Whitney Houston Scores Her First Top 10 Hit Since 2003 with Christmas Hymn
The late great musical icon Whitney Houston is back on the chart again! Allowing his Gospel soul free on the Christmas hymn "Do You Hear What I Hear" with Pentatonix, the song becomes her 25th top 10, and first since 2003. This week, "Do You Hear..." jumps from No. 15 to No. 9 om Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart on the survey dated Dec. 21. The new version marks her first AC top 10 since "Try It on My Own" reached No. 10 in May 2003.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne.The pair wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of Christmas.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" tells a story loosely based upon the story of the nativity of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Matthew, incorporating fragments of the annunciation to the shepherds from the Gospel of Luke, though Jesus is never mentioned by name or explicitly identified.
Houston, who died in February 2012, originally recorded the standard for the all-star 1987 album A Very Special Christmas.
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