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Aretha Franklin's 50 Greatest Crown Jewels - Her 50 Best Hits

The following is a special ranking of Aretha Franklin's 50 Greatest Songs in countdown order from No. 50 to No. 1, courtesy of djrobblog. It's a celebration of the Queen's recent 75th birthday and her enduring career that has spanned an unparalleled six (!) decades in the field of R&B.

In creating the list, I use the typical djrobblog criteria: chart performance, sales, endurance, influence, and quality (the latter being a subjective factor on which opinion - mine - had some influence).

So which of her many hits will be at the top? Is it "Respect" or "A Natural Woman"? Or could it be "Until You Come Back To Me" or "Chain of Fools" that pulls a surprise ranking? Is it "Day Dreaming" that should rank as her best? Or maybe you're more partial to her '80s fare, like the George Michael duet ("I Knew You Were Waiting For Me") or "Freeway of Love."

Whichever one it is, I'm sure you'll enjoy this rewind through time as Aretha belts out her best gems. Audio or video clips are included for each song, along with select stories.

So scroll through this special countdown and enjoy the Queen of Soul in all her best diva glory, with her 50 Greatest Songs Ever.

Source: http://djrobblog.com/?p=4423

50. Won't Be Long (1961)

Aretha began her chart career with Columbia Records and this was her first of 73 Hot 100 singles in early 1961.

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