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Aretha Franklin's cover of Respect ranked best song of all time


Rolling Stone magazine asked 250 music professionals to choose their favorite tracks. The work of Otis Redding, reinterpreted by the queen of soul, topped this ranking.


All I ask is a little respect when you come home (just a little) ...

" These first few lines set the tone for Respect, the song that Otis Redding created in 1965 and, that in a sublime cover, Aretha Franklin made immortal two years later in 1967. Today, a few weeks after the release of the eponymous film by Liesl Tommy, a biopic devoted to the queen of soul,

Rolling Stone


has just classified this immense



best song ever


Read also Aretha Franklin, a music legend

This absolute standard has a history.

At first, Otis Redding wrote the lyrics from his point of view, that is, that of a man, who wants his wife to respect him when he comes home.

Taken up by Aretha Franklin, the message suddenly turns around.

It is now up to the husband, called in English "


", to show respect to his wife or his partner.

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, Aretha Franklin gives a hymn to the cause of women

This reversal of values, recorded - this is not a detail on Valentine's Day 1967 - instantly becomes a symbol of women's liberation.

The biographer David Ritz will write in 2014 in

Respect: the life of Aretha Franklin

(not yet translated into French): “

Aretha knew how to masterfully appropriate the text of Otis and it became a kind of feminist talisman.


Aretha Franklin eclipses Bob Dylan

It had been seventeen years since

Rolling Stone last

updated its ranking of the best songs of all time. In 2004, this playlist of excellence, established after the vote of some 250 music professionals (critics, musicians, arrangers, etc.), elected

Bob Dylan's

Like a Rolling Stone


Three years after the death of the queen of soul, it is a beautiful posthumous consecration that she receives here.

The editorialists of the

Rolling Stone

do not seem to have been surprised by this deserved dubbing, but it must be admitted, well in the air of the time of MeToo as they wrote in their magazine: “Respect

catalyzed rock 'n'roll, gospel and blues to create the model of soul music that artists still turn to today.


And in tribute to Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, their interpretation of



Aretha Franklin sings


, the original 1967 version

Otis Redding sings


in 1965

Source: lefigaro

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