aretha_franklin_-_i_never_loved_a_man_the_way_i_love_you#2 – Aretha Franklin – “Respect” – (1967)

One of the greatest soul records of all time, “Respect” was originally written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965. Aretha’s cover is one of the best known songs anywhere. She took it uptempo and paved the way for female artists for decades to come.

Aretha Franklin & George Michael – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” – (1986)

This extremely 80s-sounding song from Aretha Franklin and George Michael was a #1 hit on the Hot 100. This was the era of Aretha’s pop resurgence and George Michael was a really big deal in 1986. I’ll be honest, this is a pretty good song with pretty good vocals. Sure it sounds a little dated (like it came out of a Beverly Hills Cop movie or something) but I still like it.