A look back at Whitney Houston's enduring sound

Whitney Houston
Singer Whitney Houston during a benefit concert for Camp Joy, at Boston Garden, May 10, 1986.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

For millions of people who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Whitney Houston's music was pretty much the soundtrack of their lives.

Houston made the music for moments many will never forget. Maybe it was your first love or your first kiss, everyone has a Whitney memory.

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From "Saving All My Love for You" to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "I Will Always Love You," her songs remind listeners of a time gone by.

One woman told CBS News, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," reminded her of walking around her bedroom with the hairbrush singing the song. "Gotta love it," she said.

Another said, "Right away (that song) put me back to my sophomore year of college and an aerobics class of all places, and everyone jumping around thinking, 'Oh when I grow up I want to sound like her.' You know? It was pretty amazing."

Houston's songs were stories that her fans could relate to - and whether it was 20 years ago, or 20 minutes ago - Whitney lingers.

Of Houston's version of the Dolly Parton-written power ballad "I Will Always Love You,", one woman commented, "It takes you back to like past relationships and you always meant to have a love for your ex or whoever it is."

And in some ways, that's the value in what Whitney did. Her music stands the test of time -- and there can be no greater tribute to an artist -- than that.

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