Because she has a technically polished voice like Patti Austin's — as opposed to a raspy character voice like, say, Chaka Khan's — her interpretive approach is what sets her apart.
She starts off cautious and contained, singing the song as written and enunciating the words clearly.
The singer was once married to Bobby Brown, and the two had an infamously turbulent relationship.
Did you know that these famous men were also linked to Whitney?
Brown was accused of domestic violence in 1993 after Houston claimed he slapped her during a jealous argument. Whitney's most recent romantic partner was 31-year-old rapper Ray J -- who was infamously linked to Kim Kardashian in their 2003 sex tape. The two dated on-and-off for four years, after Houston divorced Bobby in 2007.
Whitney and Ray J were spotted together weeks before Houston's death, which sparked rumors of a reconciliation.
And although it's awfully reminiscent of the Pointer Sisters' "He's So Shy," "How Will I Know" is still irresistibly danceable.