Thanks to the recent discovery of a super-secret formula for ranking songs, I’ve been able to compile a definitive list of the ten greatest songs of all time.
Because I’m such a nice person, I’ve decided to share the list with you all. And because I’m kind of weird, I’m sharing them in non-sequential order.
The songs so far:
#6 – I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
Why the ranking is justified
She became a bit of a mess at the end of her life, but back in the 80’s and early 90’s, Whitney Houston was as big as they came in the music industry. For all you youngsters out there, she was essentially the Beyoncé of her time, complete with a pop star husband.
But Whitney wasn’t content just being on top of the movie world. She also tried her hand at acting, and perhaps her most famous role was when she teamed up with Kevin Costner in the 1992 movie The Bodyguard. (This was back when Costner was considered one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.)
Most people probably wouldn’t remember the movie it if not for the song that Houston produced for the soundtrack. She took Dolly Parton’s 1974 hit and re-worked it as an R&B power ballad. The result ended up winning two Grammy Awards.
It’s worth noting that according to the formula, this is the greatest song ever sung by a female artist. (I suppose that’s a bit of a spoiler for the #1 song. My apologies to anyone hoping that Blondie’s “Rapture” was going to capture that spot.)
Personal reflection on the song
Long-time readers of the blog will remember when I capitalized on Houston’s death to become the star of Mrs. Cutter’s company holiday party.
Aside from that, I don’t really have much opinion about Whitney. She was a great singer, but her music isn’t exactly my cup of tea. And it’s not like I was especially pumped to watch The Bodyguard either.
I do remember one time in elementary school when our gym teacher recited “Greatest Love of All” over the intercom system. I don’t recall why exactly she did that, and looking back, it was kind of weird. I think it had something to do with the children being the future or something.
What do you think? Does “I Will Always Love You” deserve its lofty ranking? Or did my formula (and keep in mind, it’s infallable!) miss the mark on this one?