I'm married with two furbabies. I love music, old movies, and old TV shows.
The late, great Frank Sinatra. The man is a legend. His voice is like no others. It even makes hens faint. I love Frankie. I can listen to him croon for hours and hours. Just open up my Spotify app, type in "Frank Sinatra", and go. It doesn't even really matter if it's a certain album or not, Frank Sinatra is all gold to me.
Little trivia about Frankie: In 1938, twenty-three-year-old Frank Sinatra was arrested. What was he arrested for? He was arrested for carrying on with a married woman, which at that time, was a criminal offense. (Boy, if that was still in true, I'd know a lot of men/women that would have that arrest on their records as well!)
This time, it's not a top 10. It's a full dozen! I really couldn't narrow it down to 10. It was hard limiting myself to just 12!
12. "Strangers in the Night"
This song, from the album of the same name, may not be your traditional love song, but then again, I'm not a traditional girl. I can't say any of my romances have started as strangers in the night, though.
A little trivia via Wikipedia: Frank Sinatra despised "Strangers in the Night", calling it at one time a "piece of s**t" and "the worst f*****g song I've ever heard." He was not afraid to voice these opinions when he sang this song live, either. However, despite his contempt, he had a number one song.
11. "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"
The song was first publicized in the movie by the same name. Many other artists, such as Ringo Starr, Shirley Bassey, Andy Williams, and Nat King Cole, just to name a few have also recorded this song. But obviously, Frank's is my favorite. The song has also been heard in the movies Grease, In the Cold of the Night, Nutty Professor 2, and The Legends of Fritton's Gold.
The strings in this song are just wonderful. Along with Frank's voice. It's a song that gives me chills.
10. "(Just One Way to Say) I Love You"
"(Just One Way to Say) I Love You" was written by Irvin Berlin and is on the compilation album, Love Songs by Frank Sinatra.
It's a simple song, really, but I love it. There are just days where all I want to do it tell my husband that I love him but I can't get the words out right. I think I'm just going to start playing this song from now on. It's a really beautiful song, with the strings and all.
(I'm sorry that there is no YouTube video to accompany this one. The only one that was posted didn't want to work. Hmph.)
9. "I've Got a Crush On You"
"I've Got a Crush On You" was written by George Gershwin and recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1947. Frank Sinatra also released Duets in 1993, where he sang "I've Got a Crush On You" with Barbra Streisand.
This is another simple song but I love it. It's a really easy song to slow dance to, even when your partner is not a good dancer. The easy, slow jazz is also good to relax and unwind to. Sitting back with a glass of wine in your hand (or replace wine with whatever you fancy) and listening to this is just . . . ahhhhh.
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8. "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)"
"Fools Rush In" was written in 1940 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Rube Bloom. Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey was one of the major hits for "Fools Rush In" back when it first came out.
You think it's going to be just an instrumental song, but then halfway through, Ol' Blue Eyes starts singing. He sings it softly, softly enough to make you fall in love.
And it's true. Fools rush into love sometimes.
7. "Jeepers Creepers"
"Jeepers Creepers", written in 1938, is a popular song and jazz standard. It was premiered by the late jazz great Louis Armstrong and has been covered by many artists since.
A little trivia from Wikipedia: This song is featured in a 1939 Warner Bros. cartoon short of the same name. In this cartoon, Porky Pig investigates a haunted house inhabited by a mischievous ghost that sings this song. (I love that cartoon! I have a bunch of Looney Tunes DVDs but sadly, I don't think it's on any of them.)
I've loved this song ever since I was little. My maternal grandfather would sing it to me. One of my best features is my big blue eyes. And I mean big and blue. God graced me with some big blue peepers, folks. Every time I hear this song, it reminds me of him. I miss that man.
6. "It Had to Be You"
"It Had to Be You" was first published in 1924, written by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn.
The song has been heard in the following films: The Roaring Twenties, I'll See You In My Dreams, Casablanca, Incendiary Blonde, Annie Hall, and A League of Their Own.
When I looked up facts for the song, Wikipedia also said that the lyrics "explained why the singer put up with a domineering partner." I've never interpreted it that way. I've always just thought of it as "it had to be you . . . nobody but you could be it for me", simple as that.
"Witchcraft" was recorded by Frank Sinatra in May 1957. It was composed by Cy Coleman and lyrics were added by Carolyn Leigh. It spent 16 weeks on the charts, in the number 20 slot.
I guess, in some way, we all have some sort of "witchcraft" in us when it comes to getting someone to fall in love with us. My husband claims I had some sort of spell or witchcraft on him. (Hey, I am my mother's daughter!)
4. "Night and Day"
"Night and Day" is a song by Cole Porter. It is Porter's most popular contribution to the best songs of the 20th century and has been covered by many artists.
Films this song has been heard in include: The Gay Divorcee, Lady On a Train, Night and Day, Once Upon a Time In America, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, and What Women Want.
I love this song because, like it says, night and day my husband is the only one for me.
3. "Your Love for Me"
"Your Love for Me" was written by Barry Parker and is on the box set The Complete Capitol Singles Collection.
This song really describes my love for my husband. My love for him, and his love for me, really can't be explained but this song does a really good job at coming close to it.
Fun fact: I've listened to this song about 10 times on YouTube while writing this article. That's how much I love this song.
2. "Someone to Watch Over Me"
"Someone to Watch Over Me" is composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It is originally from the musical, Oh, Kay!, from 1926, where it was introduced by Gertrude Lawrence. When George Gershwin first wrote the song, he approached it with an uptempo jazz tune but his brother, Ira, suggested it would work better as a ballad. And it did. It has been performed by numerous artists since its debut in 1926.
Frank's voice is just perfect for this song. It makes me swoon. It comes close to making me faint like a hen.
And now that I have my husband, I've got my someone to watch over me. (Say it with me now: awww.)
1. "Fly Me to the Moon"
This is my favorite Frank Sinatra song, ever.
"Fly Me to the Moon" was written by Bart Howard in 1954 and was first recorded by Kaye Ballard. Its original title was "In Other Words," but since it became popularly known as "Fly Me to the Moon" the publishers officially changed the title. Johnny Mathis's recording of this song was the first to appear on a label in 1956.
This has been my favorite Frank Sinatra song since forever. I don't know what it is about it . . . I just love it. I could listen to it over and over again.
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© 2012 Jamie Sykes
Joe on February 15, 2018:
Where is "I Only Have Eyes For You"? :)
Bunton P on September 07, 2017:
I have a bunch of blues and Jazz LP's that I inherited from my late uncle Macfolen back in the early 80s. May His Soul Rest in Peace, that laid a foundation for my love and passion for Jazz and Blues. Though he tried his best and can be credited with the little knowledge I claim to pocess of this genre, it wasn't until I stumbled on your articles that my horizon was really broadened . I enjoyed every bit of those information sharing sessions and will surely share my experience with my fellow Jazz lovers where ever I go. Would you please take me on this journey I just love it
Taytay98 on August 17, 2017:
Personally I love I get a kick out of you.
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 14, 2012:
Thank you very much!
Come Fly With Me is an awesome song! And I could have gone on and on with the list, but alas, I had to stop somewhere. I should have given it an honorable mention, at least!
whowas on June 14, 2012:
Excellent work! I'm a great big huge Sinatra fan, so I loved this. But there was surely one grave omission: Come Fly With Me.
Here it is: http://youtu.be/Euci0_BBmNE
Thanks for a great reminder of the unrivalled King of the Crooners!
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 13, 2012:
Thanks, spartucus! I love Frankie but my husband isn't really a fan. He's weird, though. ;)
CJ Baker from Parts Unknown on June 13, 2012:
A great selection of songs from the chairman of the board. It doesn't matter who you are, or what genre of music you listen to, Sinatra's music is absolutely timeless.
Jamie Sykes (author) from Lewisville, North Carolina on June 13, 2012:
That's one of my favorite Looney Tunes, obviously ;) It also features Bing Crosby...along with many others from that time period.
And thank you!! :D
Georgie Lowery from North Florida on June 13, 2012:
Awesome! And I didn't know about the hens thing! Good work Jamie! :)