Whitney Houston had an unmistakable influence on the music industry, as well as pop culture as a whole — and we miss her terribly. What a beautiful soul, who was taken from us far too soon. We’d like to remember the singer and actress today.

Whitney’s death affected us all — she was an icon that many of us admired — and it’s hard not to focus on her tragic end. But the multiple grammy award winner had an incredible life that needs to be remembered with love and enthusiasm.

Whitney was one of music’s best-selling artists of all time, selling an estimated 200 million records. To this day, she is the only person to ever release seven consecutive songs to reach the No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nobody has come close to accomplishing that.

Not only a singer but an outstanding actress. She had an amazing film career, starring in movies like Waiting To Exhale and, of course the mega hit movie,The Bodyguard. Whitney also composed the soundtrack; “I Will Always Love You,” her seminal hit, is the best-selling song by a woman in music history. The soundtrack made Whitney the first artist to sell over a million copies of an album within a week. Additionally, the album was the #4 best-selling of all time; Whitney’s on that list as the top female artist.

It’s incredible what she did with her work, and the legacy she left after her death. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever reach the level of success she conquered in her lifetime, and rightly so.

Check out a few of Whitney’s video below:

Saving All My Love For You

So Emotional (live Japan)

I’m Your Baby Tonight

I Will Always Love You

Heartbreak Hotel ft. Faith Evans & Kelly Price

Try It On My Own

Million Dollar Bill

I Look to You

May she continue to Rest In Peace (August 9, 1963 – February 12, 2012)

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