Yes, she's the absolute, unquestioned Queen of Soul. But Aretha Franklin might also just be the greatest soul singer of either gender. A huge-voiced, gospel-reared powerhouse, she exemplifies this most heartfelt of music in all of its passion, pathos, and pain - not to mention all of its lusty, funky, booty-shaking excitement.

The hits Franklin racked up in the late 1960s stand as some of popular music's most enduring and affecting moments: "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "I Never Loved a Man," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," to name a few. No collection of timeless American sounds is complete without a dose of Lady Soul herself.
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