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CTyankee

(64,120 posts)
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 10:46 AM Aug 2019

Which is the most iconic Aretha song?

I am torn between "Think" and "Respect."

Let me explain why I ask. I am having a little celebration and am putting together a play list with some of my favorite songs. Aretha is far and away at the top of my list (yeah, above the Beatles, Springsteen, Clapton, Carole King, and Elton John and others).

My question to you is: if you have to choose between the two Aretha songs above, which would you choose. I say "Respect" and friend says "Think."

Please help me decide by explaining your choice!

Thank, you, DUers!


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Think
3 (21%)
Respect
9 (64%)
Other (just Aretha please)
2 (14%)
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Which is the most iconic Aretha song? (Original Post) CTyankee Aug 2019 OP
"Natural Woman" CurtEastPoint Aug 2019 #1
I'm going to agree, Natural Woman best enshrines Aretha, reaches heights and depths... Anon-C Aug 2019 #7
Yes! FM123 Aug 2019 #16
I posted this video the other day (her Kennedy Center performance): demmiblue Aug 2019 #21
Thank you for the episode of when America was a great country, not so long ago. NNadir Aug 2019 #30
Think is my all time fave, but I think R E S P E C T is more iconic. lark Aug 2019 #2
I think I was looking at the message...at my age I now think Respect is better... CTyankee Aug 2019 #3
Agree totally wryter2000 Aug 2019 #13
I always loved "Gotta Find Me an Angel" MadLinguist Aug 2019 #4
Wow, the title alone sounds wonderful... CTyankee Aug 2019 #5
Best waltz... Trueblue Texan Aug 2019 #6
Hoping the Queen would come out dancing... CTyankee Aug 2019 #8
Needs more cowbell n/t malthaussen Aug 2019 #15
Played on the day of her funeral blaze Aug 2019 #22
Another excuse to repost one of my favorite videos! Danascot Aug 2019 #9
Thank you wryter2000 Aug 2019 #11
YES thanks for posting IADEMO2004 Aug 2019 #12
that was great! IcyPeas Aug 2019 #20
She was an absolute force of nature. smirkymonkey Aug 2019 #26
Yep, that was the first thing to come to my mind ProudLib72 Aug 2019 #31
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Mike Nelson Aug 2019 #10
Why choose? malthaussen Aug 2019 #14
You bet. I wanted to heavily emphasize females but there are male rock legends so I wanted CTyankee Aug 2019 #17
Make sure to include the Shirelles and Ronettes... malthaussen Aug 2019 #29
I think RESPECT is more iconic, but... IcyPeas Aug 2019 #18
This one gets my vote, for personal reasons: Coventina Aug 2019 #19
For me (and probably me alone), it's Chain of Fools frazzled Aug 2019 #23
"Respect" is probably most iconic, however my favorite is smirkymonkey Aug 2019 #24
Well, gotta say when I hear that song I think of Dianne Warwick...the whole Bachrach thing CTyankee Aug 2019 #25
Dionne Warwick is another legend. smirkymonkey Aug 2019 #27
This leads me right into Burt Bachrach's music and Bossa Nova... CTyankee Aug 2019 #28
My Country 'Tis of Thee. NNadir Aug 2019 #32

Anon-C

(3,430 posts)
7. I'm going to agree, Natural Woman best enshrines Aretha, reaches heights and depths...
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:15 AM
Aug 2019

It's a slow song! Name another slow song that runs this hot.

demmiblue

(37,208 posts)
21. I posted this video the other day (her Kennedy Center performance):
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 03:00 PM
Aug 2019



Such a beautiful performance and connection with the audience. Damn! Chills and tears every time.

NNadir

(33,671 posts)
30. Thank you for the episode of when America was a great country, not so long ago.
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 01:51 PM
Aug 2019

May we return to times of dignity like these.

lark

(23,504 posts)
2. Think is my all time fave, but I think R E S P E C T is more iconic.
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 10:54 AM
Aug 2019

Can't lose with either! Think is my all time favorite dancing song - every time I hear it I can't help but get up and dance about. Haven't listened to it since before my surgery because I can't dance until my neck heals - and that will take another 60 days. Once dr. clears me to move my head around, and it no longer hurts this will be the first song I dance to.

wryter2000

(46,629 posts)
13. Agree totally
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:46 AM
Aug 2019

Many of her songs are better than Respect, but Respect was a milestone in popular music.

Trueblue Texan

(2,551 posts)
6. Best waltz...
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:11 AM
Aug 2019

...hands DOWN is Natural Woman. But I "think" Respect gets my vote on this question.

The fun starts at :40 seconds


 

smirkymonkey

(63,221 posts)
26. She was an absolute force of nature.
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 11:29 AM
Aug 2019

One of the most amazing singers ever to have lived. I only wish I could have had the chance to see her perform live.

ProudLib72

(17,984 posts)
31. Yep, that was the first thing to come to my mind
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 02:00 PM
Aug 2019

I voted for "Respect," but I was on the verge of "Think" simply because of this clip.

Mike Nelson

(10,107 posts)
10. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:43 AM
Aug 2019

...is my pick. I love how a Black woman sang Otis' "Respect" - and gave it a new meaning. My personal favorite is "Chain of Fools" though... that one always gets me.

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CTyankee

(64,120 posts)
17. You bet. I wanted to heavily emphasize females but there are male rock legends so I wanted
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 12:23 PM
Aug 2019

to include them. Also, I wanted to honor the gay community contributions, hence the Village People.

IcyPeas

(22,146 posts)
18. I think RESPECT is more iconic, but...
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 02:51 PM
Aug 2019

when I saw your subject line the first song that actually popped into my head was THINK.

frazzled

(18,402 posts)
23. For me (and probably me alone), it's Chain of Fools
Sat Aug 24, 2019, 04:58 PM
Aug 2019

Just brings back memories. And Amazing Grace. If you haven't seen the recently released film (long lost footage) of her recording that album (and song) in front of a live audience in a church in 1972, then do so if you're an Aretha fan. It's amazing.

CTyankee

(64,120 posts)
25. Well, gotta say when I hear that song I think of Dianne Warwick...the whole Bachrach thing
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 11:24 AM
Aug 2019

that I loved b/c it was reminiscent of how I felt during the Vietnam War..."Walk on By" was another Bachrach, IIRC, and I loved that one...

 

smirkymonkey

(63,221 posts)
27. Dionne Warwick is another legend.
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 11:35 AM
Aug 2019

She is just amazing as well. These women have the most amazing voices. The British Celia Black tried imitating Dionne w/ "Anyone who had a Heart", but was a poor facsimile.



CTyankee

(64,120 posts)
28. This leads me right into Burt Bachrach's music and Bossa Nova...
Sun Aug 25, 2019, 12:17 PM
Aug 2019

I "discovered" bossa nova the year before it came to the U.S. big time. I had heard it when I was an 18 year old and traveled to Brazil with my mother. I was entranced by the beat and was thrilled when it "made it" in the U.S. Was that Bachrach's doing? I often wondered how it got here from Brazil. I loved it and love it to this day...

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