustonReached #1: October 26, 1985 (her first, 1 week)Previously: Day 9, Day 138, Day 179 […]

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