Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Aretha Franklin – Respect


187 – Aretha Franklin – Respect (1967)
Written by Otis Redding
Produced by Jerry Wexler
Label – Atlantic

Given the year of release, “Respect” is an incredibly brave record. The safe bet would have been for Aretha to pursue the same route of her female peers in soul and R&B, and deliver music that rarely veered from its common purpose of loving and serving men. This empowering record not only touches on women’s rights, but also the embryonic civil rights movement that was beginning to have an effect on sociopolitical events in the U.S. at the tail end of the 60s. A dogged, unrelenting, and absolutely crucial song.

10 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Aretha Franklin – Respect

  1. I am a big Otis Redding fan [ a new, highly praised book on his life just came out and looking forward to reading it} but Aretha takes this song to new places. An anthem of the 60’s and rightly so.

  2. Great tune! I like Otis’s version as well but there is definitely something real powerful about the way Aretha delivers this one.

  3. Great choice. Not just an incredible track, but a great vocal performance. You can hear that it’s real. You can feel it, even.

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