The Rat Pack introduced some of the most memorable and timeless music in the 1960s. The original Rat Pack included actors and musicians, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and more. This group left its mark on music, film, and entertainment in ways modern day musicians and entertainers dream of being able to do. Let’s look at seven of the best Rat Pack songs to relive the good old days of music, jazz, and entertainment.
7 of the Best Rat Pack Songs to Relive the Good Old Days
“Theme from New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra
This song was originally written for Liza Minnelli in 1977. Composed by John Kander, it struck a chord with Frank Sinatra who recorded his own version in 1979. He also recorded duets of the song with Minnelli and Tony Bennett.
“The Door is Still Open to My Heart” by Dean Martin
After this song was recorded by the Cardinals in 1955, Dean Martin covered it in 1964. The song peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #6. This is one of Martin’s classic songs that you still find being used in movies and TV shows today.
“I’ve Gotta Be Me” by Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sammy Davis, Jr. recorded this song in 1968. Written for the Broadway show Golden Rainbow, star Steve Lawrence released it as a single in 1967. Davis, Jr.’s version peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #11 introducing Americans to the Broadway classic.
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra
The rights to “My Way” were bought specifically for Sinatra by Paul Anka after hearing the original French version of the song. Recorded in 1968, this song is one of Sinatra’s staples showcasing his do it my way attitude in music, love, and life.
“That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra
Sinatra released his cover of “That’s Life” in 1966 where it soared to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sinatra was known as a ladies’ man, boasting his Ph.D. on women throughout his career and this song came closer to expressing that in music than any other he recorded.
“Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra
This song was Sinatra’s most romantic song of his career, the lead single and title track from his 1966 album. He won three Grammys for the song which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts.
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin
Dean Martin originally sang this song in 1948 but didn’t release it as a single until 1964. It knocked The Beatles “A Hard Day’s Night” off the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there and on the top of the Easy Listening charts for a few weeks.
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