The birthday, of course, is one she didn't live to see: Houston died last year in Beverly Hills at the age of 48, plunging the music industry into turmoil the night before the
Yet Houston's music lives on in recorded form -- Sirius XM is in the midst of a day-long tribute to the singer's work -- and in renditions by younger artists, including Beyoncé, whose Mrs. Carter Show tour has her tackling "I Will Always Love You," the Dolly Parton song Houston all but made her own.
Listen to that classic -- along with four of Houston's other finest moments -- below.
"I Will Always Love You"
Recorded for the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" (in which she starred opposite
"How Will I Know" (a cappella)
You'll find no more powerful demonstration of that technique than this vocals-only version of the bubbly dance tune from her self-titled 1985 debut. Jaw-dropping.
A highlight from Houston's hip-hop-inspired "My Love Is Your Love," "Heartbreak Hotel" teamed the singer with Faith Evans and Kelly Price for a slow-burn kiss-off.
"Million Dollar Bill"
Houston's final studio album, 2009's "I Look to You," didn't reignite her career the way she and her longtime mentor,
"I'm Every Woman"
Oh, and speaking of disco...