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Frank Sinatra: the best songs of the artist

“New York, New York…” is probably one of Sinatra's most legendary late hits... This composition not only graced the artist's repertoire, but also became the unofficial anthem of New York! Frank's vocals sound gentle and triumphant, soft and bold at the same time... This is a vivid example of what can be proudly called a classic... But let's talk about the other hits of the performer!

A selection of hits by the legendary artist Frank Sinatra

Today we will recall the best songs of Frank Sinatra, however, first let's talk a little about the performer himself ... It can rightly be said, and hardly anyone will dispute this, that Frank Sinatra is a real legend! His work is invaluable: even today, after a huge number of years, Sinatra's music still evokes the same resonance ... He is one of the most popular singers that has ever existed ... A great American songwriter, actor and just an outstanding person ... Frank Sinatra justifiably remains an icon for both young as well as for the older generation. The musical piggy bank of the artist has, in general, more than a thousand works! Of course, choosing the best of them is a rather serious task (if not “impossible”). However, we decided to take on such a responsibility! So: below are some of the most significant in the career of Frank Sinatra himself, and some of the most popular compositions of this legendary person all over the world, which will certainly melt the ice in everyone's heart... Let's start!

Early recordings...

Frank Sinatra with Kim Novak and Rita Hayvors
Frank Sinatra with Kim Novak and Rita Hayvors

Sinatra began performing with large groups in the late 1930s. During this period, the artist joined Harry James, and soon released his first number one called "All or Nothing at All". Yes, this work can not be called a solo number ... The song was recorded together with Tommy Dorsey and The Pied Pipers, exactly three months after Frank joined the group.

Sinatra set off on a solo voyage in 1942... Within three months he became an idol, and a year later - a real pop idol, releasing a number of hits, many of which have not lost their relevance to this day!

In 1945, The House I Live In was released, a 10-minute short film starring Sinatra. In the film, he sings the title song. His recording later became a national hit...

Frank Sinatra in the 50s

We all know Sinatra's legendary composition "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)", which once again reminds him of the names of his wife and eldest daughter ... But did you know that it was co-written with comedian Phil Silvers? But there are a few songs that have more to do with Sinatra's name than "Nancy..." For example, the 1953 classic "I've Got the World on a String"!

This song was a popular jazz hit back in 1932! And so, in the 50s, it became the first recorded by Frank after moving to Capitol Records together with an orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle ... And today "I've Got the World on a String" remains one of the founding songs about lost love ...

But there is another legendary composition about love in Sinatra's repertoire, and it is called "I've Got You Under My Skin" ... The song was recorded in January 1956, and Frank's vocals in it are incredibly amazing ...

"Witchcraft", recorded in May 1957, hit the US Top 10 in January 1958 and is one of those Frank Sinatra songs that fits his vocals perfectly...

"Come Fly With Me" became the title track to Frank's album, released in early 1958... The composition perfectly conveys the mood of America, while Billy May's squelching saxophones add sparkle to this masterpiece...

The famous "It's Nice to Go Traveling" also deserves a place on our list...

"Lady is a tramp" was made for Sinatra, with Riddle's brash, understated arrangement...

And "Here's That Rainy Day", a song written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke? She also became a prominent imprint in Sinatra's repertoire of the 50s ...

The decade ended with charming compositions "Angel Eyes" and "The Nearness of You" ...

By the way: in "The Nearness of You" we can once again enjoy the delightful arrangement of Riddle ...

Hits born in the 60s…

Released in 1963, The Concert Sinatra was considered by many to be one of the most successful of Frank's early Reprise! A huge orchestra softened the artist's velvety vocals, and Nelson's spectacular arrangements created a unique atmosphere for some of his best songs ... One of these is the famous "I Have Dreamed":

“I won’t swing tonight. Tonight is for the serious…” read the cover of the wonderful September Of My Years, released just a couple of months after Sinatra ’65: The Singer Today… The album marked a return to thematically oriented melodies… Against all odds, September Of My Years was the most artistically and Frank's commercially successful album since the founding of his label Reprise - but only in America. Unfortunately, he failed to enter the British charts... The album is a reflection of the artist's life, and at the same time, Frank looks to the future in it. There are many new songs here, but in Frank's hands they sound like classics ... The album includes the composition "It Was a Very Good Year", originally written in 1961 for The Kingston Trio ... Sinatra's version became a real hit: in the song, the artist talks about the relationship of a man with girls in different years of his life: at the age of 17, at 21 and 35 years old. The best years in his life, according to the lyrical hero himself ...

In December 1967, Sinatra worked with another great jazz genius, Duke Ellington! Together they recorded an album that included the song "Indian Summer": an arrangement modern and at the same time old-fashioned, as befits a song from 1919! It must have been the Ellington Effect...

Some say it's one of the best songs Frank has ever recorded for Reprise! Johnny Hodges' saxophone solo certainly adds to the charm: Frank himself was so enamored with him during the recording that when the solo ended, he was half a second late...

Classic of recent years...

Frank Sinatra with Kim Novak and Rita Hayvors
Frank Sinatra with Kim Novak and Rita Hayvors

The last two Frank Sinatra songs on our list are so inextricably linked to the artist's name that they hardly need an introduction...

Probably, the name of Frank Sinatra is associated with "My Way" more than with any other song ... The composition has long occupied high places in the music charts on both sides of the Atlantic! The most interesting thing is that the original version was performed by Claude François in 1967: it was called "Comme d'habitude". Sinatra presented his version to the public a few years later:

“New York, New York…” is probably one of Sinatra's most legendary late hits… This composition not only graced the artist's repertoire, but also became the unofficial anthem of New York! Frank's vocals sound gentle and triumphant, soft and bold at the same time... This is a vivid example of what can be proudly called a classic...

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