Aretha Franklin

Respect

Composed by Otis Redding

Song Review by

"That girl stole that song from me," Otis Redding says during a clip in a VH-1 special on Aretha Franklin that aired in spring 2001. The "stolen" song is Redding's own "Respect." No doubt the "theft" was made up for by the hefty writer royalties the Memphis soul great earned from the million-plus sales of the single. Though Redding had a 1965 number five R&B hit with the song, it would be Franklin's version which earned the most "respect." Recorded in February 1967, the recording session boasted the same Muscle Shoals rhythm section that had played on her million-selling Atlantic Records debut single, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way That I Love You." Franklin and her sister/frequent collaborator Carolyn Franklin are credited with coming up with the song's signature "sock it to me" break. Saxman King Curtis supplied the fat, cohesive key-changing solo which is akin to his work on Sam and Dave's "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." With input from Arif Mardin and engineer Tom Dowd, the Jerry Wexler-produced "Respect" held the number one R&B spot for an astounding eight weeks and number one pop for two weeks in spring 1967.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You 1967 4 Men With Beards
Aretha in Paris 1968 Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Rhino 3:05
Aretha's Gold 1969 Rhino / Atlantic 2:25
Live at Fillmore West 1971 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
No Image 1976 Atlantic
No Image 1979
Various Artists
MCA 2:25
The Best of Aretha Franklin 1984 Rhino
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic
20 Greatest Hits 1987 Warner Bros. / WEA 2:28
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:27
Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits: 1967 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Atlantic Soul Classics [1985] 1990
Various Artists
Warner Special Products / Rhino 2:28
Tour of Duty 1990
Various Artists
Magnum
The Queen of Soul 1991 Traditional Line
Rhythm & Blues: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Greatest Voices [Dino] 1992
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 2:26
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 2:24
Chain of Fools 1993 Rhino 2:25
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
Alex 2:26
The Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago [Video] 1993 Edge / Immortal
Soul Hits, Vol. 1 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 2:25
Heart & Soul, Vol. 3: Heart Full of Soul 1994
Various Artists
Pro 2:27
Ocean Drive, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:26
Live. Le Concert du Siecle 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Jock Rock, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:18
Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Box Set 1995
Various Artists
MCA 2:27
The Promised Land [Columbia] 1995
Original TV Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 2:24
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
I Am Woman 1996
Various Artists
Nick At Nite / Sony Music Distribution 2:26
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:29
Go Girl!: Soul Sisters Tellin' It Like It Is 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Virgin
Try a Little Tenderness: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:26
Best Girl Power Album Ever [2 Disc] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
25 Years of R&B: 1967 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:25
Soul 60's 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:28
Classic 60s Soul, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:24
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:25
Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:23
Bar-B-Que Soul-A-Bration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 8:35
Soul Inspiration 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:25
Heart Beats [3 Pack] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1998
Original Soundtrack
Warner Special Products 2:22
Instant Party Disc: Regular Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:22
Oldies Radio: K-Earth 101FM Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Everybody Dance: Best of Remixed Dance 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Paula Records 2:24
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Jazz / Wrong 2:26
Respect: A Century of Women in Music 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
New Year's Eve: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 2:24
The Best of Aretha 1999 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:25
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:25
Funky Divas [WEA] 1999
Various Artists
WEA International 2:26
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 2:23
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:25
A Child's Celebration of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Music for Little People 2:24
Utah Jazz: Feed the Fever 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:20
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:25
Bridget Jones's Diary 2001
Various Artists
Mercury/Universal 2:22
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:25
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:25
Hed Kandi: Nu Cool, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Hed Kandi 4:04
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:25
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:24
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 Warner Music
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 2:24
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:26
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:23
The Ultimate Chick Flick 2002
Original Soundtrack
WSM
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:24
Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s - WCBS 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:27
Platinum Soul Legends 2002
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing
Party Animal 2002
Various Artists
Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp.
Winter Explosion!!! 2002
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia 2:24
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 Arista 2:26
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:24
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 2:26
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:25
Never Loved a Man/Lady Soul/Aretha in Paris 2003 WSM
Sisters of Soul [Rhino] 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:25
Women & Songs: Beginnings 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:26
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:24
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:23
The Very Best of All Woman [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
All That Dance 2004
Various Artists
WSM 2:23
Rhythm, Love and Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Shout! Factory/WQED Multimedia 3:33
The Ultimate Chick Flick Soundtrack [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
The Very Best of New Woman 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 2:22
The Proud Family 2004
Original Television Soundtrack
Walt Disney / Disney 2:22
New Woman Summer 2002 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:21
No Image 2004
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 2:25
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 2:27
Lady Soul [Brentwood] 2004 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:24
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vols. 1-2 2004 Atlantic 2:25
Retro Dance Party [Hallmark] 2004
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:25
Atlantic Gold 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 2:22
No Image 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Rhino Hi-Five: Mother's Day Songs 2005
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:25
Don't Fight the Feeling 2005 Rhino 3:26
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 1:57
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner 2:24
Ultimate 16: Divas of Soul 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:24
Rhino Hi-Five: Aretha Franklin 2005 Rhino 3:06
20th Century Masters: Best of Soul, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:26
Aretha Franklin Collection 2006 Madacy 2:25
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:28
Akeelah and the Bee [Original Soundtrack] 2006
Original Soundtrack
DV&A / Lions Gate Films 2:25
Ultimate Summer Hits: Summer Fun 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 2:25
Floorfillers: The Ultimate Party Album 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
No Image 2006 Madacy
All #1 Hits '60s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:25
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:28
Absolute Soul [Crimson] 2006
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:24
The Soul Story, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:26
To Mum With Love 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:21
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin 2007 WEA 2:25
Los Grandes del Soul 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 2:29
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:25
Soul Story Infomercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:26
Babski Wieczór 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:22
100 Hits: Soul 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:24
#1 Original R&B Dream Divas 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:26
Simply the Best Songs 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 2:23
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:25
Karaoke: The Sixties Hits, Vol. 4 2007
Karaoke
Chartbuster Karaoke 2:38
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Pop and Classic R&B [Borders Exclusive] 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:25
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:25
Atlantic Soul Classics [1987] 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 2:28
Immortal Soul: Essential Recordings from the Golden Age 2008
Various Artists
Nordstrom
Girls in the City 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:27
The Black Power: Definitive Collection -- Soul and Funk Trilogy 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:24
Lady Soul/I Never Loved a Man 2008 Rhino 2:27
Reprises Soul R&B: Great Covers Great 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:23
Playlist: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 2008 Playlist 2:25
Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago 2008 Immortal
Revolutionary Sound of 60's R&B 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:23
Divas 2008: The World's Best Female Voices 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:26
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:25
Let Freedom Sing! Music of the Civil Rights Movement 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:26
101 Greatest Housework Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 2:21
Karaoke: The 60's Greatest Hits with Karaoke Edge 2009
Karaoke
All Star Karaoke
Sweet Soul Music: 1967 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:26
Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:26
Respect 2012 Atlantic / Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
X5 Music Group 2:24
No Image
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
blue highlight denotes editor's pick