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"So Emotional"
Single by Whitney Houston
from the album Whitney
Released November 12, 1987
Format CD single
Cassette single
7" single
Genre R&B, pop rock
Length 4:36

Radio Edit 4:06

Single Version 3:59
Label Arista Records
Writer(s) Billy Steinberg
Tom Kelly
Producer Narada Michael Walden
Whitney Houston singles chronology
"Didn't We Almost Have It All"
"So Emotional"
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go"

"So Emotional" is a song recorded by American pop/ R&B singer Whitney Houston. The song was the third single from her second album Whitney, and was released on November 12, 1987.

"So Emotional" was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly , who also penned Madonna's "Like a Virgin", Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors", Heart's "Alone" (all also previous #1 songs), The Bangles "Eternal Flame" (another #1 song) and Linda Ronstadt's "How Do I Make You". The song centers on Houston loving being in love, singing "I get so emotional / Every time I think of you / I get so emotional / Ain't it shocking what love can do".


Music video

The music video for "So Emotional" (directed by Wayne Isham) features Houston on tour and preparing for the night's concert. Footage is from the concert she performed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


  • UK CD Single
  1. "So Emotional" (Extended Remix) - 7:51
  2. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" (Live) - 6:28
  3. "For the Love of You" - 4:32

Chart information

At this time Houston already had a string of five consecutive number-one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. "So Emotional" went to the #1 position as well, giving her six consecutive number-one singles; putting her in a three-way tie with The Beatles and The Bee Gees. It became the first number-one of 1988, eventually receiving gold certification. The single remained in the Top 40 for fourteen weeks, and also reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart."So Emotional" was ranked sixth on The Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts (1988).

In the United Kingdom the song was remixed by Shep Pettibone when released as a single and peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1987, remaining in the chart for 11 weeks. Elsewhere the single performed moderately well reaching twenty-one in France, twenty-six in Australia and thirty in Switzerland.

Chart (1987) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles 8
UK Singles Chart 5
Australian Singles Chart 26
Sweden Top 60 Singles 30
France Top 50 Singles 21

In pop culture

In a 1988 episode of Kids Incorporated called "The Picks Up", "So Emotional" was sung by Stacy Ferguson, who would later be a member of Wild Orchid and, as Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas.

The song was used in the 1993 "The Tangled Web" episode of Melrose Place.

Preceded by
"Faith" by George Michael
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
January 9, 1988
Succeeded by
"Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison
Preceded by
"Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
December 26, 1987 - January 2, 1988
Succeeded by
"I'm Beggin' You" by Supertramp


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