Greatest Love of All (4:51)

Cover of Whitney Houston

From Whitney Houston and 38 other releases

“The Greatest Love of All” is a song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and originally recorded by George Benson for the 1977 Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest. (A live version by Benson appears on 1978’s Weekend in L.A.) The song was later popularized by Whitney Houston. Creed wrote the lyrics in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The words describe her feelings about coping with great challenges that one must face in life, being strong during those challenges whether you succeed or fail, and passing that strength on to children to carry with them into their adult lives. Creed eventually succumbed to the disease in April 1986 at the age of 36; at the time her song was an international hit by Whitney Houston.

The song received critical acclaim and became a big hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada and the US, while reaching the top 20 in most countries, including Italy, Sweden and UK. It remains her third biggest US hit, after “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”. All three songs, in order of their former popularity, re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart, after Houston’s death, debuting the same week at numbers 7, 35 and 41, respectively, giving Houston three posthumous chart hits.


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I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

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  • straw4uberry

    makes this song even sadder knowing what happened to her daughter last week, after everything...

    4 Feb 12:17am Reply
  • straw4uberry

    RIP Whitney, may God watch over your daughter hope she makes a quick recovery.

    4 Feb 12:17am Reply
  • hf1809

    great song...****

    24 Jan 1:26pm Reply
  • The8Wonder

    Soulless compared to George Benson's original.

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    It's hard to choose a favorite among so many great tracks, but 'Greatest Love of All' is one of the best, most powerful songs ever written about self-preservation, dignity. Its universal message crosses all boundaries and instills one with the hope that it's not too late to better ourselves. Since, Elizabeth, it's impossible in this world we live in to empathize with others, we can always empathize with ourselves. It's an important message, crucial really. And it's beautifully stated on the album.

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
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    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Frazerman

    Great Ballad.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • VonSkinflint

    A world without divas like Whitney Houston and Donna Summer is a world becoming the more and more without beauty and grace.

    16 Mar 2014 Reply
  • treradical

    this song is so fun to sing along with

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ulisses52

    sempre gui um fa de whitney houston, nunca escondi o quantio gostava de dela e de suas musicas que saio inesqueciveis para mim!vai-se uma diva fica seus maiores sucessos! que deus a tenha em bom lugar!

    18 Nov 2013 Reply

    I found the greatest love of all.! ... nice sounds ...

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Now this is a love song. I play it for my wife. My wildflower....this song fits her to a "T". God is love....don't forget that.

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Patrica123

    Super Song <3

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
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  • kkingjjohn

    Greatest Love Of All - This Song & Album Is One Of My Favorite From Her. RIP

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Bolters

    So outstanding!!!!!

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • abunono

    Kuka voi melkein vain pieru tänään, haluaa olla suuri tähti!

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • giegiegiengsoel

    very good,,

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • rayneonme

    This song... this album....One day my dear Whitney I will tell you just how much it means to me <3333

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
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