Suppose” is a track written by American singer Aretha Franklin and Ted White, and first recorded by Franklin. It was launched as a single in 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The track reached No. 7 on the Billboard Scorching 100, turning into Franklin’s seventh high 10 hit in america. The track additionally reached #1 on the journal’s Scorching Rhythm & Blues Singles,[2] turning into her sixth single to high the chart. The track was written by Franklin and her then husband Ted White. Franklin re-recorded the track within the Atlantic Information New York studio for the soundtrack of the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers and in 1989 for the album By means of the Storm. Pitchfork positioned it at quantity 15 on its listing of “The 200 Biggest Songs of the Nineteen Sixties”.[3]

Billboard described the only as a “pulsating swinger with one other wild efficiency” that had the same really feel to “Respect” and which it anticipated would shortly attain one million gross sales.[4] Money Field mentioned it has “wailing lyrics of a hard-luck love affair” and “large rhythmic drive.”[5]

Chart efficiency

Chart (1968) Peak
Canada Prime Singles (RPM)[6] 6
France (IFOP)[7] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Prime 40)[8] 12
Netherlands (Single Prime 100)[9] 9
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 26
US Billboard Scorching 100[11] 7
US Billboard Scorching Rhythm & Blues Singles[11] 1
US Money Field[12] 7
US Report World[13] 7
West Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 32
Chart (2013) Peak
France (SNEP)[15] 135
Chart (2018) Peak
France (SNEP)[16] 112
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 77

Gross sales and certifications

Area Certification Licensed items/gross sales
Italy (FIMI)[19]
with Otis Redding, gross sales since 2009
Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based mostly on certification alone.
double-dagger Gross sales+streaming figures based mostly on certification alone.


Credit are tailored from the liner notes of Aretha Now.[22]


  • Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, piano
  • Willie Bridges, Floyd Newman – baritone saxophone
  • Charles Chalmers, Andrew Love – tenor saxophone
  • Tommy Cogbill, Jimmy Johnson – guitar
  • Roger Hawkins – drums
  • Wayne Jackson – trumpet
  • Jerry Jemmott – bass guitar
  • Spooner Oldham – Hammond organ
  • The Candy Inspirations – background vocals


  • Jerry Wexler – producer
  • Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin – preparations
  • Tom Dowd – engineer


Franklin lip-synched to a brand new model of the track in a musical sequence of the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers. As a result of Franklin was not used to lip-syncing, this sequence required plenty of takes and appreciable modifying.[23] The three:15 model of the track seems on the soundtrack album, and along with Franklin’s singing options the Blues Brothers band and backup vocals from Franklin’s sister Carolyn and cousin Brenda Corbett.

Franklin recorded an up to date 3:38 model titled “Suppose (1989)” for her 1989 album By means of the Storm. It was produced and organized by Arif Mardin along with his son Joe Mardin. She re-recorded the track for Moms In opposition to Drunk Driving as a public service announcement throughout the late Eighties.

Cowl variations

Katharine McPhee’s model of the track was launched as a restricted single from the American Idol 5: Encores (2006) album. The track turned a minor Web hit for McPhee—it was her first track to chart within the Pop 100, the place it peaked at No. 90 as a consequence of obtain gross sales.

Chart Peak
US Billboard Pop 100[24] 90

See additionally

  • Checklist of number-one R&B singles of 1968 (U.S.)

  • Track Evaluate at AllMusic

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