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
Recorded 1984
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:09 (single edit)
5:52 (album version)
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Every Girl (Wants My Guy)"
"Freeway of Love"
"Who's Zoomin' Who"
"Every Girl (Wants My Guy)"
"Freeway of Love"
"Who's Zoomin' Who"

"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.[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]

The video was filmed primarily in black and white and shows videos of automobiles being manufactured in the early seventies (Ford Mustang) and a then-current Cadillac Cimarron.

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.

Clarence Clemons, who performs the saxophone during the song, is featured in the video, as well.



  • "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

Notably, Prince guitarist Dez Dickerson was featured on lead guitar on the Rock Mix.

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50)[4] 27
Canada (The Record)[5] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 27
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 16
UK Singles Chart[9] 51
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 11
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[12] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 1

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.[14]

A version by jazz musician Lea DeLaria appears in and on the soundtrack of the 2017 Pixar movie Cars 3.


  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. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ " Aretha Franklin – "Freeway of Love"". Hung Medien (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Lwin, Nanda (2000). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide 1975-present. Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1. 
  6. ^ " Aretha Franklin – "Freeway of Love"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  7. ^ " Aretha Franklin – "Freeway of Love"". Hung Medien. MegaCharts. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  8. ^ " – Aretha Franklin – Freeway of Love". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  11. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  13. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Pepper Mashay's "Freeway Of Love" Out Now On Capp Records". PRLog. August 6, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 

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Preceded by
"Save Your Love" by René & Angela
Billboard 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