3. "It's really more to do with eras and the music that was made" In response to Reply # 2
I think Aretha is a better singer as a whole, and she has a much bigger impact and influence, along with more memorable songs as a whole, I mean "Respect" alone is one of the most known songs ever.
I enjoy Chaka's music more, mainly that late 70's and early 80's feel. "What'cha gonna do for me" is one of my favorite R&B albums ever, probably Top 5 for me. As folks here know, I've never been the biggest Motown fan, but a lot of Aretha's music was better and not as cookie cutter as the generic Motown hits we all know. Still, I'd pick Chaka's music for my personal taste.
4. "Chaka Is Boss To Me As Well,,," In response to Reply # 0
She ain't afraid to get low & dirty, and when its time for the sophisticated stuff, she's top notch too. In that sense, she embodied the Dinah Washington spirit more to me, a lady who Aretha was and still is associated with.
Not to mention, her material didn't always revolve around "her man". I mean, "Earth Song"? I really can't picture Aretha singing that. She could pull if off, but it would sound out of place.
Truth is, I can't view this with objectivity. I'm biased when it comes to Wild Child, even in her worst material, I found a lasting redeeming quality; her voice.