1988: Where Do Broken Hearts Go By Whitney Houston

Composed by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson. Recorded by Whitney Houston for her second studio album, Whitney. Smokey Robinson originally wanted to record the song but the composers held it for Whitney Houston. The singer did not like Where Do Broken Hearts Go as she felt there was no special message to convey. In an interview in 2000, Whitney said that she “hated the song”. However, Arista Records CEO (Clive Davis) believed it would go to No.1 if Whitney recorded it, so she agreed. It became her seventh consecutive No.1 single in the USA, also reaching No.1 in Canada. Genres: Pop, R&B. Whitney remained perplexed by the song and its lyrics. Co-writer Frank Wildhorn later recalled that she sent him a letter asking “Where do broken hearts go? I have no idea”.

Chart History (1988)Peak Position
Australia48
Belgium28
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart1
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart6
Iceland8
Ireland2
Italy24
Netherlands47
New Zealand23
Spain32
United Kingdom14
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart1
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart1
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart2
Year-End Charts (1988)Final Position
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart74
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart2
USA Billboard Hot 100 Chart33
USA Billboard R&B / Hip-Hop Songs Chart 47