Two years in the making, Houston's 1985 debut album Whitney Houston was heralded bycritics and audiences alike as the arrival of a new superstar. "It was time for singing to come back again, to listen to words, to feel what somebody was saying instead of what the beat was," said 21-year-old Houston (pictured at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 25, 1986), attempting to explain her overnight success to Rolling Stone. Though the album had a slow climb to No. 1, it spawned three chart-topping singles ("Saving All My Love for You," "You Give Good Love" and "Greatest Love of All"), and went on to set the record for the biggest-selling debut by a solo artist. Of course, just as the reviews predicted, this was only the beginning.