Chart Rewind: Whitney Houston’s ‘You Give Good Love’ Leapt To Its Hot 100 Peak This Week in 1985

Published: Friday 24th Jul 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week we’d like to give attention to ‘You Give Good Love’ – the official debut single of Pop icon Whitney Houston.

Join us inside:

Although Whitney Houston kicked off 1985 by being inaugurated to R&B audiences via her introductory tune, ‘Thinking About You,’ the song was not traditionally shopped to top 40 radio stations across the U.S.  For her big launch, Clive Davis – the then-newcomer’s musical mentor and leader at her record label ARISTA – tapped the Kashif Saleem-produced ‘You Give Good Love’ to serve as her official intro to music lovers at large.

A move that quickly proved lucrative, by the time the song’s Karen Bellone-directed music video made its TV rounds alongside her appearances on late nite talk shows (including an unforgettable showing at ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’), ‘Love’ was zooming up the Hot 100.  Eventually peaking at #3 on the tally (where it was found this week that year), the Platinum-certified tune would serve as the launching pad that helped its parent album – her self-titled debut LP – climb to the Billboard 200’s summit and ultimately become one of the best-selling debut albums of all time.

A critical knockout, ‘Love’ landed two Grammy nominations – Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female – at the next year’s ceremony.

On this side of history, despite joining a list chockfull of other classic Houston hits, ‘Love’ stands as an important entry.  Not only for jumpstarting one of Pop history’s most prized careers, but for setting the bar very high for debut singles among vocalists who followed.


Hot 100 This Week in 1985


Hot 100 This Week

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  1. Fancy BISH July 24, 2020

    Beautiful ICON. ❤️ 💯 And look at that chart! 👀 🤳🏽

    • Oh plz July 24, 2020

      Yes Fancy!! Iconic voice, iconic career, iconic beauty 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

  2. Clarks0o0ñ July 24, 2020

    A solo top 10 hit is hard to get not everyone has that to their credit 💅💅

  3. Chez K July 24, 2020

    Oh, Whitney!!! The blueprint. Flawless face, flawless vocal and flawless career.

    I’m sorry that she went down a certain path, but regardless of her hardships that legacy is FOREVER IMPRINTED in the music world.

    We will never witness such talent again in our lifetimes.

    • Oh plz July 24, 2020

      NEVER AGAIN! ❤️❤️

  4. marilyn mon-H-o-E July 24, 2020

    Crackney Houston 😂🤣😂. you give good 🍆

    • EyeOpine July 24, 2020

      Stay the f*** out of posts involving Whitney Houston, Troll. Your incessant attention-seeking antics are pathetic and have no place here. Now suck on that b**** 🍆

    • hate bllackk nn whhytee July 24, 2020

      sexx drugs rock n roll
      Whitney did’nt invent the term,,,,just like she said sexx, drugs, rock n roll is what it was

      ahhhh..The beautiful whitney the voice houston the legendary voice was a gift from GOD.
      shout out to clive davis for brining such a voice to the world…nobody can sing like thee last greatest diva…

    • marilyn mon-H-o-E July 25, 2020

      @sh#T eyes! Say no to drugs, say no to Bobby brown and Chris brown😂🤣😂🤣

      • hate bllackk nn whhytee July 25, 2020

        whitney died from prescription drugs, just like marilyn mon-h-o-e as you call marilyn …be careful dis-respecting the dead you evil b****

      • marilyn mon-H-o-E July 25, 2020

        @ hate bllackk nn whhytee. Yo account Name is already exposed yo damn self is a racist Mofo. Shut it! I can diss anyone I want so gurl bye! I know my sh#t! So back da f:u:c:k off.

  5. KB July 25, 2020

    F*** I MISS TF OUT OF HER! STILL‼️‼️😔😢😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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