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post Dec 13 2015, 11:05 PM
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Frank Sinatra's Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Songs Revealed
09 December 2015
By April Clare Welsh


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
14 Witchcraft 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
32 Chicago 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

©2015 Official Charts Company . All rights reserved.
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post Dec 13 2015, 11:29 PM
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Interesting run down, year they were released in brackets would have been helpful. I always though My Way was a long running no1 but it peaked at 5.

Did he actually release any of the Xmas hits in the top 40 there or are they through downloads?

What a legend tho!!
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post Dec 13 2015, 11:47 PM
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None of those Christmas songs made the Top 40 [or whatever the extent of the chart was at the time] but I can't swear that they weren't released as singles. Particularly since he was recording long before there even was a UK chart.
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Sales of those would be nice to see, might need to check the show out on radio 2!
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post Dec 14 2015, 12:18 AM
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I actually forgot that Radio 2 thing was on (although I was out and couldn't have listened to it anyway) because they've been playing the generic trail for Michael Ball's & Clare Teal's normal shows all week. Bit of a fail there.
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