Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" officially reached 1 billion views on YouTube in October 2020.
The video is only the fourth song from the ’90s to join YouTube’s billion-views club - along with Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain,” Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and The Cranberries’ “Zombie."
It is the first music video released in the 20th century by a solo artist to reach 1 billion views.
Here are 5 facts about the track:
1. Dolly Parton wrote the song and did the original version in 1974, which went to #1 on the Country chart that year.
2. Elvis Presley almost did a cover, however, Dolly Parton refused after she was told that she would need to sign over 50% of the publishing rights to Elvis.
3. The song was famously featured in the movie The Bodyguard, which Houston starred in with Kevin Costner. It is the longest-running number-one single from a soundtrack album.
4. Whitney performed the song at the Grammys in 1993. It won for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
5. Following Whitney’s death, "I Will Always Love You" topped the iTunes Charts. A week later, the single returned to the Billboard Hot 100, after almost 20 years, debuting at No. 7 and peaking at No. 3.
Watch Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You" below.
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