Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s discography is one so vast and so iconic that it will forever live on through our speakers. With her four-octave vocal range, no one (and we mean no one) could sing a love song quite the way Ms. Franklin could. Her music penetrated our souls and left us feeling the sheer essence of every word she belted out, especially when it came to matters of the heart.
With the news of her passing, at age 76, we’re taking a moment to celebrate some of the greatest love songs in her catalog.
From “Call Me” to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” here are six amazing love songs from the icon’s timeless discography.
A song about two lovebirds who were about to leave each other and expressing their affection, the 1970 track is one that makes our hearts skip a beat from start to finish.
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
Sometimes you just need a little Dr. Feelgood lovin' and that's exactly what Aretha pleaded for on this track from 1967.
Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)
Although Stevie Wonder originally recorded this song in 1967, it was Aretha who made it a household track when she released it in 1973.
"Ain't No Way"
Penned by Aretha's youngest sister, Carolynn, "Ain't No Way" sang her heart out on the track and its one that we will cherish forever.
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
When Aretha recorded "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)" in 1967, she sang a song that touched all of us simply because we've all loved someone we shouldn't have for much longer than we needed to simply because our hearts couldn't move on.
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
In 1967, Aretha released, perhaps one of her most memorable tracks with, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, and Jerry Wexler, the 2 minute-45 second ballad remains a timeless classic.