December 18, 2012
There will always be the voice. Despite her troubles -- the drug and alcohol abuse, the failed comebacks, the Bobby Brown-ness of it all -- Houston's mark on music is undeniable, her "I Will Always Love You" still goosebumps-inducing good, her influence seen in singers such as Mariah Carey, Brandy and Kelly Clarkson. And you will always sing along to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Don't pretend otherwise.
Houston died Feb. 11 from drowning due to drug use and heart disease. She was 48.