Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, passed away earlier today—but her memory will live on in our hearts and through our speakers. The singer, 76, lost a long-fought battle with pancreatic cancer and her family and countless fans around the world have since been mourning her loss.
"In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," Franklin's family told CNN, following her passing.
In honor of the talented musician and her legacy, we put together some of our favorite Aretha Franklin songs that everyone should have on their wedding playlists. From her slow, romantic ballads to her upbeat, iconic "Respect" (it'll get everyone on the dance floor at the reception—trust us), we rounded up our top 10 Aretha Franklin wedding playlist must-haves for your big day, because what is a wedding without the Queen of Soul, anyway?
1. "Baby I Love You"
She may have been known as the "Queen of Soul," but Franklin's second title should have been the "Queen of Wedding Songs." This fun hit from her 1967 album Aretha Arrives is a wedding day must-play.
2. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
This romantic ballad has been a first dance favorite since its release in 1967.
Aretha's iconic hit isn't just a fun dance song for your after-party—it has a badass message that every bride needs to hear.
4. "I Say a Little Prayer"
Ever since its appearance in My Best Friend's Wedding, this song is basically required listening at every rehearsal dinner.
5. "Chain of Fools"
We love this song for many reasons, but most of all because its upbeat feel is versatile and can pretty much be the background music to any part of your big day. Whether you need another dance floor song everyone can sing along to or just a tune to play during dinner, this 1968 hit is bound to make it on your track list.
6. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
This sweet, slow ballad from her 1967 album, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, is the perfect first dance song.
7. "Until You Come Back to Me"
"I'm gonna walk by myself / Just to prove that my love is true / Oh, for you baby / ‘Till you come back to me / That's what I'm gonna do."
8. "You Send Me"
Franklin's 1968 rendition of Sam Cooke's 1957 hit is another excellent contender for your first dance song. Just try not to cry too much.
If "Respect" made your reception dance playlist, "Think" should too. This fun, feel-good hit from her 1968 album Aretha Now will have everyone on their feet.
10. "Ain't No Way"
You haven't really slow danced until you've slow danced to Ain't No Way. If you don't use this tune as your first dance song, it is still the perfect way to end the night... if you know what we're saying.