Aretha Franklin ‎– 30 Greatest Hits

An excellent double-length collection that offers 30 convincing reasons why Aretha Franklin reigns supreme as the most important female vocalist of her era!

Aretha Franklin’s voice is an instrument of such exquisite expression that it has been matched but a few times in the 20th century. Borrowing from jazz, soul, R&B, rock, pop, and, of course, gospel–and accompanying herself on piano–she created an artistic vision that was wholly realized. Hits includes most of her chart singles from those incomparable Atlantic years, from “Respect” in 1967 well into the ’70s, as well as noncharting classics like “Do Right Woman” and “Dr. Feelgood.” This is the definitive introduction to Franklin’s artistry, but be warned: get this and you’re going to want more. 

30 Greatest Hits zeroes in on Aretha Franklin’s prime recording period for Atlantic, from her breakout in 1967 with “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” through the end of 1974, during which the Queen of Soul truly reigned over the charts, she averaged over one pop hit every two months.

This two-disc set delivers all of her classics (“Respect,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Rock Steady”), plus much more excellent material for those who won’t recognize much more than the songs (and there are quite a few) that have entered the cultural consciousness (“I Say a Little Prayer,” “The Weight,” “Spirit in the Dark,” “Day Dreaming”).

It’s a great foundation to any collection that has yet to be equaled by a pair of Rhino sets, the two-volume Very Best of Aretha Franklin from 1994 and Aretha’s Best from 2001.