106. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You

There’s no messing with Aretha’s position as the grand Imperial Empress of soul, and this is the album that solidified that place. Prior to this she’d spent years being messed about by Columbia Records, but once she found her way into the soul incubator that was Atlantic, she really began to stretch her abilities, and here she created a stunning ‘debut’ that stands up as an all-time soul classic.