Aretha Franklin was, hands down, one of the most-celebrated singers in American history. And this is not just a statement of conjecture, as she has the accolades to prove it. For instance, she was the first woman whom the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted. In 2010 Rolling Stone dubbed her the ‘Greatest Singer of All Time’. In 2012, she was also enshrined into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Aretha was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, was formally cited by the Pulitzer Prize committee, and so on and so forth. Ultimately her achievements are way too numerous to all be mentioned here.
The fact that Aretha has been recognized by diverse institutions alludes to her versatility. In fact she began her music career as a gospel singer. However, what she became best known for was her secular hits such as “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman“, “I Say a Little Prayer” and of course her signature tune, “Respect“. And accordingly she became well known as the Queen of Soul. Indeed by the time all was said and done, the songstress had dropped nearly 80 songs which appeared on the Billboard Hot 100.