Rolling Stone Hails Aretha Franklin's "Respect" as Greatest Song of All Time

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Rolling Stone's updated list of their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time has caused some debate among music fans and critics alike. But it's hard to deny their top pick: Aretha Franklin's immortal "Respect."

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The magazine's selections, updated Wednesday (Sept. 15) from its original 2004 publication, put the Queen of Soul's interpretation at No. 1 on the list, writing that it "catalyzed rock & roll, gospel, and blues to create the model for soul music that artists still look to today." In fact, it can be argued that its influence has only grown: on the original list, it placed at No. 5.

Other soul greats on the list include Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" (No. 3), Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (No. 6), Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" (No. 12) and Prince and The Revolution's "Purple Rain" (No. 18).

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