Aretha Franklin Songs & Biggest Hits – Top 10 All-Time

Last Updated: June 8, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

My Wedding Songs is a reader-supported website. As an Amazon Associate, we earn revenue from qualifying purchases. Purchases made through links on this page may earn us a commission but also support the artists.

Aretha Franklin is an American (from Tennessee) R&B, Soul musician. Aretha’s nickname is the “Queen of Soul”. Aretha has had seventy-seven (77) charted songs making her the most charted female in music history.

Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

top aretha franklin songs

Did you know Aretha Franklin was also in feature films? She was in The Blues Brothers released in 1980 and released in 1998 among other documentaries. Aretha’s number-one song started in 1967 with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” and the last to date is “Here We Go Again” in 1998.

Spotify Aretha Franklin Playlist

Aretha Franklin Wedding Songs List

#1 Respect
Released in 1967
On Album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
The song was originally released by Otis Redding in 1965. Aretha’s version of the song tells a story about how a woman who demands respect from her man.

All I want you to do for me
Is give it to me when you get home

song on Amazon

#2 Chain of Fools
Released in 1967
On Album Lady Soul
Chain of Fools is one of the greatest songs of all-time and proven by its Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Every chain, has got a weak link
I might be weak yeah
But I’ll give you strength

song on Amazon

#3 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Released in 1967
On Album Lady Soul
The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

When my soul was in the lost and found
You came along to claim it
I didn’t know just what was wrong with me
‘Til your kiss helped me name it

song on Amazon

#4 Think
Released in 1968
On Album Aretha Now
Did you know this Sixties song is a feminist anthem?

Think about what you’re trying to do to me
Yeah, think (think, think)
Let your mind go, let yourself be free

song on Amazon

#5 I Say a Little Prayer
Released in 1967
On Album The Windows of the World
The song tells a story about a woman’s concern for her beau who’s serving in the Vietnam War.

Forever, and ever,
(You’ll stay in my heart and I will love you)
(Forever) Forever, and ever,
(We never will part Oh, how I love you)

song on Amazon

#6 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
Released in 1967
On Album I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
This song was Aretha’s first big hit and reached number nine.

And I’m stuck like glue
Cause I ain’t never
I ain’t never, I ain’t never, no, no (loved a man)
(The way that I, I love you)

song on Amazon

#7 Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
Released in 1973
On Album Let Me in Your Life
The song tells a story of trying to get a lover back after leaving them.

I’m gonna beg you to please, baby please see me (you never want to see me)
I’m gonna walk by meself
Just to prove that my love is true

song on Amazon

#8 Rock Steady
Released in 1971
On Album Young, Gifted and Black
The song peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Move your hips from left to right (what it is)
What it is, is I might be doin’ this funky dance all night

song on Amazon

#9 Baby, I Love You
Released in 1967
On Album Aretha Arrives
The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

Stretch out your arms little boy
You’re gonna get it
‘Cause I love you

song on Amazon

#10 Ain’t No Way
Released in 1968
On Album Lady Soul
Did you know the song was written by Aretha’s sister Carolyn Franklin?

I know that a woman’s duty
Is to help and love the man
And that’s the way it was for me

song on Amazon

Do you have a favorite Aretha Franklin song, not on our list?  Please share your song below so that we can add it!

Added fan-favorite…

Day Dreaming
1972, Young, Gifted and Black

He’s the kind of guy that you give your everything
And trust your heart, share all of your love, ’til death do you part

song on Amazon

Aretha Frankin Highest-Charting Singles – U.S. R&B

  • #1 I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), 1967
  • #1 Respect, 1967
  • #1 Baby I Love You, 1967
  • #1 Chain of Fools, 1967
  • #1 (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone, 1968
  • #1 Think, 1968
  • #1 Share Your Love with Me, 1969
  • #1 Call Me, 1970
  • #1 Don’t Play That Song (You Lied), 1970
  • #1 Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1971
  • #1 Spanish Harlem, 1971
  • #1 Day Dreaming, 1972
  • #1 Angel, 1973
  • #1 Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do), 1973
  • #1 I’m in Love, 1974
  • #1 Something He Can Feel, 1976
  • #1 Break It to Me Gently, 1977
  • #1 Jump to It, 1982
  • #1 Get It Right, 1983
  • #1 Freeway of Love, 1985
  • #2 (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, 1967
  • #2 The House That Jack Built, 1968
  • #2 Rock Steady, 1971
  • #2 Who’s Zoomin’ Who, 1985
  • #2 Jimmy Lee, 1986
  • #3 I Say a Little Prayer, 1968
  • #3 The Weight, 1969
  • #3 I Can’t See Myself Leaving You, 1969
  • #3 Spirit in the Dark, 1970
  • #3 You’re All I Need to Get By, 1971
  • #3 United Together, 1980
  • #5 Eleanor Rigby, 1969
  • #5 Border Song (Holy Moses), 1970
  • #5 I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) (with George Michael), 1987
  • #5 It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be (with Whitney Houston), 1989
  • #5 Willing to Forgive, 1994
  • #5 A Rose Is Still a Rose, 1998

Related song lists:

Want the NEW and TRENDING songs for romance and fun?

By submitting this form you agree to receive promotional emails from My Wedding Songs about wedding music planning and other wedding-related topics. You may unsubscribe at any time. Check out our Privacy Policy for more information.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
About Matthew Campbell

DJ, Editor, Music Lover

Meet Matthew (Matt) Campbell, the passionate wedding DJ and music expert behind My Wedding Songs. With years of experience in the industry and a keen ear for the latest trends, Matt knows just what it takes to create the perfect soundtrack for your special day. From classic love ballads to upbeat party anthems, his articles are jam-packed with insider tips and top recommendations that will have you and your guests on your feet all night long.

But Matt isn’t just a music aficionado – he’s also an active member of wedding planning and DJ communities, sharing his expertise and learning from other professionals along the way. Matt is the author of the Wedding Songs Planner and has articles published on Rolling Stone, DJ Life Magazine, and DJ Times. He is a member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council and Vegas Wedding Chamber. You can listen to his tips as the host of the Wedding Songs Podcast. 


Have a correction or feedback?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *