Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church. 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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection Aretha Franklin 1
2004 Hall of Fame 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
2007 The Age of Aretha Aretha Franklin 1
2007 The Atlantic Years Aretha 2
2008 Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs Aretha Franklin 1
2009 Sunday Morning Classics Aretha Franklin 1
2009 A Deeper Love: The Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2009 A Force of Nature: Aretha Franklin: The Atlantic Years Aretha Franklin 1
2009 Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2009 Just a Matter of Time: Classic Columbia Recordings - 1961-1965 Aretha Franklin 1
2010 Original Album Series Aretha Franklin 1
2010 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2010 100 Hits Legends: Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2010 The Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2011 Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia Aretha Franklin 2
2011 A Bit of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
2011 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
2011 Aretha Sings the Blues Aretha Franklin 1
2011 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin - A Bit Of Soul Aretha Franklin 1
2011 The Great American Songbook Aretha Franklin 3
2012 Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980–1998 Aretha Franklin 1
2012 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding Together Aretha Franklin & Otis Redding 1
2014 The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 3
2014 The Real... Aretha Franklin 1
A Natural Woman Aretha Franklin 1
Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits 1960-65 Aretha Franklin 1
Experience Aretha Franklin 1
Respect Aretha Franklin 1
Respect & Other Hits Aretha Franklin 1
Save Me Aretha Franklin 1
The Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
The Collection Aretha Franklin 1
The Great Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
The King and Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Aretha in Paris Aretha Franklin 3
1971 Live at Fillmore West Aretha Franklin 5
1987 1 heure avec Aretha Franklin (Yeah !!! In person with her quartet The first 12 sides) Aretha Franklin 1
1987 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Aretha Franklin 3
1998 VH1: Divas Live Celine, Gloria, Aretha, Shania & Mariah 2
1999 Amazing Grace Aretha Franklin 3
1999 Gospel Greats Aretha Franklin 1
2005 Aretha Franklin & King Curtis Live at Fillmore West: Don't Fight the Feeling Aretha Franklin & King Curtis 1
2007 Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 Aretha Franklin 1
2008 The Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago Aretha Franklin 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Sparkle Aretha Franklin 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face / One Step Ahead Aretha Franklin 1
1967 A Natural Woman / Baby, Baby, Baby Aretha Franklin 5 1
1968 See Saw / My Song Aretha Franklin 1
1968 The House That Jack Built / I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin 1
1969 I Can't See Myself Leaving You Aretha Franklin 1
1969 Tracks of My Tears / The Weight Aretha Franklin 1
1970 Eleanor Rigby Aretha Franklin 1
1971 Bridge Over Troubled Water / Brand New Me Aretha Franklin 1
1971 Spanish Harlem / Lean on Me Aretha Franklin 1
1985 Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin 1
1985 Who's Zoomin' Who Aretha Franklin 1
1986 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin & George Michael 2
1987 Rock-A-Lott Aretha Franklin 1
1994 A Deeper Love Aretha Franklin 4
1994 Willing to Forgive / Jump to It Aretha Franklin 2
1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose Aretha Franklin 2
1998 Here We Go Again Aretha Franklin 1
2011 Trouble in Mind Aretha Franklin 1
2011 Think (Remixes) Aretha Franklin 1
2014 Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha version) Aretha Franklin 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Jump to It / (It's Just) Your Love / Get It Right (12" extended mixes) Aretha Franklin 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Y Compañia (Duetos) Aretha Franklin 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Jamaica World Music Festival 1982 Aretha Franklin 1

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