April 1988: Whitney Huston became the first artist to score 11 consecutive No.1’s on the Billboard Chart

Written by on 26 April, 2023

This month marks the 35th anniversary of a remarkable achievement in music history – on April 26th, 1988, Multi award – winning Whitney Houston became the first artist ever to score seven consecutive number one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. This incredible feat solidified Houston’s place as one of the most talented and successful musicians of her time, and her legacy has continued to inspire artists around the world.

With the release of her single “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” in early ’88, Whitney Houston set the record as the only artist ever to reach the milestone of seven consecutive No. 1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. With her first two landmark albums, “Whitney Houston” in 1985 and “Whitney,’’ in 1987, Queen of the Night Houston took to the stage with an entrance the world would never forget.

  1. “Saving All My Love For You”
  2. “How Will I Know”
  3. “Greatest Love of All”
  4. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
  5. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
  6. “So Emotional”
  7. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” 

Houston’s streak of seven consecutive number one hits began in 1985 with “Saving All My Love for You,” which won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She followed up that success with “How Will I Know,” “The Greatest Love of All,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go.” Each of these songs showcased Houston’s incredible vocal range and ability to convey a range of emotions, from joy to heartbreak and everything in between.


Houston’s achievement was particularly remarkable because it came at a time when the music industry was still dominated by men. She broke through barriers and shattered records, inspiring countless young women, and girls to pursue their dreams of becoming musicians. Her impact on the industry was so profound that she was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

Sadly, Houston’s life was cut tragically short when she passed away in 2012 at the age of 48. But her legacy as a trailblazing musician and inspiration to generations of artists lives on. Today, we celebrate her remarkable achievement 35 years ago and the enduring impact she has had on music and culture.





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