220px-fontellabassthenewlook#12 – Fontella Bass – “Rescue Me” – (1966)

Remarkably, this huge memorable hit never made it to #1 on the Hot 100, it peaked at #4. This was Fontella Bass’ biggest hit – but it’s just as good a vocal as Aretha’s “Respect” and it’s kind of crazy she didn’t have the same career trajectory Aretha had.