The Top 10 Most Groundbreaking and Influential Albums of All Time

Album: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You / Artist: Aretha Franklin


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On Spring of 1967 , March 10th, this remarkable album was released, making this Aretha Franklin’s 11th studio album, and the first for Atlantic Records. “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” climbed to number two on the Billboard charts and went certified Gold within the same year. Aretha wears her heart on her sleeve as she tells it with unfettered emotion in tracks like “ Respect ,” “ Do Right Woman, Do Right Man ” and “ Drown in My Own Tears .” Although entertainment powerhouses like Rolling Stone berated the album for its lack of skillfulness, in part to the band, they were vindicated when the album was added to the magazine’s “100 Greatest Albums Ever”, making Aretha a notable force to be reckoned with.

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