Happy Birthday, Aretha Franklin! Looking Back at the Queen of Soul's Top 40 Biggest Hot 100 Hits

The Queen of Soul celebrates her 75th birthday March 25.

As the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in 1987), and an Icon honoree at Billboard's 2014 Women in Music celebration, Aretha Franklin is a revered living legend and one of the most prolific singers of our time.

She's also won 18 Grammy Awards, was a Kennedy Center Honoree, and, for her humanitarian work, earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

On her 75th birthday (March 25), Billboard honors Franklin with a look at her biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Franklin debuted her first song on the Hot 100 when she was only 18 years old ("Won't Be Long," which peaked at No. 76 in March 1961). Since, she's gone on to chart an additional 72 titles on the Hot 100. Although Nicki Minaj passed her on the chart week dated April 1 with 76 titles, Franklin held the record for the most entries on the Hot 100 of any female artist for nearly 40 years. Franklin has scored 17 top 10s, including two No. 1s on the chart: the iconic "Respect," which held the top spot for two weeks in June 1967, and her duet with George Michael, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," which also ruled for two weeks, in April 1987.

On the Billboard 200, Franklin has charted 46 albums, with 1967's I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (featuring "Respect") her highest-charting, having peaked at No. 2. She's tallied six top 10s, while her most recent entry, Sings the Great Diva Classics, became her highest-peaking since 1985, reaching No. 13 in 2014.

Coincidentally, March 25 also marks Elton John's 70th birthday. Franklin and John share a duet, "Through the Storm," which ranks among her biggest Hot 100 hits on the list below.

Aretha Franklin's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

1, "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," Aretha Franklin & George Michael, peak position No. 1 (two weeks), peak date April 18, 1987

2, "Respect," No. 1 (two weeks), June 3, 1967

3, "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," No. 3, Feb. 23, 1974

4, "Freeway of Love," No. 3, Aug. 31, 1985

5, "Chain of Fools," No. 2, Jan. 20, 1968

6, "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," No. 5, March 30, 1968

7, "Spanish Harlem," No. 2, Sept. 11, 1971

8, "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"Brand New Me," No. 6, June 5, 1971

9, "Baby I Love You," No. 4, Sept. 9, 1967

10, "Who's Zoomin' Who," No. 7, Nov. 30, 1985

11, "Day Dreaming," No. 5, May 6, 1972

12, "Think," No. 7, June 15, 1968

13, "The House That Jack Built," No. 6, Sept. 7, 1968

14, "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)," No. 8, Nov. 4, 1967

15, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," No. 9, April 15, 1967

16, "I Say a Little Prayer," No. 10, Oct. 5, 1968

17, "Rock Steady," No. 9, Nov. 27, 1971

18, "Angel," No. 20, Sep. 1, 1973

19, "Don't Play That Song," Aretha Franklin With The Dixie Flyers, No. 11, Nov. 19, 1970

20, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves," Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin, No. 18, Dec. 7, 1985

21, "Call Me/Son of a Preacher Man," No. 13, Apr. 4, 1970

22, "I'm in Love," No. 19, June 1, 1974

23, "Through the Storm," Aretha Franklin & Elton John, No. 16, May 27, 1989

24, "See Saw," No. 14, Dec. 14, 1968

25, "Another Night," No. 22, March 22, 1986

26, "Share Your Love With Me," No. 13, Sept. 13, 1969

27, "Ain't No Way," No. 16, May 4, 1968

28, "Jumpin' Jack Flash," No. 21, Nov. 8, 1986

29, "Something He Can Feel," No. 28, Aug. 14, 1976

30, "Jimmy Lee," No. 28, Feb. 7, 1987

31, "Eleanor Rigby," No. 17, Dec. 13, 1969

32, "You're All I Need to Get By," No. 19, April 3, 1971

33, "The Weight," No. 19, March 22, 1969

34, "Master of Eyes (The Deepness of Your Eyes)," No. 33, March 31, 1973

35, "Jump to It," No. 24, Oct. 9, 1982

36, "A Rose Is Still a Rose," No. 26, May 2, 1998

37, "Willing to Forgive," No. 26, July 16, 1994

38, "I Can't See Myself Leaving You," No. 28, May 24, 1969

39, "All the King's Horses," No. 26, July 8, 1972

40, "Sprit in the Dark," Aretha Franklin With The Dixie Flyers, No. 23, June 27, 1970

Aretha Franklin's Biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100, through the April 1, 2017, ranking. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted to account for different chart turnover rates over various periods.

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