I LOVE music of all kinds! I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to say that I could not live without it. From classical to blues to jazz to big band to rock ‘n roll to ’80s music – yes, it is an actual genre for those of us who grew up on it and everything in between. I love it all! And if the music has any ties to classic film or that era, I have an even greater affection for it.
So for those that love music as much as I do, I thought it might be fun to share with you on occasion a simple lists of songs I listen to or discover as I indulge in my passion for entertainment from that great time period. Who knows, we may find that we have the same tastes in music and love the same songs or you may just discover a great new song you’ve never heard before.
Since it seems like I’m in a Frank Sinatra mood almost all the time and have been listening to him a lot lately, I thought I’d kick things off with a list of songs that he recorded during his career. In the future however, my lists will feature a variety of artists.
Some of these have been my favorite Sinatra recordings for a while and some I recently discovered through various movies or television specials.
- You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me – Written in 1930, I first heard Frank Sinatra’s version as it was played in the opening credits of the movie A New Kind of Love (1963) starring real life husband and wife Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. It’s kind of a strange movie, but it does have a cool opening scene!
- I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night – From the movie Higher and Higher (1943), which marked Frank Sinatra’s film acting debut. I just really liked this song from the first time I heard it. The movie featured a few other songs by Sinatra and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music.
- The Music Stopped – Also from the movie Higher and Higher, these are the two songs from the movie’s soundtrack that I enjoyed the most.
- Fly Me to the Moon – My favorite Sinatra song, while listening to it I almost always spontaneously bust out saying “Sing it Frank!” when the song first reaches a crescendo. Yes, I know I’m kind of a dork.
- The Good Life – A song he recorded with Count Basie and his orchestra. Seeing them perform this together is exactly the type of experience I had in mind when I chose where I’d go if I had a time machine. I wish I could find a video of them performing it together, but in the absence of that I’ll just enjoy their great live performance of Pennies from Heaven.
- My Kind of Town (Chicago Is) – Chicago is my absolute favorite city so I could not leave this off the list. The only thing I’d change with the otherwise perfect lyrics is the reference to the Wrigley Building. As a diehard Chicago Cubs fan I’d change it to Wrigley Field. In the YouTube video I linked to Frank does say, “The Chicago Cubbies, Chicago is.” Alright Frank!
- The Theme from New York New York – From my favorite city to a city that’s near the top of my travel wish list, this song is one of my very favorite Sinatra recordings. I recently found out that my band is playing this song during our winter session, and darn it I just happen to be taking a break from band right now! Oh well, it will be just as awesome to hear them play it in concert.
- You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby – It’s not his solo recording that I like so much as it is the duet I heard him sing with Dinah Shore while watching the DVD titled Sinatra – The Classic Duets. I learned through the DVD that Frank adored Dinah and they were very close, and you can tell just by watching them interact with each other.
- Don’t Cry Joe – Another song I discovered while watching the Duets video when he sang this as part of a medley with Dean Martin. Sinatra recorded this song as a solo number, but I loved his rendition with Dean.
- Somethin’ Stupid – A duet with his daughter Nancy, it hit number one on the Billboard charts in 1967, the first and only time that’s happened in America with a father-daughter song.
- My Way – Considered by many to be Frank Sinatra’s signature song, I’ve read conflicting stories about whether or not he even liked the song. According to some, he strongly disliked or even hated it. Either way, I do really like it and wanted to include it in my list.
- Somewhere in Your Heart – I just simply think this is a sweet song and that the background singers add a very special touch to it.
- Nice ‘N Easy – This song doesn’t necessarily stand out for any special reason, but I just really liked the feel of it when I first heard it. It’s a great one to snap your fingers to.
What are some of your favorite Frank Sinatra recordings or performances?