This week (Saturday, December 12) marks what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday.
His legacy to music remains unrivalled and to mark his centennial year, BBC Radio 2 have programmed a dedicated Sinatra season which includes revealing his biggest selling songs, as compiled by us at Official Charts.
Based on all-time sales of Sinatra’s physical singles and digital track sales from 1952 to 2015, the chart was unveiled on Sunday (December 13) during separate evening shows presented by Michael Ball (7-9pm) and Clare Teal (9-11pm), respectively.
Teal says: "Frank Sinatra… what a legend. That man could light up the world with his voice. It has been so much fun revisiting his classic hits and revelling in the nostalgia that they create.”
Sunday's show culminated in My Way being revealed as his best seller with 989,000 sales. Originally written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song Comme D'Habitude, Sinatra's track spent a mammoth 75 weeks in the Top 40 on its release in April 1969, peaking at Number 5 on the Official Singles Chart.
Taking second place is Strangers In The Night. First entering the chart in May 1966, the Grammy-award winning track shot to Number 1 weeks later, enjoying 3 consecutive weeks at the top and hung around in the Top 40 for 19 weeks. To date, its sales stand at 788,000.
The famous duet with his daughter Nancy, Somethin' Stupid, is at Number 3 with 376,000 sales, while Three Coins In The Fountain took in 305,000 sales to make it to Number 4.
Completing the Top 5 is the re-issue of Theme From New York, New York (301,000 sales). The theme song from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film New York, New York, it was composed by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb.
A trio of Sinatra's festive tunes also make an appearance in the Top 40, with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas at 20, Let It Snow, Let It Snow at 28, and Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town at 39.
Sunday's BBC Radio 2 countdown is followed on Monday December 14 & Tuesday December 15 at 10pm by a repeat of The Dream Concert, compiled from recordings of some of Sinatra's best live performances with the great bands of the day, serving up classic songs from Witchcraft to My Way - all live.
Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2, says: “As Radio 2 celebrates Frank Sinatra’s centenary, this chart countdown reminds us just how iconic his music remains and has given listeners the chance to reminisce with an afternoon of Sinatra classics.”
The Official Top 40 Best Selling Frank Sinatra singles and tracks appears below:
|1||My Way||Frank Sinatra|
|2||Strangers In The Night||Frank Sinatra|
|3||Somethin' Stupid||Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra|
|4||Three Coins In The Fountain||Frank Sinatra|
|5||Theme From New York New York (Re-Issue)||Frank Sinatra|
|6||(Love Is) The Tender Trap||Frank Sinatra|
|7||Learnin' The Blues||Frank Sinatra With Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra|
|8||I've Got You Under My Skin||Frank Sinatra With Bono|
|9||Love And Marriage||Frank Sinatra|
|10||All The Way||Frank Sinatra|
|11||High Hopes||Frank Sinatra|
|12||Fly Me To The Moon||Frank Sinatra|
|13||Love's Been Good To Me||Frank Sinatra|
|15||Come Fly With Me||Frank Sinatra|
|16||Young At Heart||Frank Sinatra|
|17||Ol' Macdonald||Frank Sinatra|
|18||Thats Life||Frank Sinatra|
|19||Nice 'N Easy||Frank Sinatra|
|20||Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas||Frank Sinatra|
|21||Granada||Frank Sinatra With Billy May & His Orchestra|
|22||I Will Drink The Wine||Frank Sinatra|
|23||You My Love||Frank Sinatra|
|24||I've Got You Under My Skin||Frank Sinatra|
|25||River Stay 'Way From My Door||Frank Sinatra|
|26||French Foreign Legion||Frank Sinatra|
|27||Me And My Shadow||Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jnr|
|28||Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow||Frank Sinatra|
|29||Not As A Stranger||Frank Sinatra|
|30||Summer Wind||Frank Sinatra|
|31||Everybody's Twisting||Frank Sinatra|
|33||The Way You Look Tonight||Frank Sinatra|
|34||Mr Success||Frank Sinatra|
|35||I Believe I'm Gonna Love You||Frank Sinatra|
|36||The World We Knew Over And Over||Frank Sinatra|
|37||My Blue Heaven||Frank Sinatra|
|38||My Kind Of Girl||Frank Sinatra With Count Basie|
|39||Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town||Frank Sinatra|
|40||You Make Me Feel So Young||Frank Sinatra|
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