Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Houston's voice endures with classic hits; OK for older kids

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Positive Messages

"Step by Step" is a stirring gospel song about facing life's challenges day by day and "Greatest Love of All" celebrates strength and self-worth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's hard to say that Whitney was a positive role model given her history of addiction, but her music was empowering for women everywhere and shows her strength in voice and spirit.

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Sex

No sex, but some kissing and talk of cheating.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 2-CD set contains most of Whitney Houston's biggest hits, and focuses on her pre-addiction glory days. The songs present a much more positive, kid-friendly image of Whitney than what has been portrayed in her final years. It's a showcase of the endless talent and string of hits from the sweet and soulful diva, with messages of strength and survival. Aside from some mature topics like relationships and cheating, both albums are fine for older kids.

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What's the story?

WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE GREATEST HITS ALBUM combines many of Houston's countless hits since the beginning of her career in the '80s with fresh, new remixes by masters like Hex Hector, Junior Vasquez, and Jonathan Peters. The two-disc album set of 36 tracks includes favorites like "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "I Will Always Love You," "I'm Your Baby Tonight," "Greatest Love of All," "One Moment in Time," duets with George Michael, Enrique Iglesias, Faith Evans, and Kelly Price, and even Houston's stirring, unforgettable rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the 1991 XXV Super Bowl. This compilation is a testament to Houston's talent and success, despite a life cut too short.

Is it any good?

There's no question that Houston was one of the most successful, prolific female artists ever. The Greatest Hits albums show just how many of her songs were number one, although some popular singles like "So Emotional" and "I'm Your Baby Tonight" get a remix facelift that true fans might balk at. From her hits in The Preacher's Wife, Waiting to Exhale, and The Bodyguard to the pop ditties of the '80s and the lasting power ballads like "One Moment in Time" and "Greatest Love of All," Whitney's legacy will be one of strength, spirit, and a voice that rose to the heavens like no other before or since.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the unfortunate surge in popularity and success that comes with an artist's passing. Why do you think this is? How does it make you feel?

  • It's no secret that Houston had some struggles in her personal life. How do you think this affects a musician (or actor) in his/her career? Do you think celebrities should be held to a different standard than everyone else?

  • When you see the highs and lows of celebrities in their lives, how does it change your perception of them? Does it change how you feel about their music, movies, work, etc.?

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