3. Greatest Love Of All
As Don Lemon pointed out on CNN, “Greatest Love Of All” is a remake. George Benson originally recorded it in the late 70s. No disrespect to George Benson, but nobody remembers his version. Whitney released it in 1986, her vocals dispelled any memories of any other renditions. Stephen Holden of The New York Times called Houston’s version “a compelling assertion of spiritual devotion, black pride, and family loyalty, all at once.” To put it plainly, Whitney took pop music to church on this song.