Aretha Franklin discography

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Aretha Franklin discography

Franklin performing at President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009
Releases
Studio albums 40
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 47
Singles 131

This discography documents the releases of albums and singles by Aretha Franklin, who is ranked first among female vocalists with the most Billboard chart hits during the rock era (1955–2012) with a total of 88 according to Joel Whitburn's Record Research.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
US
[1][2]
US
R&B

[1][2]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1956 Songs of Faith JVB/Battle
1961 Aretha Columbia
1962 The Electrifying Aretha Franklin
The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin 69
1963 Laughing on the Outside
1964 Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
Runnin' Out of Fools 84 9
1965 Yeah!!! 101 8
1966 Soul Sister 132 8
1967 Take It Like You Give It
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You 2 1 2 36 Atlantic
Aretha Arrives 5 1 18
1968 Lady Soul 2 1 25
Aretha Now 3 1 12 6
1969 Soul '69 15 1 15 9
1970 This Girl's in Love with You 17 2 8 18
Spirit in the Dark 25 2 25 68
1972 Young, Gifted and Black 11 2 53
1973 Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) 30 2
1974 Let Me in Your Life 14 1 88 15
With Everything I Feel in Me 57 6
1975 You 83 9
1976 Sparkle 18 1 58
1977 Sweet Passion 49 6
1978 Almighty Fire 63 12 63
1979 La Diva 146 25
1980 Aretha 47 6 Arista
1981 Love All the Hurt Away 36 4
1982 Jump to It 23 1
1983 Get It Right 36 4
1985 Who's Zoomin' Who? 13 3 15 13 49
  • US: Platinum [6]
  • CAN: Platinum [7]
  • UK: Silver [8]
1986 Aretha 32 7 33 56 51
1989 Through the Storm 55 21 86 71
1991 What You See Is What You Sweat 153 28 56
1998 A Rose Is Still a Rose 30 7
2003 So Damn Happy 33 11
2008 This Christmas, Aretha 102 DMI
2011 Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love 54 15 Aretha
2014 Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics RCA
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
US
[1][2]
US
R&B

[1][2]
CAN
[4]
1968 Aretha in Paris 13 2 14 Atlantic
1971 Aretha Live at Fillmore West 7 1 18
1972 Amazing Grace 7 2 23
  • US: 2× Platinum [6]
1987 One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism 106 25 Arista
2005 Don't Fight the Feeling: Live at Fillmore West (with King Curtis) Rhino
2007 Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly, 1972
"—" denotes the release failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Record label
US
[1][2]
US
R&B

[1][2]
AUS
[9]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1966 Soft and Beautiful 29 Columbia
1967 Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits 94 10
Take a Look 173 22
1969 Aretha's Gold 18 1 22 Atlantic
1970 Sweet Bitter Love Columbia
1971 Aretha's Greatest Hits 19 3 27 Atlantic
1972 In the Beginning: The World of Aretha Franklin 1960-1967 160 Columbia
1973 The Best of Aretha Franklin Atlantic
1976 Aretha After Hours Columbia
Ten Years of Gold 135 29 Atlantic
1980 Aretha Sings the Blues Columbia
1981 The Legendary Queen of Soul 209
1984 Aretha's Jazz Atlantic
The Best of Aretha Franklin
  • UK: Silver [8]
1985 30 Greatest Hits
1986 The First Lady of Soul 89
  • UK: Silver [8]
Stylus
1987 20 Greatest hits WEA
1992 Jazz to Soul Columbia
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings 99 Rhino
1993 Chain of Fools
1994 Greatest Hits: 1980–1994 85 23 27
  • US: Platinum [6]
  • UK: Silver[8]
Arista
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1: The 60's
  • US: Platinum [6]
Rhino
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 2: The 70's
Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 20
1996 Sings Standards Sony Music
1997 The Early Years Legacy
A Natural Woman & Other Hits Rhino
Respect And Other Hits
1998 The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues
Spanish Harlem
Think & Other Hits
This Is Jazz, Vol. 34 Sony Music
Greatest Hits 38 Global TV
2001 Love Songs Sony Music
Aretha's Best Rhino
2002 Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 34 15 Warner Music
Queen in Waiting: The Columbia Years 1960-1965 Legacy
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection Arista
2007 Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign 87 Atlantic
Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen 54 7 Arista
2009 A Deeper Love: The Best of Aretha Franklin Sony BMG
Sunday Morning Classics Columbia
2010 The Very Best of Aretha Franklin 59 Rhino
2011 Great American Songbook Legacy
More Gospel Greats Rhino
Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia Legacy
2012 Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998
"—" denotes the release failed to chart or was not certified

Singles[edit]

The JVB era (1956–1959)[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US US
R&B
1956 "Never Grow Old" [A]
1959 "Precious Lord (Part 1)" [B]
"—" denotes the single failed to chart
Notes
  • A "Never Grow Old" was reissued by Checker Records in 1957, 1968 and 1973.
  • B "Precious Lord (Part 1)" was reissued by Checker Records in 1960 and 1969.

The Columbia era (1960–1966)[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[1][10]
US
R&B

[1][10]
US
A/C

[1][10]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
1960 "Today I Sing the Blues" 10
1961 "Won't Be Long" 76 7
"Are You Sure"
"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" (A-side) 37 30 12
"Operation Heartbreak" (B-side) 6
1962 "I Surrender, Dear" (A-side) 87
"Rough Lover" (B-side) 94
"Don't Cry, Baby" 92
"Just for a Thrill" (A-side) 111
"Try a Little Tenderness" (B-side) 100
"Trouble in Mind" 86
1963 "Here's Where I Came In (Here's Where I Walk Out)" (A-side) 125
"Say It Isn't So" (B-side) 113
"Skylark"
"Kissin' by the Mistletoe"
1964 "Soulville" 121
"Runnin' Out of Fools" 57 30
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"
1965 "Can't You Just See Me" 96
"One Step Ahead" 119 18
"(No, No) I'm Losing You" 114 34
"You Made Me Love You" 109 32
1966 "Tighten Up Your Tie, Button Up Your Jacket"
"Until You Were Gone"
"Cry Like a Baby" 113 27
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

The following singles were released or re-released after Franklin left Columbia.

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[1][10]
US
R&B

[1][10]
US
A/C

[1][10]
CAN
[4]
1967 "Lee Cross" 31
"Take a Look" 56 28 36
"Mockingbird" 94 57
1968 "Soulville" (re-release) 83
1969 "Jim"
"Today I Sing the Blues" (re-release) 101
"—" denotes the single failed to chart

The Atlantic era (1967–1979)[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Albums
US
[1][10]
US
R&B

[1][10]
US
A/C

[1][10]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1967 "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (A-side) 9 1 5 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
"Do Right Woman — Do Right Man" (B-Side) 37
"Respect" 1 1 14 3 10
"Baby I Love You" 4 1 51 3 39 Aretha Arrives
"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" 8 2 36 11 Lady Soul
"Chain of Fools" 2 1 51 4 43
1968 "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 37 Aretha Arrives
"(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (A-side) 5 1 76 6 47 Lady Soul
"Ain't No Way" (B-side) 16 9
"Think" (A-side) 7 1 49 6 26 Aretha Now
"You Send Me" (B-side) 56 28
"The House That Jack Built" (A-side) 6 2 11 Aretha's Gold
"I Say a Little Prayer" (B-side) 10 3 8 4 Aretha Now
"See Saw" (A-side) 14 9 29 11
"My Song" (B-side) 31 10 Non-album song
1969 "The Weight" (A-side) 19 3 38 12
"The Tracks of My Tears" (B-side) 71 21 Soul '69
"I Can't See Myself Leaving You" (A-side) 28 3 22 Aretha Now
"Gentle on My Mind" (B-side) 76 50 Soul '69
"Share Your Love with Me" 13 1 16 This Girl's in Love with You
"Eleanor Rigby" 17 5 91 19
1970 "Call Me" (A-side) 13 1 11
"Son of a Preacher Man" (B-side)
"Don't Play That Song" (with The Dixie Flyers) 11 1 13 13 Spirit in the Dark
"Spirit in the Dark" (with The Dixie Flyers) (A-side) 23 3 48
"The Thrill Is Gone" (with The Dixie Flyers) (B-side)
"Border Song (Holy Moses)" (A-side) 37 5 35
"You and Me" (with The Dixie Flyers) (B-side)
1971 "You're All I Need to Get By" 19 3 32
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (A-side) 6 1 40 8
"A Brand New Me (B-side)
"Spanish Harlem" 2 1 6 17 5 14
"Rock Steady" (A-side) 9 2 12
"Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)" (B-side) 73 9 73
1972 "Young, Gifted and Black"
"Day Dreaming" 5 1 11 13
"All the King's Horses" (A-side) 26 7 70
"April Fools" (B-side)
"Wholy Holy" 81 49
1973 "Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)" 33 8 61
"Angel" 20 1 44 47 37
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" 3 1 33 8 26
1974 "I'm in Love" 19 1 22
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" 47 6 44
"Without Love" 45 6 63
1975 "With Everything I Feel in Me" 20
"Mr. D.J. (5 for the D.J.)" 53 13
1976 "You" 15
"Something He Can Feel" 28 1
"Jump" (A-side) 72 17
"Hooked on Your Love" (B-side)
1977 "Look into Your Heart" 82 10 77
"Break It to Me Gently" 85 1
"When I Think About You" 16
1978 "Almighty Fire (Woman of the Future)" 103 12
"More Than Just a Joy" 51
1979 "Ladies Only" 33
"Half a Love" 65
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not certified

The Arista era (1980–2007)[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[1][10]
US
R&B

[1][10]
US
A/C

[1][10]
US
Dance

[1][10]
AUS
[3]
CAN
[4]
UK
[5]
1980 "United Together" 56 3
1981 "What a Fool Believes" 17 39 46
"Come to Me" 84 39 89
"Love All the Hurt Away" (with George Benson) 46 6 49
"Hold On I'm Comin'" 53
"It's My Turn" 29
1982 "Livin' in the Streets"
"Jump to It" 24 1 4 42
"Love Me Right" 22
1983 "This Is for Real" 63
"Get It Right" 61 1 9 74
"Every Girl (Wants My Guy)" 7
1985 "Freeway of Love" 3 1 11 1 6 5 68
"Who's Zoomin' Who" 7 2 10 1 38 19 11
"Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (with Eurythmics) 18 66 10 15 33 9
1986 "Another Night" 22 9 21 4 67 44 54
"Freeway of Love" (re-release) 53
"Ain't Nobody Ever Loved You" 30 9 94 78
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" 21 20 33 36 21 58
"Jimmy Lee" 28 2 17 19 64 46
1987 "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael) 1 5 2 12 1 4 1
"Rock-A-Lott" 82 25 4 84
"If You Need My Love Tonight" (with Larry Graham) 88
1988 "Oh Happy Day"
"If Ever a Love There Was" (with Four Tops) 31 26
1989 "Through the Storm" (with Elton John) 16 17 3 63 18 41
"It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be" (with Whitney Houston) 41 5 18 43 29
"Gimme Your Love" (with James Brown) 48 79
1991 "Everyday People" 13 33 69
"Someone Else's Eyes" 53
"What You See Is What You Sweat"
1992 "Ever Changing Times" (with Michael McDonald) 19 11 38
"Someday We'll All Be Free"
1994 "A Deeper Love" 63 30 1 5
"Willing to Forgive" 26 5 22 17
"Jump to It" (CJ's Master Mix) 18
"Honey" 114 30
1996 "It Hurts Like Hell" 116 51
1998 "A Rose Is Still a Rose" 26 5 1 22
"Here We Go Again" 76 24 1 68
"In Case You Forgot"
2003 "The Only Thing Missin'" 53 7
"Wonderful" 46
2007 "Never Gonna Break My Faith" (with Mary J. Blige) 103
"Put You Up on Game" (with Fantasia) 41
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not certified

The later years (2008–Present)[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[1][10]
US
R&B

[1][10]
US
A/C

[1][10]
US
Dance

[1][10]
2009 "Angels We Have Heard on High"
2011 "How Long I've Been Waiting" 91
2014 "Rolling In the Deep" (The Aretha Version) 47
"—" denotes the release failed to chart

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album
1985 "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" (duet with Eurythmics) Be Yourself Tonight
1992 "Someday We'll All Be Free" Malcolm X (soundtrack)
"If I Lose" White Men Can't Jump (soundtrack)
1993 "What Now My Love" (duet with Frank Sinatra) Duets
1994 "Respect" (live version) Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume II[11]
"Bridge over Troubled Water" (live version) Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume III[12]
"The Makings of You" A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield
1995 "It Hurts Like Hell" Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album
"You've Got a Friend" (BeBe & CeCe Winans feat. Aretha Franklin) Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King
1997 "I'll Fly Away" Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute
1998 "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" (with The Blues Brothers) Blues Brothers 2000 (soundtrack)
"Chain of Fools" (live, duet with Mariah Carey) VH1 Divas Live
1999 "Don't Waste Your Time" (duet with Mary J. Blige) Mary
2005 "A House Is Not a Home" So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross
"A Message from Aretha" I Gotta Make It
"Gotta Make It (Remix)" (Trey Songz feat. Aretha Franklin & Juvenile)
2006 "Never Gonna Break My Faith" (duet with Mary J. Blige) Bobby - Original Soundtrack
2010 "You've Got a Friend" (Ronald Isley feat. Aretha Franklin) Mr. I
2011 "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (duet with Tony Bennett) Duets II (Tony Bennett album)

Note[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments Vol. 2: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume III: Various Artists". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 

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