It’s hard to believe that Aretha Franklin is gone. With a catalog spanning decades, she and her voice have inspired musicians of all ages and millions of listeners as well. Following her passing at age 76, people around the world are coming together to support the Queen of Soul in the best way they know how: buying and streaming her records. On iTunes, her highest-charting titles include enduring classics like “Respect” (#1), “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (#3), “I Say A Little Prayer” (#5) and “Chain Of Fools” (#11), with many other huge songs further down the list. Additionally, the compilation 30 Greatest Hits is at #1 on the album list, with additional compilations on various record labels on the rise. Some of these titles are also among her strongest performers on Spotify: “Respect” leads with over 154 million plays total for its main studio version, as “I Say” comes in just under 99.5 million streams. (Nothing from Franklin’s vast catalog is currently charting on the service’s larger lists or Viral charts, but that could change.) A look at Shazam also puts the spotlight on those same two releases, both well over a million tags historically, with “I Say” (1.125 million) ahead of “Respect” (1.112 million) by a solid distance. It’s a fantastic response for a performer who so many cherish, and whose songs will live on forever. (Images courtesy of Atlantic Records)
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