Respect (2:24)

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

From I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You and 360 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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  • apostolicupci

    if only people would live by the words of this song. RESPECT!

    14 Mar 1:27am Reply
  • Druid66

    She took Otis Redding's song, and now, she OWNS it!

    10 Feb 3:11am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl


    5 Feb 7:46pm Reply
  • birdhasflown95

    Me encanta este tema :D

    24 Jan 7:12pm Reply
  • misterguima

    Ouvir soul e não ouvir Aretha não faz sentido.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Franscissorhand


    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BennoTiger


    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • bazooka-joe76

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

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ConnardNinja


    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

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

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • thierrydesmet

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

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    This is old school Soul!

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • MatheuusSam

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

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • analogmikke

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

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • AneezMom

    Still going strong - love it!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • alegrantXCX


    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • stevemainwaring

    The real thing

    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • riverliffey

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

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • riverliffey

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

    7 Feb 2014 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 2014 Reply
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