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8 Times Aretha Franklin Covered Younger Divas, From Adele to Mariah Carey

Aretha Franklin will always be the Queen of Soul, but her penchant for covering hits by music's younger diva generation -- from Mariah Carey to Sinéad O'Connor -- proves there's no genre, nor time period in popular music, that the legendary singer couldn't conquer.

Below, as the music industry mourns Franklin's passing at the age of 76, the legendary vocalist's nine most memorable covers of hits by the stars that followed her. 

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

Dozens of artists have put their twist on Adele's foot-stomping anthem since its 2010 release, but none have done it quite like Aretha, who lends her soaring vocals and inner fire to this standout cover from her 2014 collection Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. The cover debuted at No. 47 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2014, marking Franklin's milestone 100th hit on the chart.

Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U"

Only Aretha could dream up a jazzy, scatting version of the Prince-written, O'Connor-popularized hit, turning a somber ballad into an uptempo gem on this cover, also off Franklin's Diva Classics album.

Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"

Though she was forced to cancel a performance at Houston's 2012 funeral due to leg spasms, Franklin honored Nippy, her goddaughter, days later, performing the beloved singer's most memorable, heart-wrenching ballad at Radio City Music Hall. 

Alicia Keys' "No One"

Keys' swoon-worthy 2007 smash gets a reggae-tinged makeover in this Aretha cover, where she strips away the song's signature piano in favor of rhythmic island vibes. 

Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"

Celine Dion's signature Titanic theme has Aretha written all over it, so it comes as no surprise that the soul icon offered her version of the thunderous hit while performing in Cincinatti, Ohio in 2016.

Clivillés & Cole's "A Deeper Love"

Aretha had one of her biggest hits of the '90s with her version of "A Deeper Love" -- originally a diva house classic for Clivillés and Cole, the two producers behind dance-pop hitmaking outfit C&C Music Factory, with Deborah Cooper on lead vocal. Powerful as the original was, Aretha showed how massive diva house can be when recorded by the greatest diva of them all. Featured on the 1994 soundtrack to Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, the song was a No. 63 Hot 100 hit, and topped Billboard's Dance Club Play chart. 

Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" and "Hero"



It's no secret that Franklin was a fan of Mariah Carey, with whom she performed her "(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman" at VH1's inaugural Divas telecast in 1998. The elder diva nailed every note of the younger's swooping, sexy "Touch My Body" at a Washington, D.C. performance a decade later, and also gave a tear-jerking performance of Carey's "Hero" at the Essence Awards in 1994 to tribute her dear friend Reverend Jesse Jackson.