A Rose Is Still a Rose (song)

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"A Rose Is Still a Rose"
Single by Aretha Franklin
from the album A Rose Is Still a Rose
Released February 10, 1998
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop soul, neo soul, R&B
Length 4:27
Label Arista
Writer(s) Lauryn Hill
Producer(s) Lauryn Hill
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"It Hurts Like Hell"
"A Rose Is Still a Rose"
"Here We Go Again"

"A Rose Is Still a Rose" is a 1998 single written and produced by Lauryn Hill and recorded and released by singer Aretha Franklin off the album of the same name. Written by Hill for Franklin, the song is feminist-based, focused on a motherly figure giving advice to a younger woman who keeps getting into bad relationships. Throughout the song, Franklin advises that in spite of everything and despite the woman's "scorned roses and thorn crowns" that the woman is "still a rose". Elements of the song "What I Am" by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians were sung throughout the song by Hill herself. The video features Franklin, Hill and other female R&B singers such as Faith Evans, Changing Faces, and Amel Larrieux and featured Elise Neal in the video as the protagonist. Released in 1998, the song became a surprise hit for Franklin, 40-plus years into her career, reaching number twenty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart while also reaching the UK top forty. The song helped its parent album reach gold status and remains one of Franklin's most played songs from her later years.

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  • Lead and background vocals by Aretha Franklin
  • Additional vocals by Lauryn Hill
  • Produced by Lauryn Hill


  1. ^ a b c d e f g A Rose Is Still A Rose (U.S. CD Single liner notes). Aretha Franklin. Arista Records. 1998. B00000635Y. 
  2. ^ "American single certifications – Franklin, Aretha – A Rose Is Still a Rose". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  3. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1998". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 111 (5): 75. January 30, 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 

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Preceded by
"Shout to the Top" by Fire Island feat. Loleatta Holloway
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
June 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"Sunchyme" by Dario G