Yearly Most Successful Female Album: The beginning (1960-1982)

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1968 – Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now

After I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You, Franklin continued her strong run with the Top 5 album Aretha Arrives, home of #4 hit Baby I Love You. In early 1968 the prolific singer dropped Lady Soul, a #2 album which had as many as 3 Top 10 hits. They were (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (#8), Chain of Fools (#2)  and (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone (#5).

She was on such a roll that it wasn’t enough to be her biggest album from the year. The LP Aretha Now was a #3 record. It contained 2 Top 10 singles, Think and I Say a Little Prayer (as a B-Side of stand-alone hit The House That Jack Built). These two singles became her main two songs behind Respect. Let’s see how they perform among the artist’s top songs on Spotify:

  1. Respect – 132 million
  2. I Say a Little Prayer – 84 million
  3. Think – 49 million
  4. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – 32 million
  5. Son of a Preacher Man – 25 million

Chain of Fools comes next at 17 million. In other words I Say a Little Prayer and Think are just as strong combined as Respect, both accounting for about 40% of total streams from her greatest hits packages. Thus, Aretha Now edges ahead of Lady Soul in a year dominated hands down by Miss Franklin.

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For 1970 would Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon. not be a contender as it contains her biggest hit “Big Yellow Taxi” which has over 117m streams on so would have a decent share of her compilation sales as compared to Diana’s debut as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough doesn’t even have 50m compared to Diana and Supremes tracks which have many more


Kind of disappointing how low Barbra Streisand stream is today considering how huge she was back then. Yet today even somebody like Cher and Tina Turner and Dolly Parton would outstream her by a significant margin, when I dont think any of those girls are even close to the total CSPC that she managed to produce.


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