Aretha Franklin

Freeway of Love

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Aretha Franklin's "Freeway of Love" has more than a hint of the Motown sound in its groove. Not surprising since Franklin and the track's producer, Narada Michael Walden, have strong Michigan roots. Arista Records president Clive Davis asked Walden -- whose other credits included hits by Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Stacy Lattisaw, Shanice Wilson, and others -- which artist on the Arista roster he'd like to work with and Walden said Aretha Franklin. The pairing initially yielded "Who's Zoomin' Who" and "Until You Say You Love Me." One track written by Walden and Jeffrey Cohen, "Freeway of Love," was recorded around 1985 and was slated to appear on an upcoming solo album by Walden until his frequent collaborator Preston Glass suggested that he shop the song to Franklin. The singer recorded her vocals at Detroit's United Sound Studio. Bruce Springsteen sideman Clarence Clemons added wailing sax to the track."Freeway of Love" went number one R&B for five weeks and peaked at number three pop in the summer of 1985.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Who's Zoomin' Who? 1985 Arista 5:52
Rock the First, Vol. 6 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone 6:00
Greatest Hits: 1980-1994 1994 Arista 5:53
80's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 10: Dance All Night 1994
Various Artists
Priority Records 5:53
Classic R&B Oldies from the 80's, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 5:51
Sounds of the Eighties: 1985 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:51
Billboard Hot R&B Hits 1985 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 5:53
BET 15th Anniversary Music Collection 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
Club Ladies Night 1996
Various Artists
Zomba 5:52
Only Rock 'N Roll 1985-1989: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 4:09
The 80's: Funky Love 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:07
Soulful Ladies of the 80's 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:51
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Metacom / EMI-Capitol
Love Songs of the 60's, 70's and 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:53
Club Mix: The 80's 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:50
Rock & Roll Relix: 1980-1989 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 4:54
Rock & Roll Relix: 1984-1985 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 5:49
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 80s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:07
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1985 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 4:53
Living in the 80's, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
BMG International 4:05
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:07
Love Songs [Columbia River] 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:53
Party of the Millennium 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:07
Bikini.Com: More Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:10
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:51
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters  [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:51
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1985 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 5:54
Let It Rock 1985 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:50
Jammin' Grooves 2000
Various Artists
UTV 5:46
2001: Space Party 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:10
At This Moment and Other Eighties Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:53
Aretha's Best 2001 Rhino 5:52
Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:51
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 5:54
No Image 2001
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 5:49
Best of Aretha Franklin [BMG International] 2002 Global TV 4:10
Body and Soul: Ladies Got Soul 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:50
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 4:10
No Image 2003
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:12
Platinum & Gold Collection 2003 BMG Heritage / Arista 5:54
The Best of Aretha Franklin [Paradiso] 2003 Paradiso 5:53
Blues & Soul, Vol. 9: 1984-1985 2005
Various Artists
Connoisseur
Excellent 80's 2006
Various Artists
Sony CMG / Sony Music 5:53
#1 Hits: Best of 80s Lite FM 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:53
Superstar of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:10
Top Hits of the 80s [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 4:07
Super Hits 2009 Sony Music 4:07
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 4:07
Pure... 80s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:12
Pure... Drive 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:11
Flashback Sony Music Entertainment 5:53