‘The Bodyguard’ is a 1992 romantic thriller film written by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson. Singer Whitney Houston made her acting debut in this film, playing the lead female opposite Kevin Costner. Others who starred in the movie were Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs, and Ralph Waite. It grossed $411 million at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest-grossing film of 1992. One of the many aspects of ‘The Bodyguard’ that received praise was the soundtrack, which featured five tracks that Whitney Houston released as singles. The soundtrack album sold more than 45 million copies, making it the best-selling soundtrack album of all time. Here is a ranking of all the songs for ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack.
12. It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M.
‘It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day’ is a song that was originally recorded in 1977 by Bill Withers, who co-wrote the song with Skip Scarborough. The cover version of the song used in the soundtrack for ‘The Bodyguard’ was performed by The S.O.U.L. S.S.Y.S.T.E.M., and it topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Party chart.
11. Trust in Me, Joe Cocker ft. Sass Jordan
Another song that features in ‘The Bodyguard’ is ‘Trust in Me.’ It is performed by English singer Joe Cocker and features vocals by Canadian rock singer Sass Jordan. The song appears on ‘The Bodyguard: The Original Soundtrack Album’ as the twelfth track. Cocker and Jordan co-wrote the song with Francesca Beghe.
10. Someday (I’m Coming Back), Lisa Stansfield
British singer Lisa Stansfield recorded ‘Someday (I’m Coming Back)’ in 1992, and she co-wrote the song with Ian Devaney and Andy Morris. It was released as a single in the UK, then later in other European countries. Lisa Stansfield included the track on her 2003 album ‘Biography: The Greatest Hits.’
9. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, Curtis Stigers
Nick Lowe wrote and recorded ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding’ in 1974. It has been covered by multiple artists, including Elvis Costello and the Attractions. However, it is Curtis Stigers’ version that is used in the soundtrack for ‘The Bodyguard.’
8. Waiting for You, Kenny G
Jazz singer Kenny G wrote and recorded ‘Waiting for You’, especially for ‘The Bodyguard.’ It is one of two songs recorded by the jazz saxophonist for the film. He has also recorded music for films such as ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘The Shadow,’ and ‘Dying Young.’
7. Even If My Heart Would Break, Kenny G and Aaron Neville
‘Even If My Heart Would Break’ is one of the two songs recorded by Kenny G for ‘The Bodyguard. The song also features Aaron Neville, who is an R&B and soul singer. It was written by Franne Golde and Adrian Gurvitz.
6. Jesus Loves Me, Whitney Houston
Best Ever Albums lists ‘Jesus Loves Me’ as one of the best songs from ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack. It is a traditional hymn written by Anna Bartlett Warner, and it originally appeared as a poem in the 1860 novel ‘Say and Seal.’ The song has been featured in many films, and it is performed by Whitney Houston in ‘The Bodyguard.’
5. I’m Every Woman, Whitney Houston
‘I’m Every Woman’ was the second single released by Whitney Houston from the film’s soundtrack. It was originally recorded by Chaka Khan for her solo debut album in 1978, and it was written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. Whitney Houston’s version was a top ten hit in multiple countries, including the United States and the UK.
4. Queen of the Night, Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston co-wrote ‘Queen of the Night’ with L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons, and Babyface. It was the fifth and final single she released from the film’s soundtrack. As well as featuring in the movie, this song is also played during the closing credits. It is an uptempo hard rock song about ruling the nightclub scene.
3. Run to you, Whitney Houston
Jud Friedman and Allan Rich wrote ‘Run to You,’ which was recorded by Whitney Houston for ‘The Bodyguard,’ and which she also released as her fourth single from the film. ‘Run to You’ was originally a breakup song, but director Mick Jackson asked for it rewritten as a love song. This song was a top ten hit in Canada, Ireland, and Portugal, and it peaked at number ten on the US Adult Contemporary chart. The music video for the song features Houston running on clouds and scenes from the film.
2. I Have Nothing, Whitney Houston
‘I Have Nothing’ was written by Linda Thompson and David Foster, and it was the third single that Houston released from ‘The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album.’ It topped the US Adult Contemporary chart and three Canadian charts, and it peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it peaked at number fourteen on the charts. The music video from the song includes scenes from the movie.
1. I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston
Not only is ‘I Will Always Love You’ the best song from ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack, but it is also Whitney Houston’s most successful single. The song was written by country singer Dolly Parton, who was also the first to record the song. A fact many people do not realize is that another version of the song is also heard in the film. John Doe’s cover of the song is playing in the background when Costner and Houston’s characters are dancing together. When Houston released the song as a single, it sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. It won multiple awards, including two Grammy Awards, and topped the charts in 26 countries.