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Published:September 30th, 2014 19:25 EST

Rolling in the Deep: Who Sings it Better Aretha Franklin or Adele? Video

By Robert Paul Reyes

Aretha Franklin, the Once and Forever Queen of Soul, is dropping an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other divas.


"Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics" include Gladys Knight`s "Midnight Train to Georgia", Whitney Houston`s "I`m Every Woman", and Adele`s "Rolling in the Deep", although now it should be known as Aretha`s Rolling in the Deep.

Aretha Franklin is a soul and gospel icon, even children know that the 72-year-old singer commands and deserves respect for her astounding body of work.

Who isn`t familiar with the soul classic and women`s rights anthem "Respect", a song written and recorded by Otis Redding in 1965, but of course the definite version is Aretha`s single released in 1967.

The song "Respect" became an anthem for women`s rights, but Aretha wasn`t demanding respect in the workplace, she was pleading for sexual respect in the bedroom. "Respect" was a euphemism for sex, and she wanted her man to sock it to her when he got home.

In the same way that Aretha made "Respect" her own she makes "Rolling in the Deep" her own.

Listen to Adele and then Aretha Franklin, who does it best? These ladies of soul are both bonafide divas, but I would have to give the edge to Aretha.

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