My Top Frank Sinatra Love Songs
I got a lot of feedback on My Top 10 Favorite Love/Romance Songs and I decided to do a couple more installments. One of them being a Frank Sinatra love songs.
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 tact, 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 bakers dozen! (That's thirteen if you're unsure of what a bakers dozen is.) I really couldn't narrow it down to ten. It was really hard just doing thirteen!
Thirteen: Strangers In The Night
From the album, "Strangers In The Night"
It 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.
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. But, despite his contempt, he had a number one song.
Twelve: 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.
Eleven: (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.)
Ten: 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.
Nine: 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 a nothing but 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.
Eight: 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.
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.
Seven: 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.
(He's so dreamy that I got lost in his eyes watching the YouTube video *sigh*)
"Witchcraft" was recorded by Frank Sinatra in May 1957. It was composed by Cy Coleman and lyrics were added by Carolyn Leigh. It spent sixteen weeks on the charts, in the number twenty 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 witch craft on him. (Hey, I AM my mothers daughter.)
Five: 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 twentieth century and has been covered by many artists.
Some films Night and Day has been heard in: 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.
Three: 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 ten times on YouTube while doing this Hub. It's how much I love this song.
Two: 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 preformed by numerous artists since it's 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: awwwww)
One: Fly Me To the Moon
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. It's 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' recording of "Fly Me To the Moon" was the first to appear on a label in 1956.
"Fly Me To the Moon" has been my favorite Frank Sinatra song 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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