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Martika - "Love...Thy Will Be Done" - a forgotten classic

Martika's Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit has been forgotten somewhere in the passage of the sands of time. A shame, because this song should be designated unforgettable. Lyrics written by Prince, and vocals by former Kids Incorporated star Martika.

One of the most powerful songs about love ever written, a testament to resigning yourself to another person. The song has to speak of unrequited love because the luster fades as reality settles in and the closer you approach, the more flaws you can see. But oh, those perfect moments when you love someone only from afar, from a pedestal they have no hope of ever living up to, and you know you can see your whole world in their eyes. A song about giving into the feelings that threaten to overtake you at any moment and finding the satisfaction in no longer resisting.

Oh no longer can I resist the guiding light
The light that gives me the power to keep up the fight
I couldn't be more satisfied
Even when there's no peace outside my window�…

Top 10 Whitney Houston Songs

After hearing about the tragic death of Whitney Houston yesterday, I decided to compile my Top 10 favorites list of her songs.

I own her 2-disc Greatest Hits collection (released in 2000) which contains a disc of ballads and a remix disc of her uptempo and midtempo songs - a decision I could never understand as the remixes were unfailingly inferior to the original versions. About a year ago, I bought a box set of her 3 most successful (non-soundtrack) albums: 1985's Whitney Houston, 1987's Whitney, and 1999's My Love Is Your Love. Most of the below songs are from those three albums.

10. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" (duet with Enrique Iglesias) (2000)
#52 Billboard Hot 100

This largely forgotten duet from her Greatest Hits album is insanely catchy, slinking along on a subtle Latin rhythm. It is unimaginable why this song did not become the monster hit it was destined to be.

I just want all my days
Spent being next to you
Lived for just loving you

9. "I Learned …