Respect (song)

single by Otis Redding

"Respect" is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin.[1] In Franklin's version, the song is about a woman who wants her husband's respect.[2]

Franklin's version adds the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers'.


  1. "'Respect' Wasn't A Feminist Anthem Until Aretha Franklin Made It One".
  2. Dobkin, Matt (2004). I never loved a man the way that I love you Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the making of a soul music masterpiece (First St. Martin's Griffin ed.). New York: St Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312318294.