Think (Aretha Franklin song)
|Single by Aretha Franklin|
|from the album Aretha Now|
|B-side||"You Send Me"|
|Released||May 2, 1968|
|Writer(s)||Aretha Franklin, Teddy White|
|Aretha Franklin singles chronology|
"Think" is a song performed by American R&B/soul musician Aretha Franklin. It was released as single in 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The song, a feminist anthem, reached No. 7 on Billboard Pop Singles Chart, becoming Franklin's seventh Top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached No. 1 on the magazine's Black Singles Chart, becoming her sixth single to top the chart. The song was written by Franklin and Ted White. Franklin re-recorded the song in 1989 for the album "Through the Storm". Pitchfork Media placed it at number 15 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".
The song is performed by a lead vocalist, backing vocalists, a brass section, organ, piano, two electric guitars, bass, and percussion.
In popular culture 
- Franklin lip-synched to a new, longer version of the song in a musical sequence of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. This version appears on the film soundtrack album, and in addition to Franklin's singing, features backup vocals from Franklin's sisters, Carolyn and Erma, and a recurring sax riff performed by Blues Brothers saxophonist Lou Marini. Because Franklin was unused to lip-syncing, this sequence required a number of takes and considerable editing.
- Franklin re-recorded the song for Mothers Against Drunk Driving as a public service announcement during the late 1980s.
- Aretha Franklin's recording features in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).
- A sound-alike was featured in a 2010 TV commercial for Big Lots, rewriting the lyrics to emphasize the discount store's slogan of "Value."
The song on Idol and X Factor 
The song was performed by four American Idol contestants: Diana DeGarmo in season 3 (2004), Katharine McPhee in season 5 (2006), LaKisha Jones in season 6 (2007), Siobhan Magnus in season 9 (2010), and Adam Brock in season 11 (2012).
McPhee's version of the song was released as a limited single from the American Idol 5: Encores album. The song became a minor Internet hit for McPhee—it was her first song to chart in the Pop 100, where it peaked at No. 90 due to download sales.
The song was also performed by season 3's Fantasia Barrino in her first week in Hollywood.
Australian Idol season 6 Finalist Chrislyn Hamilton also performed the song during Top 12 and received a Touchdown.
Amelia Lily performed this track on Season 8, Episode 24 of The X Factor (UK version)
The finalist of Polish version of X Factor Joanna Kwaśnik performed the song on Season 2, Episode 10.
Chart performance 
Aretha Franklin 
|U.S. Billboard Pop Singles Chart||7|
|U.S. Billboard Black Singles Chart||1|
|UK Singles Chart||26|
Katharine McPhee 
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||90|
|U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||21|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 215.
- "Think - Aretha Franklin" at Karaoke Version 
- Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers, documentary feature on 1998 DVD and 25th Anniversary DVD (2005).
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|Billboard's Hot Rhythm & Blues number one single (Aretha Franklin version)
June 15 – June 29, 1968 (three weeks)
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