February 1974: Aretha Franklin Scores a Perfect 10 with a No. 3 Hit

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On Feb. 23, 1974, Aretha Franklin was sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 with one of her best singles, a sweet, soulful number called "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)." Co-written and recorded by Stevie Wonder some seven years prior, the single gave the Queen of Soul her first appearance in the Top 10 since "Day Dreaming" in 1972.

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But the track also gave Aretha a quirky first in pop chart history: with "Until You Come Back to Me," Aretha had a song enter every position on Billboard's Top 10, from 1 to 10. She was the first to achieve this, and only four others have done so since: Marvin Gaye, Madonna, Drake and Taylor Swift.

Here's a quick look at the other songs that filled up her Top 10 achievement.

"I Say a Little Prayer" (No. 10, 1968)

Although released as a B-side, this cover of the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic secured Aretha her ninth Top 10 in two years.

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"I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)" (No. 9, 1967) / "Rock Steady" (No. 9, 1971)

Aretha's first single for Atlantic Records and the funky "Rock Steady" both reached No. 9.

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"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" (No 8, 1967)

Aretha's thunderous tune (co-written by Carole King) only reached this high on the Hot 100, but it endures as one of her most immortal songs, as evidenced by that 2016 performance that brought King (and Barack Obama) to tears.

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"Think" (No. 7, 1968)

If "Respect" was the standout "I'm here" track on I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You in 1967, it was "Think" that served the same purpose on follow-up Lady Soul. And the Queen performed it powerfully in one of the standout sequences in The Blues Brothers a dozen years later.

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"The House That Jack Built" (No. 6, 1968) / "Bridge Over Troubled Water"/"Brand New Me" (No. 6, 1971)

"The House That Jack Built" threatened to be eclipsed on the charts by its B-side, "I Say a Little Prayer." Perhaps that's why Aretha's powerful cover of the Simon & Garfunkel favorite "Bridge Over Troubled Water" had its flipside count alongside it.

"(Sweet, Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone" (No. 5, 1968) / "Day Dreaming" (No. 5, 1972)

Inasmuch as an Aretha Franklin track can be "underrated," these two reached the middle of the Top 10, somewhat obscured by the other songs on this list.

"Baby I Love You" (No. 4, 1967)

Perhaps overshadowed by Aretha's first No. 1 (more on that in a moment), a new generation got to discover "Baby I Love You" when it appeared in the film Goodfellas.

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"Chain of Fools" (No. 2, 1968) / "Spanish Harlem" (No. 2, 1971)

Aretha notched two No. 2s in the first few years of her career: the powerful "Chain of Fools" and a fantastic rendition of "Spanish Harlem," made famous by Ben E. King more than a decade prior.

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"Respect" (No. 1, 1967)

It could only ever be this song as Aretha's first No. 1, couldn't it? Aretha would only hit No. 1 on the pop charts once more, with 1986's "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)," a duet with George Michael. By that point, she'd had a second wind of chart success, reappearing in the Top 10 after a years-long drought with 1985's "Freeway of Love" and "Who's Zoomin' Who."

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