Count On Me (Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans song)

"Count on Me"
Single by Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans
from the album Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album
Released March 4, 1996
Recorded 1995
Genre R&B, gospel
Length 4:26
Label Arista
Writer(s) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Whitney Houston, Michael Houston
Producer(s) Babyface
Certification Gold
Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album track listing
"How Could You Call Her Baby"
"Count on Me"
Whitney Houston chronology
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
"Count on Me"
"Why Does It Hurt So Bad"
CeCe Winans chronology
"Every Time"
"Count on Me"
"Well Alright," "What About You," "Slippin'"

"Count on Me" is a duet by American recording artists Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans. It is an uplifting song about leaning on a friend for support when needed. Released in early 1996, the song was the fourth single from the soundtrack album of the motion picture Waiting to Exhale, and the second single by Houston released from that album and its soundtrack. became Winans highest position reached on the US Hot 100 as the single reached the top ten, peaking at number eight. It was certified gold in the U.S.

Critical reception

Chicago Tribune editor Greg Kot wrote that the soul is present on this song and it doesn't sound "particularly enraptured".[1] Allmusic editor Craig Lytle praised: "She (Whitney) teams with Cece Winans on the inspirational duet "Count on Me," and both accomplished singers raise all hopes with their comforting vocals."[2] Billboard called this song torchy.[3] The Orlando Sentinel wrote that "with its swelling choruses and shouted pledges of friendship" the song "is infused with We Are the World earnestness and overkill, but the performances save it from being too treacly".[4]

Music video

The music video for the song features Houston and Winans giving a concert performance, while clips of the Waiting to Exhale feature film are sporadically mixed in. The "Count on Me" music video peaked at number one on music channels BET, MTV, and VH1.

References in pop culture

On a Valentines Day episode of Sister Sister, the three principal actors: Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry and Marques Houston, sing the song at a karaoke bar. They sing the first two verses and the chorus.


Weekly charts

Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 87
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 28
Germany (Media Control Charts)[7] 75
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 34
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9] 26
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 31
UK Singles Chart[11] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 8
US Billboard Adult Top 40[13] 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[13] 4
Chart (2012) Peak
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[14] 147
Chart (2015) Peak
US Billboard Gospel Streaming Songs[15] 14

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 48
US R&B Singles[17] 35


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 800,000[19]

*sales figures based on certification alone


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  6. Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  7. "German Charts - 1997". World Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  8. Steffen Hung. "Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans - Count On Me". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
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  11. "Whitney Houston | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  12. "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". 1996-05-04. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  13. 1 2 David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time' (2011-11-08). "Billboard - News - David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time'". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  14. "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: February 12, 2012 to February 18, 2012)". Gaon Chart. January 5, 2013. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  15. "Gospel Streaming Songs - Week of April 11, 2014". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  16. "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  17. "Billboard.BIZ". Billboard.BIZ. 1996-12-31. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  18. "American single certifications – Houston, Whitney & CeCe Winans – Count on Me". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015.

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