500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Whitney Houston, 'Whitney Houston'

257. Whitney Houston, 'Whitney Houston'

Arista, 1985

She had been a model and a nightclub singer when she cut this smooth R&B debut. Her vocal gifts and technique are astounding; even slick tracks such as "Greatest Love of All" stick. Best song: "How Will I Know," perky synth funk evoking Houston's family friend Aretha Franklin.

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