“Didn’t We Almost Have It All” by Whitney Houston

Whitney, in this song, discusses a relationship that may have been on the verge of ending, while recalling the times when almost everything was perfect.

Here, the singer recounts how both parties were once solely dedicated to loving each other and spending more time together. During those times, they could weather all storms and stick close till morning. The writer could possibly be referring to the early stages of a romantic relationship where people in love are the center of each other’s world and feel every single emotion.

Throughout the track, the writer reminisces on their best moments as she seeks to remind her partner that they could work out their differences if they focus on why and how they fell in love in the first place.


Didn’t We Almost Have It All highlights a relationship that had a lot of potential to become extremely beautiful but may not have reached its peak because of certain circumstances.

Facts about “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”

This classic was not composed by Houston. The writing and production team behind it was made up of the following writers and producers:

  • Michael Masser
  • Will Jennings

Released on August 13, 1987 “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” became the second single off Whitney’s second album titled Whitney (1987).

Two months after its release, it occupied the first position on the Hot 100 in America. It also peaked at the summit of the US Adult Contemporary chart, and second on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the same region.

It also earned a nomination for the “for Song of the Year” prize at the Grammy Awards.

The official music video to this classic is actually footage from one of her concerts in 1987.

As the song made headlines, it received lots of positive reviews from the public with some music experts calling it one of 1980s most powerful ballads.

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