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Aretha Franklin — Rock Steady
Album: 30 Greatest Hits
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Released: 1971
Length: 3:03
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Rock steady, baby - That's what I feel now;
Let's call this song exactly what it is...

Step n' move your hips with a feelin' from side to side;
Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride...
And while you're movin', rock steady, rock steady, baby;
Let's call this song exactly what it is...
(What it is, what it is, what it is...)
It's a funky and low down feelin'
(What it is...) In my hips from left to right;
(What it is...) What it is is I might be doin'
(What it is...) This funky dance all night....
Oh, oh! (Clap your hands in the air! Got a feelin', ain't got a care!)
Oh-ah! (What fun to take this ride! Rock steady will only slide!)

Rock steady! Rock steady, baby.
Rock steady! Rock steady, baby.

Step n' move your hips with a feelin' from side to side;
Sit yourself down in your car and take a ride...
And while you're movin', rock steady, rock steady;
Let's call this song exactly what it is...
(What it is, what it is, what it is...)
It's a funky and low down feelin'
(What it is...) In my hips from left to right;
(What it is...) What it is is I might be doin'
(What it is...) This funky dance all night....
Oh-ah! (Clap your hands in the air! Got a feelin', ain't got a care!)
Oh-ah! (What fun to take this ride! Rock steady will only slide!)

Rock steady, baby!
Rock steady... whoo! Rock steady...

Rock! Steady!
Rock! Steady!

(What it is...) It's a funky and low down feelin',
(What it is...) In my hips from left to right;
(What it is...) What it is is I might be doin'
(What it is...) This funky dance all night....
Oh, ah! (Clap your hands in the air! Got a feelin', ain't got a care!)
Oh-ah! (What fun to take this ride! Rock steady will only slide!)

Rock steady! Steady it, baby!
Rock... rock steady, baby...
[fade begins]
Baby... (What it is...)
Baby, baby... (What it is...)
Baby... (What it is...)
Baby...
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Aaaaah! The good version!
So many hiphop samples came from this record.

Classic is an underrated term for this song
20!
Those horns tho!

When I was in college 20 some years ago, we had a party band that were all music majors from the Chicago area; called themselves "I-55". All music majors so the could cover all of the horn parts. Of course, they covered a lot of the band Chicago!
 deepwoodskev wrote:
Opening bass riff sure sounds a lot like the opening to:

FatAlbert


 
This tune came out in 1971 - a year or so before Fat Albert and his pals showed up on Saturday morning TV.
What it is what it is what it is!
Love you Aretha!
R.I.P. momma
I was in the other room when this song came on. I could instantly tell it was the unmistakable powerhouse voice of Aretha. That unmistakable, uncomparable, unforgettable voice of Aretha. RIP, Queen of Soul.
OOOOH, Aretha, we are gonna MISS YOU.  {#Cry}
{#Roflol}{#Bounce}
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2} UGHHH! Hard to sit still with this one!
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
When ya hear pipes like that, even Disco is acceptable.
 
Agreed, but this is not "Disco".
Nice, funky bass line.
When ya hear pipes like that, even Disco is acceptable.
I have always liked Aretha Frankin and I especially so when she sings this genre - funk-tastic!
 freddyfender wrote:
Anyone who rates this super funky song a 1 should be banished to Travis Tritt radio for an eternity.

 
Travis Tritt radio and eternity sound severe, but fair...
Anyone who rates this super funky song a 1 should be banished to Travis Tritt radio for an eternity.
still sounds good Aretha
Opening bass riff sure sounds a lot like the opening to:

FatAlbert


Oh yea, chair dancing at work...
sing it Susie B
how about "Don't Play That Song"
she gives us a great performance on that one 
Music that keeps you from falling your ladder.
 ThePoose wrote:
fucking funky for fuck's sake

 
We do have a mixed ages audience,   perhaps a tad of restraint?
Not that I disagree with your sentiment.


 baylees wrote:
she deserved her  R E S P E C T  

next  time  play  chain of fools please ( not sure of the tile)    chain chain chain....

 
oh yeah , 'Chain Of Fools' 
Joe South's guitar opens it
one of the best licks ever  
fucking funky for fuck's sake
 Thank God for Jerry Wexler!

Skydog wrote:
sweet Sister

 

sweet Sister
 willmcnaught wrote:
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}

 
yep, that's the way to start the day
 
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}
she deserved her  R E S P E C T  

next  time  play  chain of fools please ( not sure of the tile)    chain chain chain....
This was the baseline soundtrack for my West Coast Trail adventure this summer. A fabulous rhythm and refrain for climbing the 85 kms of rocks, roots, and ladders with 60 pounds on my back!
Aretha's lost maybe 80 lbs and looks great.  And she's out rockin it for her millions of fans.  {#Dancingbanana_2}    Of which I'm one.
{#Dancingbanana}
Wow! Very powerful and fresh voice at the time! {#Cheers}
Aretha remains wonderful.
Oh yeah!
Fantastic piece of music.    (shake it now people, feel that umm umm um  : )
 old_shep wrote:
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 

 

The proper phrase for the genre is Hip-Hop and you aren't hearing the right kind. Just like any other genre of music; commerical vs. non-commercial.
Yup, Yes, and Ohhh Yeah!
Mimosas and kitchen dancing!!! Nice groove man...
 
 old_shep wrote:
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 

 
Rap's not the only form of music there is (from whichever "industry" you are referring to).  There are still plenty of soul singers around if you bother to look and listen.  Shirley Jones & the Dap Kings are one example, and they're played on RP.
Love it!
everybody get up and dance! 
man this thing just woke me up.
just try and sit still with on.

8.1 hell its a 10 
It's eerie how great music always has that timeless quality, a freshness that suggests it was just made last week.
No question where Talking Heads got the groove for Slippery People from. 
Had this rated at 9.  What was I thinking?  Gots to be a 10!
She accompanied herself on piano at Harvard commencement today singing our national anthem.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kC59qNwt3A
what it is what it is  {#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Bananasplit}
Chair dancing!
Thank you for sharing your gift
saw Koko @ Ft. Lauderdale Jazz festival 1989  WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bill  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I just returned home   The dogs are going crazy ( I am @ eastern time) 1:50 am  I hear KoKo Taylor then  Aretha  Iam dancing  Jake Sam (dogs) r going nutz     Then  u play  Ian Anderson  (Stand Up )  HOW CAN I EVER GO 2 SLEEP ??????????

Bouree  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Merry X-mas
 apd wrote:

Srsly? You don't see a connection? There's a more obvious straight line from this to Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", but the rappers are a tributary of the river too.

 
Rap is a devolvement, not a tributary. That doesn't lessen its significance.
What a voice. Even when the material is not all that fine, her voice raises it to another level. 
{#Bananapiano}  {#Drummer}  {#Nyah}  {#Cheers} {#Sunny}  {#Kiss} {#Sunny} {#Dance} {#Dancingbanana} {#Clap} {#Motor} {#Bananajam} {#Dancingbanana_2} {#Jump} {#Notworthy} {#Bananajumprope}
So much for working today!
 Cynaera wrote:
No one can come close to Aretha when she's on top of her game.  This song is going from 9 to 10.  I just love it.{#Dancingbanana_2}
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
It's a funky and low down feelin' 
(What it is...) In my hips from left to right;
(What it is...) What it is is I might be doin' 
(What it is...) This funky dance all night....

please pass on all the commentary and just shake it People!  It's fun, it's timeless! 
 old_shep wrote:
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 
 
Srsly? You don't see a connection? There's a more obvious straight line from this to Beyonce's "Crazy in Love", but the rappers are a tributary of the river too.
 old_shep wrote:
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 
 
Devolve? Oh Pleeeese. This lovely stuff is still with us to listen to and others have taken up Arethea's batten, so to speak, over the years. 

Just because you have no time for rap does not mean it is not another strain of music that is worthwhile. There is a time and place for everything, just the other day I found some old Gangster Rap from a Mr B.I.G and played it rather loud. It was jolly good. 

On the other hand I'd probably never do that with, say, germanic opera. But I will not diss it because I know that, for some, it is like Audio Honey. 

Enjoy what you enjoy, but please avoid being so narrow minded.

Thank you. 
 old_shep wrote:
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 
 
Beats me, and I've often wondered that same thing. We went from Aretha, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, et al, to the world of people shouting doggerel over drum machines?
How did the industry that gave us this talent and inspiration devolve to, pardon the vulgarity,  Rap.....?
 
Wow Bill you sure know how to put a show together Koko Taylor Followed by the Queen of Soul Thanks ...
NICE!!!  {#Bananapiano} {#Bananajumprope} {#Drummer} {#Daisy} {#Sunny} {#Dance} {#Dancingbanana} {#Motor} {#Bananasplit} {#Boohoo} {#Guitarist} {#Bounce}{#Dancingbanana} {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} {#Cowboy}
what. it. is.
Yeah, Aretha!
 helgigermany wrote:
Very nice!
 


This song is soooo good for the external auditory meatus...

Get it!!  {#Dancingbanana_2}
Dancin the night away... Happy New Year
Love the 'what it is what it is'.  Reminds me of driving to a fishing camp in rural Mississippi in a friend's old mustang.  We four girls felt completely bad ass....
I had the pleasure of hearing sister Aretha live...it was as if I'd never heard her sing before (as great as her albums are)
Great - outstanding!
Yo what it is?{#Cowboy}8
 Bat wrote:
Barry Gordy and Motown Records made some great music, but thank god they never got their hooks into this Detroit singer.
 
Yes, the Atlantic and Stax recording artists had a very different sound than those on Motown and Tamla records.  Not necessarily better or worse, just different.  They all had outstanding studio musicians though.  Great tune!
Yeah...............................U...Right!
Such a great segue from Allison Krauss! Two women who just gush soul and authenticity, in two incredibly delicious flavors. Would love to hear them perform a duet.

You know, Aretha has many different songs in her repertoire besides the ONE song that we have all heard over and over again on the radio and everywhere else (including, unfortunately, here on RP).  I like to think of RP as playing alternative music, so I am disappointed that RP can't enlighten us with some of the many OTHER wonderful songs by this amazing artist.
{#Frown} 
the world is a better place when this song is playing.   WORD.

Yeah, baby, we are on-a-roll this sunny afternoon .. shake that thang—slowly, please—y'all! {#Devil_pimp}
That is one fucking BBB (badass-bassass-bassline) !
 Photo-John wrote:

Ten. God(dess) like, suckers.


 
Amen!

Ten. God(dess) like, suckers.


I can't decide which is more Godlike, the lead vocals, the bass line, or the drums.
What it iz.
No one can come close to Aretha when she's on top of her game.  This song is going from 9 to 10.  I just love it.{#Dancingbanana_2}
Barry Gordy and Motown Records made some great music, but thank god they never got their hooks into this Detroit singer.
 plaice3 wrote:

bump!
 

wow this is funny thanks Plaice3, only on RP! 

 Hannio wrote:

 
LOL - Love it!

we need the Goddesslike rating please!  No one does it like her! They just cant!  She just talks to us and then sings and moans on top of it all!  This woman no one can touch her! What it is!!
The Q.U.E.E.N. y'all ...

(Kudos to Hannio—or the actual author—for the animated gif below ... genial!!) {#Clap}
this song hit the right notes at exactly the right time to make my day 96.4% better.

10+
{#Flamed}
I was having some memories of watching "Soul Train" when I was a kid—-and can feel and remember, viscerally, the excitement of watching the kids dance down the line to this song—how they were all the epitome of cool at the time.

 Hannio wrote:

 
bump!


So smooth and cool
RP has to be the first radio station in history (air, internet, or otherwise) to play both Puscifer and Aretha. Love it!

That giff is freakin' hilarious!  Perfect for this song!
What's the blue light on Obama's face!?  He gettin pulled over for a DWB!? 
 
Very nice!
 Hannio wrote:

 
Hannio, did you create this yourself?  If so, KUDOS!  If not, where'd you find it?  I WANT it.  Oh - and I loved the song, too. 

i had to show my husband that cute jeep ride
 Hannio wrote:

 
{#Lol} They are boppin in time to the music! Celebrating the health care bill! Yes!

 jadedragon wrote:
God, I wish I still did acid!!! This is the best thing I've EVER seen!!!! Thank you!!!!!

ROTFLMAO!!!!!
 


FUNK ME, GIRLFRIEND!!!



'Retha, baby!
top ten best dance song.
One of her better performances - long a favorite of mine.
 WayUpNorth wrote:
DF
 
     See,,,much steadier !

 Hannio wrote:

 

ROTFLMAO!!!!!
 Mandible wrote:
Oh my gawd. Love this morning's line up! Put some pep in my step!!!!!! Thanks!
Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
Shannon McNally - Down and Dirty
 
And again today. Magnificent.

Hell yes!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}
 okelle wrote:
It's the queen of soul.
 
All hail the Queen!  {#Notworthy}
DF
{#Dancingbanana}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}

{#Bananapiano}I just jumped out of the couch and started dancing around. I feel like a million bucks just from listening to this song. The soul in it just pours out all over you!

dig the bass


It's the queen of soul.