Remembering Aretha Franklin - Her 15 Greatest Songs

Posted in Entertainment on Jan 17th, 2019

From church to the dance floor, the Queen of Soul brought love and passion to millions over her decades-long career. Her vocal achievements have influenced much of modern R&B, soul, gospel, and even rap. Aretha Franklin’s voice is “A blessing from God,” according to friend and admirer Beyoncé. She’s inspired thousands of women to sing, and she will be missed. From inspiring Patti LaBelle to Nicki Minaj, Aretha Franklin has had one of the largest effects on contemporary music.

15. “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone” (1968)

Aretha Franklin’s and her then-husband Ted White co-wrote her fifth Gold single, the B-side opener to her classic Lady Soul. She was so popular that the 45 version of “Since You’ve Been Gone” sold 450,000 copies in a week. The track itself is peppery, full of piping horns and hot rhythm, and gathers much of its power from a Muscle Shoals-centered unit that included Bobby Womack on guitar. Franklin wrings out the words until they feel like a blur while the Sweet Inspirations shout and support in the background.

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