Freeway of Love

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"Freeway of Love"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album Who's Zoomin' Who?
B-side "Until You Say You Love Me"
Released June, 1985
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:09 (single edit)
5:52 (album version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Every Girl (Wants My Guy)"
(1983)
"Freeway of Love"
(1985)
"Who's Zoomin' Who"
(1985)

"Freeway of Love" is a Grammy Award-winning hit song released as the first single from Aretha Franklin's Platinum-certified 1985 album Who's Zoomin' Who? produced by Narada Michael Walden. It was one of 1985's biggest hits in the United States, reaching the #3 position of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and topping the Hot R&B Singles chart for five weeks (from July 27, 1985 to August 24, 1985).[1]

The accompanying promotional music video was filmed entirely in Detroit, Michigan, and was one of the most popular videos of the year. In a remixed "rock" version, the song also topped the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, as well.[2] This single became Aretha's fifteenth Top 10 pop hit in the United States and earned her 12th Grammy Award, for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

The song features a notable contribution from Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Sylvester and Jeanie Tracy provided backup vocals.

Music video[edit]

Franklin co-owned Detroit's Club Taboo on Woodbridge where her "Another Night" music video was filmed. Portions of the "Freeway of Love" video were filmed at Doug's Body Shop, at 22061 Woodward, in Ferndale, Michigan.

Versions[edit]

  • "Freeway of Love" (single version) 4:09
  • "Freeway of Love" (LP version) 5:52
  • "Freeway of Love" (Rock Mix) (available on 12" single) 4:40
  • "Freeway of Love" (Extended Mix) (available on 12" single) 6:28

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 11

Cover versions[edit]

In 1986, "Weird Al" Yankovic covered the song as part of his polka medley "Polka Party!."

The song was covered in 2009 by house music/dance singer Pepper Mashay.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 216. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 103. 
  3. ^ http://www.prlog.org/10329022-pepper-mashays-freeway-of-love-out-now-on-capp-records.html

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Preceded by
"Save Your Love" by René & Angela
Hot Black Singles number one single
August 3, 1985 - August 31, 1985
Succeeded by
"Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston
Preceded by
"Glow" by Rick James
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
August 3, 1985 - August 17, 1985
Succeeded by
"Shout" by Tears for Fears