Aretha Franklin was universally known as the Queen of Soul.

She had more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts, including 17 songs that were top 10 pop singles and 20 that were No. 1 R&B hits. She won 18 Grammy Awards along with a lifetime achievement award in 1994. She sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling musical artists of all time.

Mary J. Blige said of Aretha: “Aretha is a gift from God. When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing.”

Through a career spanning more than half a decade, she recorded 38 studio albums and six live albums. Here are five of those records that showcase the musical power and spirituality of Aretha Franklin.