I see in this week's Entertainment Weekly that they rank the top 50 Beatles songs. Wow. I didn't know you could do that. I thought it was impossible to judge "She Loves You" against "A Day in the Life" and decide which is better but hot damn, you CAN!
So here for the first time (as chosen by me) is the DEFINITIVE list of the top 10 all-time best Frank Sinatra songs. This was not easy to accomplish because between 1940-1964 Sinatra recorded every song ever written. But still I have narrowed them down and have selected the very best of the best.
1. ONE FOR MY BABY - the greatest torch song EVER, sung with such underplayed emotion it rips your heart out every time.
2. BIM BAM BABY -- Sinatra's gift was his interpretation of lyrics. He was never more masterful than singing "Hey now, take a mip mack mop, and a brim bram broom/And klim klam clean up the rim ram room/ Cause your bim bam baby`s coming home tonight."
3. I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN - Backed with a swinging Nelson Riddle arrangement, this record is 50s perfection.
4. MAMA WILL BARK - Another masterpiece of lyric interpretation. "Ow, you out there/This is for keeping me awake every night, hah/ Well, take that! Yelp! And take that. Yelp. And take that. Yelp. Yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp, yelp. Hot dog, woof."
5. MRS. ROBINSON - Frank bails out that hack lyricist Paul Simon by improving several of the stanzas. "Jilly loves you more than you will know" and my favorite additions: "How's your bird, Mrs. Robinson?" and without a doubt: "And you'll get yours Mrs. Robinson / Foolin' with that young stuff like you do / Woo woo woo..."
6. BANG BANG - Sinatra covers that big Cher anti-war Russian folk song by turning it into a haunting ballad. Someone should digitally merge both versions. Now THAT'S a duet!
7. THE KIDS ARE TWISTING - It's the record that started an entire dance craze.
8. L.A. IS MY LADY - Unlike those pale tributes to New York and Chicago this is the one Frank is famous for. There's little wonder they play it at Dodger Stadium. What is curious is that they only play it when they lose.
9. SATISFY ME ONE MORE TIME - No one can sing a love song like Frank. Gals, how can you hear these words and not swoon? "Let's smother each other in a good old stranglehold." Or.. "Compromise me, vandalize me, have a ball".
10. I LOVE PARIS (LIVE VERSION) - Not many people can improve on Cole Porter lyrics but then most people aren't Sinatra. "Holy Christ, how I love Paris".
Did I miss anything? I don't think so.
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