Song of the Day #4,240: ‘So Emotional’ – Whitney Houston

Like The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston earned entrance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the first time she was nominated. In her case, that nomination came ten years after her initial eligibility in 2010.

Had she made it in back then she would have been alive to see it happen, but Houston drowned in a bathtub two years later while under the influence of several drugs. She died the night before that year’s Grammy awards, turning that celebration into a solemn affair (shades of Kobe Bryant’s pre-Grammys passing this year).

I imagine Houston would have made it into the Rock Hall even sooner if her music leaned more towards pop/rock than R&B and gospel. Her resume is undeniable. She is one of the best-selling artists of all-time, with more than 200 million worldwide record sales. Almost every one of her albums went multi-Platinum.

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Houston as the most-awarded female artist ever, having earned more than 400 awards at the time of her passing. Add this recognition to the list.

[Intro]
I don’t know why I like it
I just do

[Verse 1]
I’ve been hearing your heartbeat inside of me
I keep your photo right beside my bed
Livin’ in a world of fantasies
I can’t get you out of my head
I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring all night
Why you wanna make me feel so good?
I got a love of my own, babe
I shouldn’t get so hung up on you

[Pre-Chorus]
I remember the way that we touched
I wish I didn’t like it so much

[Chorus]
I get so emotional, baby
Everytime I think of you
I get so emotional, baby
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?

[Verse 2]
I gotta watch you walk in the room, baby
I gotta watch you walk out
I like the animal way you move
And when you talk
I just watch your mouth

[Pre-Chorus]
I remember the way that we touched
I wish I didn’t like it so much

[Chorus]
I get so emotional, baby
Everytime I think of you
I get so emotional, baby
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?

I get so emotional, baby
Everytime I think of you
I get so emotional, baby
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?

[Outro]
See I remember the way that we touched
I wish I didn’t like it so much

I get so emotional, baby
Everytime I think of you
I get so emotional, baby
Ain’t it shocking what love can do?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,240: ‘So Emotional’ – Whitney Houston

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    While the name “Rock Hall” sounds great, the inclusion of artists like Houston, who are really pop and R&B, suggests that the Hall should probably be rebranded the Popular Music Hall.

  2. Rob says:

    I echo your sentiments. I find the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is quite soft when it comes to who gets in. To me, a Hall of Fame should only include the truly, truly exceptional, much like the Baseball Hall of Fame works. If too many artists get in, it dilutes the stock. I for one, do not believe many artists who have made it to the Hall of Fame, deserve the recognition. It’s no longer a real “hall of fame”, merely a collection of artists with moderate to outstanding success and influence.

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