From Whitney to Christina: The 10 Best and Worst Pop Diva Musical Movie Soundtracks

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They dazzle our ears with their bewitching vocals, but when it comes to our eyes, sometimes our favorite pop songstresses soar, shudder, and just plain crash and burn on screen. As a tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston, whose last movie “Sparkle” came out in 2012, MyMusicCloud is taking a look at the Best and Worst Pop Diva Musical Movie Soundtracks, from “The Bodyguard” to “Burlesque.”

Billed as the last movie filmed before Houston’s tragic February death, “Sparkle” casts her as the strict mother and failed singer of a talented young chanteuse, played by real-life chart-climber Jordin Sparks. The two powerhouses sing a new duet (“Celebrate”) in “Sparkle,” which Houston said is actually a remake of one of her own favorite 1976 movies. That version? it was inspired by the life story of another of our top pop divas — Diana Ross.

Miss Ross lands on our top 5 Best Diva Musical Movie Soundtrack list with her emotional portrayal of troubled blues singer Lady Day, modeled after Billie Holliday. “Lady Sings the Blues” earned the singer a Best Actress Oscar nomination and captured pop music fans’ adoration with the singles “Good Morning, Heartache” and “God Bless the Child” in 1972.

The Houston/Ross connection goes even deeper with the 1992 smash hit “The Bodyguard,” in which Houston played spoiled superstar Rachel Marron. The soundtrack racked up five hit singles for Houston: “I Will Always Love You”, “I’m Every Woman”, “Queen of the Night”, and two Oscar nominated songs “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You.”  But the movie was originally cast 20 years earlier with Ross and action star Steve McQueen in the title roles. (McQueen dropped out, cancelling the project.)

Those are just a couple pop diva soundtracks that succeeded, but what about the flops? Mega-diva Mariah Carey wobbled as club ingénue Billie Frank in the goofy “Glitter” while even Oscar winner Cher couldn’t help Christina Aguilera bump and grind her way through “Burlesque.” And who could forget Olivia Newton John as a roller-skating Greek muse in the disco-driven “Xanadu”?

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Best Movie Musical Soundtracks

5.  The Bodyguard: Whitney Houston

4.  Grease: Olivia Newton-John

3. Funny Girl: Barbra Streisand

2. Lady Sings the Blues: Diana Ross

1. Dreamgirls: Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson

Worst Movie Musical Soundtracks

5. Glitter: Mariah Carey

4. Yentl: Barbra Streisand

3. Burlesque: Christina Aguilera & Cher

2. From Justin to Kelly: Kelly Clarkson

1. Xanadu: Olivia Newton-John

Watch the trailer for Whitney Houston’s movie “Sparkle”