On this day in 1987: Whitney Houston became the first women in U.S. history to enter the album chart at #1 with ‘Whitney’. She also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ hit #1.
The album produced five Top 10 U.S. singles. Whitney’s first four singles—’I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘So Emotional’, and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ all peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. Along with three straight #1 singles from Houston’s previous album, this gave the singer an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits, surpassing The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Also impressive, Houston’s seven consecutive #1 singles were all non-duets and not recorded with other major acts; she was the only act featured on each of the seven consecutive number one hits. The album Whitney also included the top ten US hit “Love Will Save The Day”.