Frank Sinatra Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Frank Sinatra Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12th 1915 – May 14th 1998) also known as “The Chairman of the Board”, was an American singer and actor. He is considered to be one of the most popular entertainers of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. It is estimated that he has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and is one of the world’s best selling music artists. 

He began his musical career during the swing era with band leaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. He released his debut solo album “The Voice of Frank Sinatra” in 1946. During the mid 50s his film career started to slow down and he turned to Las Vegas and became one of its best known resident singers, performing as part of the “Rat Pack”. He was a perfectionist when it came to his musical performances and always recorded with a live band.

Best Frank Sinatra  Albums Of All Time

Frank Sinatra released 60 studio albums during a career that spanned 6 decades. We will rank what we believe to be the best 25 Frank Sinatra studio albums from the rest to the best as we see them. 

25. Come Swing With Me! (1961)

This was Frank’s final swing session with Capitol Records because his next album “Point Of No Return” would be mainly “Torch” (love) songs. This album was unique in the way it was recorded to allow a “full-spectrum stereo sound” which allowed the listener to hear where any particular instrument was being played (individual instruments could be heard from left to right or all together in the middle). This effect can be heard most clearly on the track “Day by Day”.

24. Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass (1962)

This was the first time Frank worked with the arranger/composer Neal Hefti on an album. Frank re-recorded songs he’d previously recorded for Capitol Records. The tracks “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “I Get A Kick Out Of You” had been recorded 8 years earlier and released on the album “Songs For Young Lovers”, and so on.

23. Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners (1964)

This album which was released in March 1964 was a collection of songs, sung by Frank, that had won the Academy Award for Best Song. The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Songs included; “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Moon River”, “Secret Love”, “The Continental” and “Three Coins In The Fountain”.

22. Moonlight Sinatra (1966)

The title of this album alludes to Ludvig Van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. All of the songs on this album include the word moon in their title and were arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle. Tracks include; “Moonlight Becomes You”, “Moon Song”, “Moonlight Serenade” and “Oh, You Crazy Moon”.

21. Watertown (1970)

This is a concept album featuring a man from Watertown, New York who tells his sad story of personal loss. His wife has left him and run off to the big city leaving him at home with his 2 young boys. “Watertown” was co-written and produced by Bob Gaugio, one of the “Four Seasons”. This was the only album where Frank Sinatra voiced over pre-recorded orchestral tracks. On release, the album didn’t do too well, it was Sinatra’s only album not to chart in the top 100 on the Billboard 200. Nowadays, it is seen as one of Frank’s finest albums.

20. My Way (1969)

This album was released in March 1969 on the Reprise Record label. It is mainly a collection of contemporary pop songs including; “Mrs. Robinson”(Simon And Garfunkel) and “Yesterday” (The Beatles).  Not forgetting “My Way” which became one of Frank’s most famous songs.

19. That’s Life (1966)

During a time when rock music dominated the charts, Frank Sinatra had a top 5 hit with the title track of this album. Originally released on November 18th 1966, the album was re-released on October 6th 1986 in CD format. Other tracks include; “Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme)”, “Winchester Cathedral” and “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)”.

18. Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! (1961)

Originally released in 1961, this album contained 12 tracks, 6 of which were re-recordings of songs originally released on Frank’s album “ Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra” which was released in 1950. Songs on this album include; “When You’re Smiling”, “Blue Moon” and “My Blue Heaven”.

17. Ring a Ding Ding! (1960)

Originally released in March 1961, and re-released in CD format on June 7th 2011, this album reached number 4 on the US chart and number 8 in the UK where it stayed on the chart for 9 weeks. The album includes songs written by some of the songwriting greats including; “A Foggy Day”(George and Ira Gershwin), “A Fine Romance” (Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields) and “In The Still Of The Night” (Cole Porter).

16. Close To You (1957)

Released in 1957 this was Frank’s 11th studio album. Arranged by Nelson Riddle and accompanied by the Hollywood String Quartet the album took 8 months to record in 5 different sessions. Nelson Riddle said that the structure of popular songs didn’t lend itself to arranging in the true style of string quartets and that he felt he hadn’t achieved as much as he set out to. However on release, the album received critical praise and according to Riddle “Sinatra liked it”.

15. Swing Easy! (1954)

This was Frank’s 8th studio album which was released on August 2nd 1954. It was recorded as a 10 inch album and so only contained 8 songs (4 each side). It was Frank’s 2nd album with Capitol Records and his 1st to feature arrangements by Nelson Riddle. Songs included; “Get Happy”, “Jeepers Creepers” and “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)”.

14. Strangers In The Night (1966)

This was Frank’s 5th and last album to get to number 1 on the pop album charts. It marked his comeback  which he initiated in 1965. This album combines pop hits with show tunes and standards, and bridges the classic jazz-oriented big band sound with contemporary pop. The album won 2 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Male Vocal Performance. There were 2 singles released from this album which were; “Strangers In The Night” and “Summer Wind”.

13. Come Dance With Me! (1959)

This was Frank’s most successful album, it spent 30 months on the Billboard charts in the US. It won 3 Grammy Awards, Album of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Song Arrangement. Songs include; “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Just In Time”.

12. Sinatra-Basie An Historic Musical First (1962)

This was the first recording that Frank did with the Count Basie Orchestra. Count Basie never played the piano on all of the tracks as he was slow to learn new songs. Sinatra brought in his own pianist Bill Miller to show Basie how to play a few of the songs but on the signature song on the album, “Pennies From Heaven”, it was Miller and not Basie playing piano. Other tracks include; “My Kind Of Girl” and “I Only Have Eyes For You”.

11. Songs For Young Lovers (1954)

This was Frank’s 7th studio album and his 1st for Capitol Records. The tracks on this album were conducted by Nelson Riddle, an arrangement that would last for more than 20 years. Songs include; “My Funny Valentine”, “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.

10. A Swingin’ Affair! (1957)

This was Frank’s 12th studio album and is sometimes called the sequel to “Songs For Swingin’ Lovers”. Tracks include; “Night and Day”, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and “The Lonesome Road”.

9. No One Cares (1959)

This is often considered to be Frank’s darkest album, in fact he apparently said himself it was a collection of “Suicide Songs”. The album was released in 1959 in both mono and stereo versions each containing 11 songs. Songs include; “A Cottage For Sale”, “Here’s That Rainy Day” and “Stormy Weather”.

8. Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)

As the title suggests this was a collaboration album between Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The songs consist mainly of Jobim’s compositions as well as 3 standards from the Great American Songbook which were “Change Partners”, “I Concentrate On You” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads”.

7. September Of My Years (1965)

This album reached number 5 on the Billboard pop albums chart and was released in August 1965. Frank released 4 albums in this year, 2 of which “September Of My Years” and “A Man And His Music” won the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. The album contains the hit song “It Was A Very Good Year” which won Frank the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance.

6. Come Fly With Me (1958)

Released on January 6th 1958, this was Frank’s 14th studio album. “Come Fly With Me” was designed as a musical trip around the world. With song titles including; “Isle Of Capri”, “On The Road To Mandalay”, “April In Paris” and “Brazil”.

5. Nice ‘n’ Easy (1960)

Released on July 25th 1960, “Nice ‘n’ Easy” spent 9 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard stereo album chart. It included the tracks; “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear To Tread)”, “Try A Little Tenderness” and the title track.

4. Where Are You? (1957)

This was Frank’s 13th studio album which was released on September 2nd 1957. This was the 1st album that he recorded at Capitol Records without Nelson Riddle and the 1st he recorded in stereo. The conductor and arranger for this album was Gordon Jenkins.

3. Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (1956)

Released on March 5th 1956 this was Frank’s 10th album and his 4th for Capitol Records. It was also his 1st album to reach number 1 on the UK album charts. Tracks include; “You Make Me Feel So Young”, “Pennies From Heaven” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

2. Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely (1958)

This was apparently Frank’s favourite album among his own recordings. This was his 3rd album recorded in both mono and stereo. It includes the tracks “Angel Eyes”, “Gone With The Wind” and “One For My Baby (And One More For the Road)”.

1. In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

Released on April 25th 1955 this was Frank’s 9th studio album and is known as one of the 1st ever concept albums. It covers the subjects of loneliness, lost love,depression and nightlife. It contains the tracks; “I Get Along Without You Very Well”, “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “I’ll Be Around”.

All Frank Sinatra Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
The Voice of Frank Sinatra 1946
Songs by Sinatra 1947
Christmas Songs by Sinatra1948
Frankly Sentimental 1949
Dedicated to You 1950
Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra1950
Songs for Young Lovers1954
Swing Easy!1954
In the Wee Small Hours1955
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! 1956
Close to You1957
A Swingin’ Affair! 1957
Where Are You?1957
A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra 1957
Come Fly with Me 1958
Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely 1958
Come Dance with Me!1959
No One Cares1959
Nice ‘n’ Easy1960
Sinatra’s Swingin’ Session!!! 1961
Ring-a-Ding-Ding! 1961
Come Swing with Me!1961
Swing Along With Me 1961
I Remember Tommy1961
Sinatra and Strings 1962
Point of No Return1962
Sinatra and Swingin’ Brass 1962
All Alone 1962
Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain 1962
Sinatra–Basie: An Historic Musical First with Count Basie1962
The Concert Sinatra 1963
Sinatra’s Sinatra 1963
Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners 1964
America, I Hear You Singing with Bing Crosby and Fred Waring 1964
It Might as Well Be Swing with Count Basie1964
12 Songs of Christmas with Bing Crosby and Fred Waring 1964
Softly, as I Leave You1964
September of My Years1965
Sentimental Journey 1965
My Kind of Broadway1965
A Man and His Music1965
Moonlight Sinatra1966
Strangers in the Night 1966
That’s Life1966
Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim with Antonio Carlos Jobim1967
The World We Knew 1967
Francis A. & Edward K. with Duke Ellington1968
The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas with Frank Sinatra Jr., Nancy Sinatra and Tina Sinatra 1968
Cycles 1968
My Way 1969
A Man Alone1969
Watertown1970
Sinatra & Company with Antonio Carlos Jobim 1971
Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back 1973
Some Nice Things I’ve Missed1974
Trilogy: Past Present Future1980
She Shot Me Down 1981
L.A. Is My Lady 1984
Duets1993
Duets II 1994

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Frank Sinatra album?

Frank Sinatra’s best selling album is “Duets” which has sold in excess of 3.9 million copies.

What is the newest Frank Sinatra album?

The newest Frank Sinatra album is “Duets II” which was released on November 15th 1993.

What is the first Frank Sinatra album?

The first Frank Sinatra album was “The Voice of Frank Sinatra” which was released on March 4th 1946.

What is Frank Sinatra’s most famous song?

Frank Sinatra’s most famous song is “My Way” which was released on February 2nd 1969 and taken from the album “My Way”.

When did Frank Sinatra start?

Frank Sinatra started his career in 1935.

What genre is Frank Sinatra?

The genres ascribed to Frank Sinatra are; jazz, swing, big band, easy listening and traditional pop.

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