Composed by George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam and Narada Michael Walden. The song was originally intended for Janet Jackson, but she turned it down. Whitney Houston recorded the song for her debut studio album Whitney Houston, with altered lyrics and production from Narada Michael Walden. The song is about a young woman trying to discern if a young man she likes will ever like her back. It was Whitney’s first No.1 song in Canada and her second in the USA. Chart-History. The music video won an MTV award for Best Female Video. Genre: Synth-funk. 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.