I have always loved Aretha Franklin. I even loved the eras that other fans would've preferred to pretend did not exist.
In tribute here are my favorite
My mom used to sing this song to me whenever I was upset as a child, which was often. Elvis performed her favorite version.
I loved the original, but for me it's Aretha rendition and it's incredible vocal arrangement .
When she sang it looked both effortless and all consuming.
Like Tina, when Aretha covered a song the original often receded from your consciousness.
"Spanish Harlem" is Aretha's song.
I hope for future that no matter what happens to humanity that the tapes survive.
While "Freeway of Love" was the biggest hit from the collection this was my favorite
I Knew You We're Waiting (For Me) is one of most moving, exuberant, and joyful vocal collaborations in pop history.
"I still believed..."
It is one of the most incredible vocal performances in the history of the genre.
There will never be another...
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
This collaboration with Mavis Staples takes me to church, and in all the right ways.
Oh Happy Day/The Lord's Prayer
This song finds its way onto every road trip mix I produce.
Love like this here.
Sending future hip-hop artists some cues she references herself and others throughout.
It is one of the most confident vocal performances of #ArethaFranklin 's career.
#ArethaFranklin giving a man hell is everything
"You know that you lie."
Don't Play That Song For Me ( You Lie)
Aretha often confounded her famous collaborators, but still they come.
"Another Night" was often my company
I just love it.
John is said to have love this version too.
"In my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me..."
I'm not great with death.
Lacking any religious beliefs, except that religion is bullcocky I accept that there is no place we go after this.
And this one smarts.
I'm going to finish this playlist with two of Franklin's most explicitly feminist recordings.
They were recorded over 20 years apart.
With worldwide album sales over 75 million she is one the best selling music artists ever.
Aretha Franklin died yesterday at 76, leaving a legacy of true greatness.