Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.

Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted & Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the film, The Blues Brothers and with the albums, Jump to It and Who's Zoomin' Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria, "Nessun Dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose". Franklin's other popular and well known hits include, "Rock Steady", "Something He Can Feel" (from the soundtrack to the 1976 film Sparkle), "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), "It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (with Whitney Houston) and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Aretha Aretha Franklin 2
1962 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 2
1962 The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin 2
1963 Laughing On The Outside Aretha Franklin 1
1964 Runnin' Out of Fools Aretha Franklin 1
1964 Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington Aretha Franklin 2
1965 Yeah!!! Aretha Franklin 1
1965 Songs of Faith Aretha Franklin 1
1966 Soul Sister Aretha Franklin 1
1967 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Aretha Franklin 3 6
1967 Aretha Arrives Aretha Franklin 2
1967 Take a Look Aretha Franklin 1
1967 Take It Like You Give It Aretha Franklin 5
1968 Lady Soul Aretha Franklin 7
1968 Aretha Now Aretha Franklin 8
1969 Once in a Lifetime Aretha Franklin 1
1969 Soft and Beautiful Aretha Franklin 1
1969 Soul '69 Aretha Franklin 2
1970 Sweet Bitter Love Aretha Franklin 1
1970 This Girl's in Love With You Aretha Franklin 2
1970 Spirit in the Dark Aretha Franklin 3
1972 Young, Gifted and Black Aretha Franklin 2
1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) Aretha Franklin 3
1974 Let Me In Your Life Aretha Franklin 2
1974 With Everything I Feel in Me Aretha Franklin 1
1975 You Aretha Franklin 1
1977 Sweet Passion Aretha Franklin 1
1978 Almighty Fire Aretha Franklin 1
1979 La Diva Aretha Franklin 1
1980 Aretha Aretha Franklin 3
1981 Love All the Hurt Away Aretha Franklin 3
1982 Jump to It Aretha Franklin 2
1983 Get It Right Aretha Franklin 4
1985 Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Aretha Franklin 3
1986 Aretha Aretha Franklin 3
1989 Through the Storm Aretha Franklin 3
1991 Aretha Gospel Aretha Franklin 2
1991 What You See Is What You Sweat Aretha Franklin 1
1997 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose Aretha Franklin 4 2
2003 So Damn Happy Aretha Franklin 1
2006 Joy to the World Aretha Franklin 1
2007 Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With the Queen Aretha Franklin 1
2008 This Christmas Aretha Franklin 1
2011 Take a Look - The Clyde Otis Sessions Aretha Franklin 1
2011 A Woman Falling Out of Love Aretha Franklin 1
2014 Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics Aretha Franklin 2
A Bit of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 1
Aretha Franklin Sings Standards Aretha Franklin 1
Hall of Fame Aretha Franklin 1
Respect Aretha Franklin 1
Two Classic Albums From Aretha Franklin: The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging / Soft and Beautiful Aretha Franklin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1969 Aretha’s Gold Aretha Franklin 3
1971 Aretha's Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin 2
1972 The First 12 Sides Aretha Franklin 1
1976 Ten Years of Gold Aretha Franklin 1
1984 Aretha's Jazz Aretha Franklin 2
1984 The Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 4
1986 30 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin 5
1987 Aretha Sings the Blues Aretha Franklin 1
1987 20 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin 1
1987 After hours Aretha Franklin 2
1991 Gospel Roots Aretha Franklin 2
1992 Jazz to Soul Aretha Franklin 1
1992 Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
1993 Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin 1
1993 Trilogy: 3 Classic Albums Aretha Franklin 1
1994 Greatest Hits (1980-1994) Aretha Franklin 2
1994 Aretha Queen of Soul (The Very Best Of) Aretha Franklin 1
1994 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
1994 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The '70s (aka: Vol. 2) Aretha Franklin 1
1994 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The ’60s (aka: Vol.1) Aretha Franklin 3
1995 Lady Soul / Aretha Now Aretha Franklin 1
1998 The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues Aretha Franklin 1
1998 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin 3 2
1998 Soul Sister: The Classic Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
1998 Spanish Harlem Aretha Franklin 1
1999 Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
2000 Greatest Hits Aretha Franklin 1
2001 Love Songs Aretha Franklin 1
2001 Aretha’s Best Aretha Franklin 1
2002 Under Her Spell Aretha Franklin 1
2002 Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2002 Aretha & Otis Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding 1
2002 The Queen in Waiting Aretha Franklin 1
2002 United Together: Greatest Hits 80's & 90's Aretha Franklin 1
2005 Legends of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 1
2005 Love Songs Aretha Franklin 1
2005 The Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2006 Precious Lord Aretha Franklin 1
2006 Collection Aretha Franklin 1
2006 Respect (And Other Hits) Aretha Franklin 1
2006 Tutto Aretha: A Natural Woman Aretha Franklin 1
2007 Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
2007 Rare & Unreleased Recordings From the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
2007 Aretha Aretha Franklin 1
2007 Day Dreaming Aretha Franklin 1
2008 Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs Aretha Franklin 1
2009 Sunday Morning Classics Aretha Franklin 1

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