Sunday, April 21, 2024

Respect for Aretha: Fans Put 18 Singles, 17 Albums by The Queen of Soul On iTunes Charts


It’s been a tough day. But this news is gratifying.

Fans have put 18 singles and 17 albums by Aretha Franklin on the iTunes charts.

Aretha is currently holding down the top 4 positions on the singles charts. “Respect” is number 1.

On the album chart, she’s got many different albums including a greatest hits package at number 1 and her best selling gospel album, “Amazing Grace,” at number 5.

The top four singles include “Respect,” “Natural Woman,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Chain of Fools.”

Two of her finest, “Ain’t No Way” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” are also in the top 100. New fans should look for a great record from 1974 called “Without Love,” written by her sister Carolyn and covered two years later by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

Aretha’s favorite ballad was “Sweet Bitter Love,” which is also worth a listen.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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