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Whitney Houston - Love Will Save the Day (1987)

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“Love Will Save the Day” is a song recorded by American singer Whitney Houston from her second multi-platinum ...

“Love Will Save the Day” is a song recorded by American singer Whitney Houston from her second multi-platinum studio album Whitney (1987). The song was released on July 5, 1988 by Arista Records as the album’s fifth single. The song did not have a music video but still was successful, climbing into the US Top Ten. “Love Will Save the Day” is the fastest-tempoed song on the album Whitney. Written by Toni C, produced by John “Jellybean” Benitez, it is one of the uptempo numbers on the album that also includes “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “So Emotional.”

Critical reception

Los Angeles Times editor Robert Hilburn described the song as a “hollow dance track that tries to mix social comment with dance-floor vigor.” Rolling Stone’s Vince Alleti wrote: “Jellybean clicks neatly with “Love Will Save the Day,” the only song to even remotely acknowledge the problems of the world at large and the most vivaciously percussive track on the record.” Whitney fanpage described this song as Latin influenced, sparkling song. St. Petersburg Times editors Eric Snider and Annelise Wamsley described Love Will Save the Day: “a unique tune on an extremely mainstream album. Its lively Afro-Cuban flavor, driven by a wall of clattering percussion, is truly joyous.”

Chart performance

At this time, Whitney Houston had achieved a record-breaking string of seven consecutive number-one hits, with four of those #1’s from her current album “Whitney”. “Love Will Save the Day” did not become Houston’s eighth consecutive number one, but continued her trend of hit singles by peaking in the US Top 10. The song also made the Top 10 without an accompanying music video.

The song remained in the Top 40 for 11 weeks, and reached #5 on the US R&B Chart, and #1 on the Hot Club/Dance Play Tracks. On the Radio & Records Airplay chart the song debuted at #33 on the July 7, 1988 issue, after five weeks it reached and peaked at #7 staying there for two weeks and staying on the top 10 of the chart for four weeks, the single remained on the chart for ten weeks.

In the Netherlands, it reached number 6, #10 in the United Kingdom, and the Top 20 in Switzerland.

After her death in 2012, Entertainment Weekly would rank the song #20 on its list Whitney Houston: Her 25 Best Songs and stated: “the Miami bass and spicy horns on this high-BPM (beats per minute) dance-pop workout pointed to Houston’s willingness to experiment and evolve.”

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