Aretha Franklin

Think

Composed by Aretha Franklin / Teddy White

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Aretha Franklin's "Think" had the same kind of raucous energy and liberated women's subtext as her previous gold single, "Respect," though the women's lib movement was still years away. The driving number was recorded in April 1968 at Atlantic Records' New York recording studio. Producer Jerry Wexler used members of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section (Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham, Jimmy Johnson, Tommy Cogbill) as he'd done on Franklin's previous million-selling singles. Co-written by Franklin and her husband/manager Ted White and issued during the first weeks of May 1968, the million-selling "Think" stayed at number one R&B for three weeks, going to number seven pop in the summer of 1968. On the flipside was a swinging cover of the Sam Cooke classic "You Send Me," which broke the R&B Top 30 and mid-charted pop. Those tracks as well as the gold singles "See Saw" and "I Say a Little Prayer," her cover of the Dionne Warwick hit, and also "I Can't See Myself Leaving You" were included on her gold number one R&B (for 17 weeks) album Aretha Now. "Think" resurfaced when Franklin performed the song in the Dan Ackroyd/John Belushi movie The Blues Brothers.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Aretha Now 1968 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:20
Aretha's Gold 1969 Rhino 2:20
No Image 1976 Atlantic
The Best of Aretha Franklin 1984 Rhino Atlantic 3:16
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic
Classic Rock: 1968 1987
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:17
Baby Boomer Classics: Dance Sixties 1988
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:50
Through the Storm 1989 Arista 3:39
The Queen of Soul 1991 Atlantic / Rhino 2:18
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:16
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 1992 Rhino 2:16
The Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago [Video] 1993 Edge / Immortal
Soul Hits, Vol. 3 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:19
Movin' on Up, Vol. 1: Songs from the Civil Rights Struggle 1994
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:16
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1 1994 Rhino 2:19
Blues Brother Soul Sister [Dino] 1994
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 2:16
Music from the Motion Picture: The War 1994
Various Artists
MCA 2:17
Lady Soul/Aretha Now 1995 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2:17
Operation Dumbo Drop 1995
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 2:15
Summer Breeze, Vol. 1 [K-Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Box 2:15
First Wives Club [Original Soundtrack] 1996
Original Soundtrack
Work Group / Sony Music Distribution 2:16
Only Dance 1965-1969 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:17
When a Man Loves a Woman: '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:19
25 Years of R&B: 1968 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:19
Let's Dance: The Best of Ballroom Swing, Lindy, Jitterbug & Jive 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:20
Live on Letterman: Music from the Late Show 1997
Various Artists
Reprise 2:32
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:19
Think & Other Hits 1998 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:20
Soulful Divas, Vol. 4: Bold Soul Sisters 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:17
Funk Fest 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:16
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Paula Records 2:18
Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner] 1999
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Jazz / Wrong 2:17
The Best of Aretha 1999 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:20
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 2:19
3 for 1 Box Set 2001 Warner Music
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:16
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 2:17
Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin [Warner] 2002 Rhino 2:18
Blues & Soul Masters 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:16
Platinum Soul Legends 2002
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 17 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:16
Fabulous: Music from the Ceremonies of the Gay Games VI 2003
Various Artists
Columbia 2:17
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 Arista 2:19
Respect [BCI] 2003 BCI-Eclipse Distribution 2:18
Hall of Fame 2003 Laserlight
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:18
Simply the Best 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
Funk Soul Classics 2004
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:16
Superbad 2004
Various Artists
Warner Dance 3:14
Lady Soul [Brentwood] 2004 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:18
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vols. 1-2 2004 Atlantic 2:19
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004
Various Artists
Island 2:16
Atlantic Gold 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 2:16
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner 2:18
The Essentials 2005 Warner Strategic Marketing 2:18
Rhino Hi-Five: Aretha Franklin 2005 Rhino 3:16
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 7: 1967-1969 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:19
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:19
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal 2:16
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:19
No Image 2007 Rhino 3:16
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin 2007 Rhino Atlantic 2:16
Heartbeat Summer 2007
Various Artists
Virgin 2:17
The Platinum Collection 2007 Rhino 2:16
Forever Aretha Franklin 2007 Madacy 2:18
100 Hits: 60s 2007
Various Artists
DMG / DMG TV 2:18
Soul Queen 2007 Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 3:16
A Collector's R&B Dream: 1968, Vol. 1 2008
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:16
Queen of Soul: Live from Chicago 2008 Immortal
100 Hits: Party Karaoke 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 100
No Image 2008
Various Artists
PTG 3:12
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:18
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:19
100 Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino Atlantic 2:16
Heart and Soul 2010 North Star Music 2:16
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:17
Sixties Soul Machine 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 2:18
No Image 2014 Rhino 2:20
Latest & Greatest R&B Divas 2015
Various Artists
USM Media 3:14
Beach Party RTL Georges Lang 2015
Various Artists
WEA 2:16
The Atlantic Albums Collection 2015 Rhino 3:16
Eighties Blockbusters [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:14
100 Hits Legends: Aretha Franklin 100 Hits
100 Hits: 60s [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
Atlantic Gold: 100 Soul Classics
Various Artists
Rhino Atlantic / Warner Music 2:18
No Image
Various Artists
X5 Music Group 2:18
Flair: Favourite Party Hits
Various Artists
BMG 2:14
No Image
Latest & Greatest Feel Good Anthems
Various Artists
USM Media
Le  Coffret Idéal Soul
Various Artists
Warner Music
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:16
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:18
Office Party: Work Hard, Party Harder!
Various Artists
Made II Measure
No Image
Various Artists
Rhino 2:18
Simply Sixties
Various Artists
Simply
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
WM UK 2:18
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:17
No Image Atlantic / Rhino 2:18
The Nation's Favourite Soul
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Target Records
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