Respect (2:26)

Cover of I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

From I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and 345 other releases

“Respect” is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. “Respect” became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. While Redding wrote the song as a man’s plea for respect and recognition from a woman, the roles were reversed for Franklin’s version. Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the Rock & Roll era, earning her two Grammy Award in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored Franklins version by adding it to the National Recording Registry. It is number five on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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What you want, baby, I got it
What's you need? You know I got it
All I'm askin' is for a little respect when you get home
Hey baby, when you get home, mister

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  • bazooka-joe76

    You can never go wrong with a little R E S P E C T...

    5 Aug 7:15am Reply
  • ConnardNinja


    11 Jun 3:08pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Yo are so right thierrydesmet if we only had a bit of it nowadays....

    7 Jun 4:31pm Reply
  • thierrydesmet

    I got it babe !!! R E S P E C T !!! that' s the only way............. :-)

    1 Jun 1:46pm Reply
  • marjo47

    This is old school Soul!

    20 May 3:48pm Reply
  • MatheuusSam

    unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable, just UNBELIEVABLE !

    9 Apr 4:41pm Reply
  • analogmikke

    untouchable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    29 Mar 2:20pm Reply
  • AneezMom

    Still going strong - love it!

    26 Mar 9:01pm Reply
  • alegrantXCX


    7 Mar 7:26pm Reply
  • stevemainwaring

    The real thing

    20 Feb 9:37pm Reply
  • riverliffey

    I remember when Babs Bunny went roller-skating with her Walkman to this!

    7 Feb 3:39pm Reply
  • riverliffey

    Beyoncé, or whoever the new wannabes are, THIS is how it's done. [4]

    7 Feb 3:23pm Reply
  • silversurfer250

    "Respect" is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few minor changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding's version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won't care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect, when he comes home ("respect" being a euphemism). However, Franklin's version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his "respect". Franklin's version adds the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers' refrain of "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me..."

    1 Feb 4:25pm Reply
  • TheSoulKing

    Beautiful <3

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • hammbone41

    This will never die

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • uauschmitz

    Gott, Ich liebe dieses Lied und diese Künstlerin. - God, I love this song and this artist.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply

    The real Queen!!!

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kolan25

    * fine

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    T back, real good.

    4 Nov 2013 Reply
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