Top 5 Whitney Houston Performances

From a Super Bowl song to a pre-fame variety show visit, here are the late legend's best.

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R&B legend Whitney Houston, who died on Feb. 11 at the age of 48, gave so many memorable performances, it was a challenge just to pick five. As we look back on the life of one of music’s greatest performers, here are our five favorite performances.


“The Star Spangled Banner” –Jan. 27, 1991

At Super Bowl XXV in Tampa Bay, Fla., just days after the United States entered the Persian Gulf War, Houston gave one of the most memorable performances of the national anthem since Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. This is the standard by which all other national anthem performances are judged.

“Home” –April 29, 1983


Nineteen-year-old Houston made her television debut with a song from The Wiz on The Merv Griffin Show, two years before her self-titled album was released. It was clear even then that Houston was destined to be a star.