Greatest Hits: 1980–1994

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Greatest Hits: 1980–1994
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Greatest hits album by Aretha Franklin
Released March 1994
Recorded 1980–1994
Genre R&B, rock, pop
Length 71:13
Label Arista
Aretha Franklin chronology
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings
(1992)Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings1992
Greatest Hits: 1980–1994
The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's
(1994)The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The 60's1994

Greatest Hits: 1980–1994 is the million-selling RIAA Platinum-certified first greatest hits album released by Aretha Franklin since she signed with Arista Records in 1980. It compiles her hits from 1980's Aretha through her most recent album at the time: 1991's What You See Is What You Sweat.

Songs from her 1989 album Through the Storm were not included in the set, nor were either of her duets with Elton John and Whitney Houston. Songs from her second Arista set, 1981's Love All the Hurt Away were not included either. Neither the title track hit duet with George Benson nor her Grammy Award-winning cover of "Hold On I'm Comin'" were in the set.

Other omissions include her hit duet with the Eurythmics' "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and her 1983 Top 10 R&B hit "Every Girl (Wants My Guy)", produced by Luther Vandross.


Wins: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (lifetime Achievement Award) Nominations: BEST FEMALE R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE A Deeper Love (Single)

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Freeway of Love" (from Who's Zoomin' Who?, 1985) N. Walden 5:52
2. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (Duet with George Michael, from Aretha, 1986) N. Walden 4:00
3. "Jump to It" (from Jump to It, 1982) Vandross 4:14
4. "Willing To Forgive"
  • Babyface
  • Simmons
5. "Doctor's Orders" (Duet with Luther Vandross, from What You See Is What You Sweat, 1991) Vandross 4:34
6. "United Together" (from Aretha, 1980) Jackson 5:02
7. "Who's Zoomin' Who" (from Who's Zoomin' Who?, 1985) N. Walden 4:43
8. "A Deeper Love" C+C Music Factory 4:34
9. "Honey" Babyface
10. "Get It Right" (from Get It Right, 1983)
  • Vandross
  • Miller
Vandross 4:15
11. "Another Night" (from Who's Zoomin' Who?, 1985)
  • Roy Freeland
  • Beppe Cantarelli
N. Walden 4:30
12. "Ever Changing Times" (Duet with Michael McDonald, from What You See Is What You Sweat, 1991)
  • Bacharach
  • Sager
13. "Jimmy Lee" (from Aretha, 1986)
  • N. Walden
  • Cohen
  • Glass
  • Anukampa Lisa Walden
N. Walden 5:45
14. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (Live)" (Duet with Bonnie Raitt and Gloria Estefan) Ken Ehrlich 4:26
15. "I Dreamed a Dream" (from What You See Is What You Sweat, 1991) David "Pic" Conley 4:18


Chart (1994) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[1] 75
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 34
UK Albums (OCC)[3] 27
US Billboard 200[4] 85

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ " – Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits 1980 - 1994" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ " – Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits 1980 - 1994". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Aretha Franklin | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Aretha Franklin Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits: 1980–1994". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Greatest Hits: 1980–1994 in the search field and then press Enter.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Aretha Franklin – Greatest Hits 1980-1994". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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