Legal name: Aretha Louise Franklin

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Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, actress, and pianist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career recording for Columbia Records. However, she achieved only modest success. Franklin found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled Franklin past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".

She continued to record acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Spirit in the Dark (1970), Young, Gifted and Black (1972), Amazing Grace (1972), and Sparkle (1976) before experiencing problems with her record company. Franklin left Atlantic in 1979 and signed with Arista Records. She appeared in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers before releasing the successful albums Jump to It (1982), Who's Zoomin' Who? (1985), and Aretha (1986) on the Arista label. In 1998, Franklin returned to the top 40 with the Lauryn Hill-produced song "A Rose Is Still a Rose", later issuing the album of the same name, which went gold. That same year, Franklin earned international acclaim for her performance of "Nessun dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in at the last minute for Luciano Pavarotti, who had cancelled after the show had already begun. In a widely noted performance, she paid tribute to 2015 honoree Carole King by singing "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in history. Franklin's other well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Call Me", "Ain't No Way", "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)", "Spanish Harlem", "Day Dreaming", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (a duet with George Michael). She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance from 1968 through to 1975, and she is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

Franklin received numerous honors throughout her career, including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first female performer to be inducted, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Franklin is listed in two all-time lists by Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2008, she was ranked by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 greatest singer of all time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Modrophenia Various Artists 1
1997 Spice Girls Present… The Best Girl Power Album…Ever! Various Artists 2
1997 What a Feeling Various Artists 1
1997 More Sun Splashin' Various Artists 1
1997 Soul Moods Various Artists 1
1997 Sixties Summer Mix Various Artists 1
1997 Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul Various Artists 1
1997 The Love Album IV Various Artists 1
1997 The Most Beautiful Soul Album on Earth Various Artists 1
1997 Let's Dance! The Best of Ballroom: Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug and Jive Various Artists 1
1997 Funky Divas Various Artists 1
1997 Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute Various Artists 4
1997 Fetenhits: The Real Classics, the 3rd Various Artists 1
1997 '60's Soul: When a Man Loves a Woman Various Artists 1
1997 '60s Soul: Try A Little Tenderness Various Artists 1
1997 25 Years of Soul: 1970 Various Artists 1
1997 80's Club Hits Various Artists 1
1997 1971 - Die Stars - Die Hits - Die Facts Various Artists 1
1997 American Dream Various Artists 1
1997 An American Journey: Building a Bridge to the 21st Century Various Artists 1
1997 ARISTA: The First 20 Years Various Artists 1
1997 Auto Collection …στην Εθνική. Various Artists 1
1997 Black Party Grooves, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1997 Caiga Quien Caiga - 53 Clásicos originales del Soul Various Artists 1
1997 Caiga quien caiga: 53 clásicos originales del rhythm & Blues Various Artists 1
1997 Donna's Dansfolie 85-86-87 Various Artists 1
1997 Duets: 36 of the World's Greatest Ever Duets Various Artists 1
1997 Extrahits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1997 Forever Soul Various Artists 3
1997 Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection Ray Charles 2
1997 Heart & Soul Various Artists 1
1997 Heartbeat: Love Me Tender Various Artists 1
1997 Hits of the 80's Various Artists 1
1997 In the Midnight Hour Various Artists 1
1997 James Rizzi's Night Various Artists 1
1997 Jazz at the Cinema Various Artists 1
1997 Les Voix en or, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1997 Lo mejor del soul clásico Various Artists 1
1997 Mad About the Boy - The Ladies Sing the Blues Various Artists 1
1997 Movie Magic Various Artists 1
1997 Now the Music: The Original Soundtrack Various Artists 1
1997 Now the Music: Two Hearts Various Artists 1
1997 Ready Steady Go! The Number One Sixties Album Various Artists 1
1997 Schmusenacht Various Artists 2
1997 Sixties Pop Mix Various Artists 1
1997 Soul Classics: Best of the 80's Various Artists 1
1997 The Best Party in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
1997 The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll: 1967-1969 Various Artists 1
1997 The Soul Album Various Artists 1
1997 The Very Best of Pop Music 1968-69 Various Artists 1
1997 Ultradisc II Anniversary Sampler Various Artists 1
1997 Weihnachtshits Various Artists 1
1998 VH-1 8-Track Flashback: Classic 70’s Soul Various Artists 1
1998 The Soul Album II Various Artists 1
1998 Cover You: A Tribute to The Rolling Stones Various Artists 1
1998 Music in Black, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1998 Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
1998 Perfect Day Various Artists 1
1998 Superwoman: The Soundtrack to a Perfect Day Various Artists 1
1998 Ru Paul's Go Go Box Classics Various Artists 1
1998 Every Woman: Women Sing Songs of Love and Life Various Artists 1
1998 Just the Best 2/98 Various Artists 1
1998 Club Mix: The 80's Various Artists 1
1998 Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 70s Various Artists 1
1998 Super Bad on Celluloid Various Artists 1
1998 Warner Bros. 75 Years Entertaining the World: Film Music Various Artists 1
1998 Fresh Hits 98 Various Artists 1
1998 The Best of Gershwin George Gershwin 1
1998 Sisters of Swing 98 Various Artists 1
1998 Funk Fest, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Sixties Summer Mix 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Cool Grooves Various Artists 1
1998 Living in the 80s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Chicken Soup for the Soul: I’ll Be There for You Various Artists 1
1998 The Rolling Stone Women in Rock Collection Various Artists 1
1998 Ultimate Christmas Various Artists 1
1998 Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael George Michael 5 7
1998 Absolute '98: The Best of 1998 Various Artists 1
1998 Ready Steady Go! The Number One Sixties Album, Volume II Various Artists 1
1998 Body Talk: Magic Moments Various Artists 2
1998 The Great Songs of George Gershwin Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Love 3 Various Artists 1
1998 70's Funk 'n' Soul Classics Various Artists 1
1998 A Little Blues in Your Soul Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Christmas 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Dance 20 Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Dance Opus 20 Various Artists 1
1998 Bar‐B‐Que Soul‐A‐Bration Various Artists 1
1998 Best Of Black Voices Various Artists 1
1998 Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1985 Various Artists 1
1998 Black History in Music Sampler 1999 Various Artists 1
1998 Blues Story Various Artists 2
1998 Body + Soul Love & Tenderness Various Artists 1
1998 Boulevard des slows, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1998 Duets and Duets II Frank Sinatra 4
1998 Duetter Various Artists 1
1998 Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics Various Artists 2
1998 Geschichte der Pop Musik Various Artists 1
1998 Harley Davidson: Songs of Legend Various Artists 1
1998 Heart Full of Soul Various Artists 1

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