Aretha Franklin

1942 - 2018

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Aretha Louise Franklin ( ə-REE-thə; March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter and pianist. Referred to as the "Queen of Soul", Rolling Stone twice named her as the greatest singer in the history of popular music.As a child, Franklin was noticed for her gospel singing at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was a minister. At the age of 18, she was signed as a recording artist for Columbia Records. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aretha Franklin has received more than 27,939,385 page views. Her biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Aretha Franklin is the 4th most popular singer (down from 3rd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from United States (down from 29th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Singer.

Aretha Franklin is most famous for her soulful voice and her vocal range. She has been called the "Queen of Soul" and her music has spanned many genres, including blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock and roll, and jazz.

Memorability Metrics

  • 28M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 80.99

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 98

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 14.66

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.24

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Aretha Franklins by language

Over the past year Aretha Franklin has had the most page views in the with 2,324,693 views, followed by Italian (289,583), and German (274,779). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Northern Sami (123.59%), Finnish (121.41%), and Wu Chinese (91.55%)


Among singers, Aretha Franklin ranks 4 out of 4,381Before her are Elvis Presley, Édith Piaf, and Mick Jagger. After her are Janis Joplin, Maria Callas, Cher, Luciano Pavarotti, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Toto Cutugno, Charles Aznavour, and Tina Turner.

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Among people born in 1942, Aretha Franklin ranks 7Before her are Muhammad Ali, Paul McCartney, Martin Scorsese, Muammar Gaddafi, Joe Biden, and Stephen Hawking. After her are Amitabh Bachchan, Eusébio, Hu Jintao, Harrison Ford, Jimi Hendrix, and Ratko Mladić. Among people deceased in 2018, Aretha Franklin ranks 2Before her is Stephen Hawking. After her are George H. W. Bush, Kofi Annan, Charles Aznavour, Ingvar Kamprad, Montserrat Caballé, Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, Stan Lee, Bernardo Bertolucci, Miloš Forman, and Amos Oz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Aretha Franklin ranks 39 out of 20,380Before her are Pocahontas (1595), George Washington (1732), Ernest Hemingway (1899), Walt Disney (1901), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), and H. P. Lovecraft (1890). After her are Al Pacino (1940), Robert De Niro (1943), Janis Joplin (1943), Harry S. Truman (1884), F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896), and J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Aretha Franklin ranks 2Before her are Elvis Presley (1935). After her are Janis Joplin (1943), Maria Callas (1923), Cher (1946), Tina Turner (1939), Frank Sinatra (1915), Jim Morrison (1943), Joan Baez (1941), Tupac Shakur (1971), Patti Smith (1946), and Whitney Houston (1963).