What Aretha Franklin had to Say about Today’s Pop Idols

Aretha Franklin at Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Photo by Clint Spaulding/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (8620280bt)

In Aretha’s final interview with Rolling Stone, she praised today’s pop stars highly.

It’s not out of the ordinary for old-school icons to be critical of today’s pop stars. Aretha Franklin, however, had nothing but nice things to say about the industry’s current pop idols. Here’s what the late soul legend had to say about Taylor Swift, Adele and the queen herself.

Taylor Swift

“I love whoever is dressing her. Love her clothes. I went to her website and saw she wore Oscar de la Renta, and I know she gets some things from Oscar. I tried to order that gown. It never fit.”


“I saw one of Adele’s promo pieces, and kids were on a bus singing ‘We could’ve had it all.’ They were just screaming it. But I was listening to the melody, I said ‘That’s a good melody, I like that melody.’ She’s a very, very fine, solid writer. I like her writing a lot. She has a lot to say. A lot of content. And, she’s a very good singer.  She reminds me how Carole King used to be with Tapestry. Her things are so original.”


“We have a lot of respect for each other,” Franklin said. “I love the beat of ‘Bootylicious.’ And ‘I’m a Survivor” (Franklin covered Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” at the end of her career.) “Beyonce is a very hard working woman. Astrologically, for whatever it’s worth she’s a Virgo – like Michael Jackson, a hard worker. She’s very pleasant. She’s complementary to other artists. And I think she just has a very positive message. I mean, I went to see her perform and I came out of there feeling uplifted. And Beyonce is very outspoken on feminist issues. So I think that’s good. That could be brought to the forefront more.”