Frank Sinatra. A monumental figure in the music industry. Most have heard his name, but the number of people who have had the pleasure of hearing his voice is not nearly enough.
His life was a never-ending tale of lavish living, amusing adventures, and, most importantly, phenomenal music.
As far as I’m concerned, there are no words in the English language that do his work justice, but I will try my best. Picture this: a crisp, melodious tune graciously introducing each and every song– sometimes slow, sometimes fast. Then, a strong, yet smooth voice glides over the brilliant beat. Each verse tells the listener a story with a true purpose. When the melody subsides and the song ends, you are left grasping for more.
His songs, though nearly perfect, are not what truly attracts each listener; moreover, it’s the feelings that they evoke. While listening to various Sinatra songs, I feel like I’m being transported back into a simpler time where the only things that matter are tailored suits and fine Italian cuisine.
Today, the number of people who can name one single Sinatra song is dwindling, but I want to change that. So, here are my personal top five favorite Sinatra masterpieces! Click on the titles to listen to them on Spotify.
1: “My Way”
A song that covers a life’s journey. Sinatra talks about taking “blows” and dealing with various hardships, but all in all, he did things on his terms and ultimately enjoyed himself. This song’s rhythm is remarkable, and he nails every note, showcasing his true vocal talent.
2: “Summer Wind”
This classic track speaks of a fleeting romance. In essence, he sings about how people in your life are not everlasting, so don’t take them for granted. Sinatra’s voice feels crisp, and the uplifting beat provides a steady rhythm throughout the song which makes you want to swing dance all the way down the hallway and into the kitchen like a July breeze.
3: “Moonlight In Vermont”
Sinatra traveled all over, but one of his favorite places was Vermont. This song displays Sinatra’s love for the Green Mountain State. The slow moving track is filled with descriptive lines like, “falling leaves of a sycamore”, “evening summer breeze”, and “telegraph cables, they sing down the highway”.
4: “That’s Life”
He sings of life’s hurdles and obstacles, but more importantly, he shows that these obstacles shouldn’t get you down. Sinatra proves once again why he is one of the best by hitting every note with perfection. This fast moving song is phenomenal and has the baseball organ feel that evokes American pastimes and the resilience of the human spirit.
5: “New York, New York”
Arguably his most famous song, this track is nothing short of fantastic with lines such as, “I wanna wake up in a city that doesn’t sleep” and the classic ending, “It’s up to you, New York, New York.” This song is an anthem that will genuinely make you want to visit the Big Apple.
Overall, Sinatra’s impact on not only the music industry, but also society, has been enormous. His songs, some made over forty years ago, are still being listened to today. He is beloved by all generations and there isn’t a better soundtrack to a spaghetti dinner than Mr. Blue Eyes himself.