Billboard #1 Hits: #774: ‘I Will Always Love You’- Whitney Houston. November 28, 1992- #1 for 13 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘I Will Always Love You’- Whitney Houston
- Record Company- Arista
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Dolly Parton
- Time: 4:31
- B-side: ‘ Jesus Loves Me’
- Album- The Bodyguard Soundtrack
- Grade: A-
- Peaked at #1 14 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart. I am not going to list all the other countries where it was #1- every country listed- it was #1- I have never seen anything like that. Boyz II Men had just broken Debby Boone’s record of 10 weeks in a row at #1- a record from 1977 to 1992– then just a couple weeks later- “I Will Always Love You’ starts its run at #1- which breaks the just set record- going 14 weeks in a row- from November 28. 1992- March 6, 1993. Note in 1993 Billboard changed the formula for determining their charts. ‘I Will Always Love You’- written by Dolly Parton in 1973- her farewell song for Porter Waggoner. I liked Dolly’s original over Houston’s. This was Whitney Houston’s 10th #1- she would only have one more.
I give her record a grudging “C” but the song itself is good and Dolly’s version is worth an “A-” at very least. Houston’s vocal contortions and dog-scaring soprano bits get on my nerves.
Not a song I care to hear again- enough of it 30 years ago.
I like Dolly’s version better…I can do without the vocal gymnastics of Houston’s version. I have to always wonder Hans how Elvis would have done this song….he would have without the Colonel butting in.
i can hear Elvis singing this!
Agree Dave, off the scale show-off vocals don’t add to a fine heartfelt song.
Dolly singing that song in the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” is the best version. Houstons’ starts out good, but then the over singing kicks in. I like a few of her tunes, but this one makes me crazy. The best moment for her; singing the National Anthem at the super bowl.