3.) I’ve Got You Under My Skin

The song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was originally written in 1936 by Cole Porter. The song was sung by Virginia Bruce in the film Born To Dance and won itself an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The first time Frank Sinatra sang “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was on his radio show in 1946. He recorded his own trademark version of the billboard hit in 1956 with an arrangement by Nelson Riddle. The arrangement progressively builds up to larger climactic points throughout the song. Nelson Riddle stated in an interview that it was inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Bolero. Frank Sinatra recorded “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” once again in 1993 featuring Bono of U2 for his Duets album.

2.) Fly Me To The Moon

Kaye Ballard was actually first to record the first version of “Fly Me To the Moon” under the name, “In Other Words” in 1954. It came out on a single along with “Lazy Afternoon.” The song became adored by pop and jazz sensations over within the years to come. In 1964, Frank Sinatra recorded the song under the more popular title,  “Fly Me To the Moon” for It Might As Well Be Swing, his album with Count Basie. A young Quincy Jones became the official arranger for the record. Frank Sinatra’s version became closely connected with the NASA Apollo space program. It was played on the Apollo 10 mission that orbited the moon and then which officially pronounced it the first music ever played on the moon itself when Buzz Aldrin blasted it on a portable space-safe cassette player after walking on the moon in the Apollo 11 mission.

1.) My Way

While vacationing in France in 1967, the pop singer-songwriter Paul Anka first heard the notes of “My Way” within the French song “Comme d’habitude.” He didn’t like the song, itself, however, he felt there was something about the melody in it. He bought the rights to the song and translated the lyrics to English. According to rumor, he called Frank Sinatra up at 5 a.m. and told him, “I’ve got something really special for you.” The song was recorded in December 1968 and followed by its debut in early 1969 as the title single for Frank Sinatra‘s latest record. The single peaked at number 27 on the pop chart and number 2 on the easy listening chart. In the UK, it earned an incredible record by spending 75 weeks in the pop top 40 from April 1969 all the the way to September 1971.  This is a song that motivates the feeling of aspiration and independence, there is a scientific explanation for why it has struck such a strong emotional response despite the rather mediocre lyrics and the silly rhymes like losing VS. amusing, or curtain VS. certain. The song begins with a rising 6th progression, which expresses striving. It gets more and more intense and builds up into one big finish, in which Sinatra could swing in with one more, “I did it my way.”

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