Over at 10Listens.com, I wrote a brief commemoration of Whitney Houston:
“The Greatest Love Of All” was already a punchline by the time Sexual Chocolate got a hold of it in Coming To America, and maybe it was a punchline for several good reasons. But certainly none of those reasons are anything Whitney Houston brought to the song. She sold that junior high graduation hymn better than any mortal could ever expect to. Bette Midler could belt the heck out of “From A Distance,” and Mariah Carey could make your mom cry with “Hero,” but neither ever convinced me they were really, truly feeling it. Whitney made “The Greatest Love Of All” schmaltz we can believe in.