Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” has an impressive repertoire that has stood the test of time. With 18 Grammy Awards and over 75 million records sold, she is an icon in the music world. Her songs are a mix of soul, R&B, gospel, and pop, and she has numerous hits to her name. But which ten songs by Aretha Franklin are truly unforgettable?

10. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

This song, from the album of the same name released in 1967, marks a turning point in Aretha’s career. It was her first major hit under the Atlantic Records label and showcased her powerful voice and emotional depth. The song is a perfect mix of soul and blues, and it’s easy to see why it is still considered one of her best.

9. Chain of Fools

“Chain of Fools” is a song that explores the complexity of human relationships. Aretha’s voice, coupled with simple yet effective instrumentation, makes this a timeless song. It was released in 1967 and quickly became a hit, both commercially and critically.

8. Day Dreaming

This song from 1972 is one of Aretha’s most dreamy and lyrical compositions. It has a soft, almost hypnotic melody that perfectly complements the sweet lyrics about falling in love. “Day Dreaming” shows another side of Aretha and proves that she is more than just a powerful voice.

7. You Send Me

Originally written and performed by Sam Cooke, “You Send Me” became one of Aretha’s most beloved covers. Her version, released in 1968, is a beautiful mix of soul and gospel, and it’s one of those songs you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

6. Son of a Preacher Man

This song, originally made famous by Dusty Springfield, took on a new dimension when Aretha recorded it. Her version is a beautiful interpretation that retains the essence of the song while giving it a unique twist with her unmistakable voice.

5. I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

This duet with George Michael became a worldwide hit and won a Grammy Award. The song, released in 1987, is a powerful love song that lets the vocal talents of both artists shine.

4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

This song is an anthem for women all over the world. Written by Carole King, it became one of Aretha’s most iconic songs. Released in 1967, it remains one of the most covered and respected songs in music history.

3. Think

“Think” is one of Aretha’s most politically charged songs. Released in 1968, in the midst of the civil rights movement, it became an anthem for freedom and equality. The song is a powerful call to action and remains relevant even decades after its release.

2. I Say a Little Prayer

This song, originally written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, became one of Aretha’s biggest hits. Her version, released in 1968, is a beautiful mix of soul and pop that showcases her versatility as an artist.

1. Respect

No list of Aretha Franklin’s best songs would be complete without “Respect.” This song, originally written and performed by Otis Redding, became a feminist and civil rights anthem in the hands of Aretha. Released in 1967, it remains one of the most influential songs in music history.