One of the most important singles by Aretha Franklin, "Rock Steady" is one of her few self-penned hits, and was also a very timely song indeed. Built on a sturdy, funk/R&B-driven base, the melody and bass lines have more than a hint of gospel to them. A wonderful dance record, it came at the dawn of the 1970s and perfectly bridged the gap between Memphis R&B and was what soon to become known as disco music. The lyrics are unashamedly sensual, with fabulous and effective references to driving, among other things, which mirror a sexual experience. Some brilliant organ padding and powerful, tasteful drumming (possibly the work of legendary session drummer Bernard Purdie) take the song to even greater heights. Available on several collections, namely The Best of Aretha Franklin, it is highly recommended.