1987: I Wanna Dance with Somebody By Whitney Houston

Composed by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. Recorded by Whitney Houston for her second studio album Whitney. The song won the Favorite Pop / Rock Single Award at the American Music Awards and Whitney won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s fifth favourite 1980’s No.1 in a poll for television broadcaster ITV. The song was produced by Narada Michael Walden, who had this to say “It reminded me of a rodeo song with Olivia Newton-John singing. I love Olivia Newton-John but for Whitney Houston it didn’t seem right. I felt the song needed a much more funkier feel. I slept dreaming about it, woke up in the morning thinking about it, wondering what am I gonna do with this dance song? So we just jumped in the water and lo and behold a magic record was born, Whitney just knocked it out and then I knew we had a good record”. Following Whitney’s death in 2012, the song re-entered music charts in many countries, reaching No.1 in the United Kingdom on the Dance Singles Chart. Chart-History. Genres: Dance Pop, R&B. George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam are an American songwriting duo and singers. As performers they had a No.1 hit in the USA in 1988 with the song Waiting For A Star To Fall. They also composed two songs recorded by Whitney Houston which both went to No.1: How Will I Know, and I Wanna Dance With Somebody