Listen: The 15 Aretha Franklin songs that prove she is the one true Queen of Soul
As the music world loses one of its timeless gems, we celebrate the life and times of Aretha Franklin with a definitive career spanning playlist. Listen below.
The music world lost one of its most prized possessions on August 16. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has passed away at the age of 76 at her Detroit home, where family and friends had gathered during her final days.
The first woman ever to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Franklin's career took off after she signed onto Atlantic Records in 1967. With back to back hits such as 'Respect', '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman', 'Spanish Harlem' and 'Think', Franklin cemented herself as one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged, and by the end of the 60s she rightfully earned the title of 'Queen of Soul'.
Known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, vocal flexibility, skillful piano-playing, and raw, untamed vocal prowess, Franklin recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard. She also went on to become one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. With a total of 18 Grammy awards across a career that spanned over half a century, she proved her mettle by staying in the spotlight through the decades as she modified her style and sound through the ages.
Aging with utmost grace, she collaborated with other industry greats, including the likes of Keith Richards ('Jumping Jack Flash'), George Michael ('I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)'), Stevie Wonder (Until You Come Back to Me), Frank Sinatra ('What Now My Love') and Ray Charles ('Two to Tango'). In 2014, she touched the milestone of 100 singles on the Billboard charts with her unbelievably powerful rendition of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'.
Many pretenders have tried to usurp the Queen of Soul's throne, but time and again, Franklin has proved beyond doubt that it's a title she will carry for years to come even after she's gone. In honor of the legendary songbird, we at Meaww have compiled a 15-track playlist spanning her prolific career.
Titled 'Aretha Franklin — The Queen of Soul', the compact collection covers the singer's career-defining hits across the late 60s, some of her greatest collaborative efforts as well as a few gems from the final years of her career.
Apple Music subscribers can listen to the full playlist below as we take a moment to bask in the warm glow of the Queen of Soul's iconic voice. R.I.P Aretha Franklin. You will be sorely missed.