How many times have you heard a song that reminded you of the past? Have you ever played a song on repeat during a break up or to inspire yourself to work toward a goal? Music definitely creates emotion and it also triggers memories.


Whitney Houston’s music is evident of that. Influence may be too weak a word to describe Whitney’s effect on singers who came after her.


Whitney was one of the best-selling female artists of all time and one of the most popular musical acts of the 1980s and 90s. She possessed a voice that was often imitated but rarely duplicated. I simply give her the title of The Voice.


Whitney defined the style that almost everyone on American Idol uses, whether black or white, female or male. Whitney’s death has heavily impacted the music industry from the Pre-Grammy party controversy to the multiple tweets per second by music’s biggest names including Adele, Beyonce and Mariah Carey.


But is her death as monumental as Michael Jackson’s?


In the field of music, Michael Jackson is seen as one of its biggest contributors. Although Whitney topped the charts, she didn’t leave the lasting stamp that Michael did.


Thriller in my eyes will never grow old, unlike Whitney’s I Will Always Love You, which can be overplayed. In the field of movies Whitney leads this with leading roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher’s Wife.


I don’t believe Michael tried to get into the acting business—he focused his attention on the music video field.


As for the future, Michael was on the verge of a series of concerts in London that might have given final shape and definition to his career, after which he expected to retire.


Meanwhile, concert reviews for Whitney over the last year have been less than glowing. However, Whitney had just completed work on the highly anticipated remake movie Sparkle, which many believed would be her comeback project.


Ultimately, I think it’s pointless to continue comparing the two.


I believe both would be delighted for each other for one more chance to take a breath and perform one more time. As a fan of both artists and music in general, I believe that’s the only thing the rest of us should take away by comparing their tragedies.


If I had to pick a side I think that Whitney’s death was more tragic than Michael’s. Michael was able to show us that he still had it—the voice and charisma we grew to love in his last years.


Whitney was never able to show the world again why she was queen. Her drug addiction overshadowed her.