Aretha Franklin's 'Respect' Returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

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Aretha Franklin poses for a portrait circa 1967.

The late Aretha Franklin’s signature song, “Respect,” returns to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after 51 years as fans rallied around the tune following Franklin’s death on Aug. 16 at age 76.

“Respect," a former No. 1, re-enters the chart dated Sept. 1 at No. 21. The new chart, which blends sales, streaming and airplay data, reflects the first full chart tracking week following the Queen of Soul's passing. The latest sales and streaming tracking week ran Aug. 17-23, while its airplay week ran Aug. 20-26. 

The anthem sold 24,000 downloads in the week, up 23 percent from the week prior, and was the week’s top-selling R&B track and the fifth-biggest selling song across all genres. The song also picked up 5.4 million U.S. streams in the tracking window, up from 4.5 million in the previous frame.

“Respect” was Franklin’s second of a record-tying 20 No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, a feat matched only by Stevie Wonder. The 1967 classic, the second single from her I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You album, raced to the top spot in just three weeks and remained in charge for eight terms, the longest stay by any of Franklin’s No. 1 hits.

Though “Respect” is the only one of Franklin’s tunes that generated enough activity to return to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, several tunes from the late icon’s catalog received significant bumps in the tracking week. Franklin occupies 16 of the 25 positions on the R&B Digital Song Sales chart, led by “Respect” at No. 1 for a second straight week.

Here’s a full rundown of Franklin’s collection on R&B Digital Song Sales:

Position, Song
No. 1, “Respect”
No. 3, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”
No. 4, “I Say A Little Prayer”
No. 5, “Chain of Fools”
No. 6, “Think”
No. 9, “Freeway of Love”
No. 10, “Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”
No. 11, “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me” (with George Michael)
No. 12, “I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”
No. 13, “Rock Steady”
No. 15, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
No. 16, “Ain’t No Way”
No. 20, “Day Dreaming”
No. 21, "Who's Zoomin' Who?"
No. 24, “You’re All I Need to Get By”
No. 25, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”

The momentum naturally extends to Franklin’s albums as well, with her 30 Greatest Hits the chief beneficiary. The collection, which contains most of her big Atlantic Records singles, ascends 7-6 on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart, the diva’s highest rank in 50 years.

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