Frank Sinatra albums and songs sales
The Voice, Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra has got many nicknames during his life, but more than anything, he got what can be regarded as the most outstanding entertainment career of all-time.
A quarter of a century after his passing, the singer of My Way, Fly Me To The Moon and New York New York remains a household name. We reviewed all his records sales, one by one, from 1939 shellac singles to today’s streaming statistics.
An early teen idol dominates the swing era
Back in the late 30s / early 40s, the music industry was mostly an America thing, and that one was heavily dominated by big band swing music.
At the time, the singer wasn’t the popular force that it became. Bandleaders, like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller were often way more popular, so were musicians like Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins., and composers/lyricists among which were Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.
The norm was that composers would issue new songs frequently, and as soon as one gained traction all big bands and singers around would release it within’ weeks. It was so natural that early Billboard or Cash Box singles’ lists merged all versions of a song together, no matter how many distinct singers had covered it.
This situation explains why the singer/songwriter credit of Bob Dylan became a genre on its own in the early 60s.
With this context in mind, Frank Sinatra managed to become one of the very first teen idols ever.
He started recording in 1939 when he got a contract to be the vocalist of Harry James‘ band, and then some months later he moved to the Tommy Dorsey‘s orchestra.
On July 27, 1940, when the Billboard published the first ever US Best Selling Retail Records chart, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra‘s I’ll Never Smile Again was on top, where it remained for 12 weeks. The vocalist was no other than Frank Sinatra.
Recent history tend to consider that youngsters worshipping an artist is a recent phenomenon. Eminem‘s Stan is often seen as kicking the stan culture, with fanbase names like Rihanna‘s Navy and Taylor Swift‘s Swifties becoming widely adopted and well known with the explosion of social media.
In truth, by 1943, 70 years earlier, Sinatra‘s craze was so high when he went solo that adolescent female fans worshipping him had their own name already, the bobby soxers.
The godfather of the concept album
While on paper there were albums too during the swing era, at first they were barely boxes of singles, hence the term album. Recording technologies evolved in following years, with the long-playing 33 rpm as we know it first issued by Columbia in 1948.
The first one to truly exploit this evolution with the release of a set of songs consistent with each other as a concept album was no other than Frank Sinatra once again.
He cared about the details of the sequencing as early as with 1946’s The Voice of Frank Sinatra, but the album that many critics mention as possibly the first real album is the iconic 1955’s LP In the Wee Small Hours.
This album and the subsequent efforts paved the way to the 60s’ rock era.
As a symbol, and 16 years after topping the first US best sellers’ singles chart, history will remember that when the first UK album chart ever was published on July 22 1956, the leader was… Frank Sinatra‘s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, even if it was out for 4 months.
The Chairman of the Board
Here again, Sinatra‘s career shows that current news is indeed no news. Taylor Swift is nicknamed more and more intensively by her fans as The Music Industry, both because of her huge success and the way she is re-recording her albums to own the new masters.
Way back in 1960, Sinatra, disagreeing more and more with Capital, founded Reprise Records. The label prime objective was to provide to artists the creative control over their music.
Reprise Records became a powerful label – and is still – leading the singer to earn the nickname of The Chairman of the Board.
He was also one of the first to go to Las Vegas in order to perform some residencies as part of the Rat Pack, meeting again with an outstanding success.
During this spell, Sinatra already in his 50s managed to get the biggest hits of his career. Strangers in the Night in 1966 and the following year the duet with his daughter Nancy, Somethin’ Stupid, sent him back to the top of the singles’ charts.
In 1969, some 30 years after his first single, he released the legendary track My Way, which became the longest charting song ever in the UK.
A never ending success
Although he retired in 1971, Sinatra returned a pair of years later, releasing several more albums with decent showings.
The crazy part is that at the start of the 80s, he got another big hit, this time with the theme song New York New York.
Incredibly, at nearly 80 years, he again came back on top with the 1993 album Duets, where he newly recorded his big hits with younger artists. The record sold over 3 million units in the US alone.
Along the years, he was also a very successful actor as well as a TV host.
In 1998, after nearly 60 years of an amazing career, he passed away aged 82.
If his career is pretty incredible, it doesn’t grant heavy record sales, especially as he was at his peak when sales were local and nowhere near as high as they got later on. It’s time to get into the numbers!
The Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC)
As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge his results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Sinatra‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine their true popularity.
If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, below is a nice and short video of explanations. I fully recommend watching it before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the numbers directly.
There are two ways to understand this revolutionary concept. In the first place, there is this Scribe video posted below. If you are unaware of the CSPC method, you will get the full idea within just a pair of minutes.
If you are a mathematical person, and want to know the full method as well as formulas, you can read the full introduction article.
Now let’s get into the artist’s sales figures in detail in order to apply this concept and define the act’s true popularity!
Frank Sinatra Album Sales
Updated Studio Album Sales & Comments
|1946||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||200,000|
|1947||Songs by Sinatra||70,000|
|1948||Christmas Songs by Sinatra||930,000|
|1950||Dedicated to You||22,500|
|1950||Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra||130,000|
|1954||Songs for Young Lovers||450,000|
|1955||In the Wee Small Hours||2,082,500|
|1956||Songs for Swingin' Lovers||2,492,500|
|1957||Close to You||725,000|
|1957||A Swingin' Affair!||1,075,000|
|1957||Where Are You?||900,000|
|1957||A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra||3,712,500|
|1958||Come Fly with Me||1,650,000|
|1958||Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely||2,212,500|
|1959||Come Dance with Me!||1,610,000|
|1959||No One Cares||870,000|
|1960||Nice 'n' Easy||1,750,000|
|1961||Come Swing with Me!||725,000|
|1961||Swing Along With Me||585,000|
|1961||I Remember Tommy||625,000|
|1961||Sinatra & Strings||520,000|
|1962||Point of No Return||645,000|
|1962||Sinatra and Swingin' Brass||370,000|
|1962||Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain||215,000|
|1962||Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First||860,000|
|1963||The Concert Sinatra||565,000|
|1964||Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners||560,000|
|1964||America I Hear You Singing||40,000|
|1964||It Might as Well Be Swing||1,005,000|
|1964||12 Songs of Christmas||260,000|
|1964||Softly, as I Leave You||400,000|
|1965||September of My Years||1,560,000|
|1965||Strangers in the Night||2,825,000|
|1967||Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim||1,675,000|
|1967||The World We Knew||755,000|
|1968||Francis A. & Edward K.||665,000|
|1968||The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas||320,000|
|1969||A Man Alone||595,000|
|1971||Sinatra & Company||740,000|
|1973||Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back||1,400,000|
|1974||Some Nice Things I've Missed||570,000|
|1980||Trilogy: Past, Present & Future||1,260,000|
|1981||She Shot Me Down||590,000|
|1984||L.A. Is My Lady||910,000|
As albums in the 40s were mostly boxes of singles, one can accurately guess that their market was very weak. Thus, sales of these albums rely on their availability in later years.
For this reason, among Columbia albums (1946-1950) the top seller is easily Christmas Songs by Sinatra, which remained a classic for many years. It’s one of the oldest albums to be close or over a million.
At 200,000 units The Voice of Frank Sinatra is already very successful for its era, which isn’t a surprise since this record was 7 weeks #1 in the US.
Both Songs For Young Lovers and Swing Easy were also hit albums upon release, but since they were often packaged together in later reissues their own sales are just under half a million units each. The 2-discs pack is listed among boxes in the compilation section.
Then come In the Wee Small Hours and Songs for Swingin’ Lovers. Despite months and months among top sellers in the US and in the UK (once the chart was first published), they took years to hit even half a million sales as the market was still so low in the 50s.
Often regarded as his two best albums, they continue selling to this day, both claiming over 2 million sales by now to rank them among the very biggest 50s albums.
Among these, there are also Come Fly with Me, Sings for Only the Lonely and Come Dance with Me! with well past 1.6 million sales a piece.
On top of these quintet of super successful albums, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra was both strong upon release and strong for decades to come – it still sells decently every season – good for over 3.7 million sales, which remains his highest result ever for a studio effort.
Nice ‘n’ Easy was his last smash as part of Capitol, with sales similar to the 50’s great selling sets. It was top 10 for over 5 months in both the US and the UK, topping the former chart.
After moving to his own Reprise Records, his sales got stable at over half a million per album, despite releasing up to 5 albums in a single year!
This momentum lasted until 1962’s Point of No Return, for the next 13 albums, standard studio albums all failed to hit the 500,000 sales milestone.
Albums which did get there and even higher were collaborations with Count Basie (Sinatra-Basie, It Might as Well Be Swing) and records which covered past hits (The Concert Sinatra, Sinatra’s Sinatra, September of My Years).
Then came Strangers in the Night, which sold close to 3 million units. It was his first album to pass the million mark during its initial run, something that was still very rare at the time.
At a slightly lower scale, That’s Life was also very successful, just like the classic album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim with the Brazilian legend.
The next 4 records, including another collab, Francis A. & Edward K., this time with Duke Ellington, failed to hit a million, but again this was a very high plateau at that time, and the Voice was issuing multiple albums every year.
Another strong factor is that thanks to the hit singles of the late 60s, from Strangers in the Night to My Way, countless compilations came out very soon, which moved the attention away from the original recordings. That’s why the aforementioned My Way sold only 2 million copies even if the song was so popular for so long.
Later albums weren’t dominant top 10 hits anymore, but the higher market added to very decent showings enabled them to move great numbers, averaging about a million per release.
All in all, these records sold 50 million units, which is very impressive once we consider that the LP itself was invented nearly a decade after the beginning of Sinatra‘s career, and took 30 more years to pass singles’ globally.
Frank Sinatra songs sales
Below, we list down results from the artist through physical sales, digital sales and streaming.
Please be aware that when the artist is regarded as the lead act, he is rewarded with 100% of these units, while featured acts share among them a 50% piece of the totals.
|0||Dedicated to You||The Moon Was Yellow / Reaching For The Moon||500|
|0||A Swingin' Affair!||If I Had You||500|
|1969||My Way||A Day In The Life Of A Fool||500|
|0||Orphan||September In The Rain / S'Posin'||500|
|0||Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra||My Blue Heaven / Sweet Lorraine||1,000|
|0||Songs for Young Lovers||Chicago / A Foggy Day In London Town||1,000|
|1965||Songs for Young Lovers||I Get A Kick Out Of You / They Can't Take That Away From Me||1,000|
|0||In the Wee Small Hours||In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning / Moonlight Serenade||1,000|
|1957||A Swingin' Affair!||From This Moment On / You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To||1,000|
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.
Over 600 entries. We are used to artists who released from 20 to 60 singles over their career. Sinatra is something else.
In an era that had no album format, things were ironically close to the current situation, where artists were dropping singles at very fast pace as soon as they had it recorded. There was no point in holding of something, even more considering the heavy competition in releasing cover songs of the same hits.
Results were incredible, in the UK for example, he got 30 consecutive top 10 hits from 1944 to 1947, including 10 chart toppers and only 2 peaking outside of the top 5. In the US, he was up to 37 top 10 hits by 1946, only 6 years after the beginning of charts.
The table lists all singles, with Strangers in the Night on top with over 3.2 million sales. These sales refer to the single that had Oh, You Crazy Moon as a b-side. With all versions of the single, from remaining countries as well as from oldies budget lines, the song tops 5 million sales.
This song was incredibly global, topping charts all around the world.
Merging versions, there are also over 3 million sales from both Somethin’ Stupid and My Way. Some of these sales are in common though, as for example the budget single combining Strangers in the Night and My Way moved half a million units.
Well Did You Evah? sold 2 million units as a B-Sides to the track True Love by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly. Both artists, along with Frank Sinatra, were the leading characters of the highly successful movie and soundtrack High Society in 1956.
At also 2 million plus is Theme From New York New York thanks to both initial sales and extensive catalog sales for a single.
While hitting a million was a big thing up to the 60s, Sinatra can claim many more of them, spanning many years.
They include songs like Star Dust and Ciribiribin with Harry James, I’ll Never Smile Again with Tommy Dorsey (1940), There Are Such Things (1942), Somewhere A Voice Is Calling (1942), All Or Nothing At All (1943), White Christmas (1944, 2 million adding singles listing it as a B-Sides too), I’ll Be Seeing You (1944), Nancy (1945), Five Minutes More (1946), Young-at-Heart (1954), Learnin’ The Blues (1955), Love And Marriage (1955), All The Way (1957) and That’s Life (1966)
Countless more singles sold in 6 digits as well. Maybe the biggest surprise here is the absence of various classic tracks, most notably Fly Me To The Moon, which never got a widespread release as a single.
The unreal volume of singles released combine for a terrific total of 95.5 million physical singles sold, a number only beaten by the Beatles and Elvis Presley inside our top selling artists list.
|1945||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||Try a Little Tenderness||15,000|
|1945||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You||5,000|
|1945||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||Paradise||5,000|
|1946||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||The Nearness of You||35,000|
|1945||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||Someone to Watch Over Me||80,000|
|1946||Songs by Sinatra||How Deep Is the Ocean? (How High Is the Sky?)||5,000|
|1945||Songs by Sinatra||Over The Rainbow||20,000|
|1943||Songs by Sinatra||(I Got A Woman Crazy For Me) She's Funny That Way||5,000|
|1944||Songs by Sinatra||Embraceable You||50,000|
|1945||Songs by Sinatra||All the Things You Are||15,000|
As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1.5 ratio between one album and one digital single.
Among the best-selling digital songs of Sinatra, My Way reigns supreme. The 1969 track claims no less than over 3 million sales, not bad considering iTunes kicking 35 years after its release.
Fly Me To The Moon is a very solid runner up with sales approaching the 2 million mark, while easily past a million is Theme from New York, New York.
We can’t help but remind the birth date of the singer, as Sinatra, born in 1915, would have been nearly 100 years old when downloads peaked, which make these numbers truly incredible.
The entire top 10 is over half a million sales, with possibly the biggest shocker being the fall out of grace of Strangers in the Night and Somethin’ Stupid, lost in the middle of the pack. The former’s original B-Side in some markets, Summer Wind, has been nearly as popular lately.
We also notice that Christmas songs do very well. One of the specificities of Sinatra there, is that he has no festive song which is well ahead of the rest unlike so many artists.
Instead, Jingle Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Let It Snow!, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Christmas Waltz, Mistletoe and Holly and White Christmas all remain popular to this day.
Naturally, many of the hits from the Swing era are nowhere near as popular now as they once were.
Totals impress once again with his discography amassing more than 26 million sales of downloads and ringtones.
Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track.
The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.
In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.
– South Korea: Genie streams * 2.20 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan: AWA streams * 100 / 4 (AWA has 4% of the Japanese streaming market)
– Arabic world: Anghami streams
– Sub-Saharan Africa: Boomplay + Audiomack streams
– Elsewhere: Spotify streams * Spotify market shares based on artists’ market distribution
– China* : QQ video streams * 50 if the song is available for audio stream, QQ video streams * 5 elseway (scale built based on known figures for several major artists)
– Elsewhere : Youtube views increased by 10% to account for various local platforms
*since Chinese streaming platforms are mostly video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted on par with YouTube streams.
Audio Stream value – 1,500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 6,750 views equal 1 album unit
Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * ArtistRatio + Genie * 2.20 + AWA * 100 / 4 + Anghami + Boomplay + Audiomack ) / 1500 + ( QQ views* 50(or 5) + YouTube * 1.1 ) / 6750
Written initially by Bart Howard as In Other Words in 1954, the popularity of Fly Me to the Moon grew year after year thanks to more and more popular covers, with a special boost thanks to Peggy Lee‘s 1960 version which renamed the song to its well-known title.
In 1964, Frank Sinatra, backed by the much-hyped pianist Count Basie and his orchestra, and arranged by the legendary producer Quincy Jones, released the version that will definitely make it a classic.
Although not released as a single, this version was quickly popular and got only bigger when it was extensively used during Apollo missions from 1968 to 1972.
The track tops Sinatra‘s list of most streamed songs with well over 500 million streams on Spotify alone, and over 700,000 equivalent album sales through all platforms.
My Way is the leader in South Korean tool Genie, and claims the runner up globally with nearly half a million sales backed by more than 300 million streams on both Spotify and YouTube.
While the top 2 has a decent lead, no less than 11 tracks follow with numbers in the 180,000-290,000 range.
This pack include the usual suspects, most notably Theme From New York New York which leads in China, Strangers in the Night, Somethin’ Stupid and a quartet of perennial Christmas hits.
You Make Me Feel So Young is in-between these big hits which are part of all his major compilations, and a second pack of songs which typically make the tracklist of 2-CD packages.
These less universal songs but still fairly solid performers involve The Girl from Ipanema, It Was a Very Good Years, The Lady Is a Tramp, Summer Wind and Luck Be a Lady.
We can notice that the only albums which can land various tracks in this list are Christmas efforts, both Christmas Songs by Sinatra and A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra.
The former is indeed the top performing album overall with about 1.5 million equivalent album sales from streams, an unbelievable total for an album released in the 40s.
Full catalog breakdown
If you are familiar with the artist’s catalog and want to check details of each and every song, you can access to all of them right here.
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Frank Sinatra compilations sales
It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.
All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP.
Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.
The distribution process
How to understand this table? In the example of Greatest Hits, these figures mean it sold 7,290,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 843,849 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.
The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package.
Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the That’s Life album are responsible for 34% of Greatest Hits track list attractiveness. This means it generated 2,462,000 of its 7,290,000 album sales and so forth for the other records. We then apply this process to all compilations present on the table.
Compilations sales figures listing
This list contains every compilation, live set, music video, EP that feature songs from Frank Sinatra and aren’t multi-artist packages. It contains no less than 2,146 entries. Links to the product on Discogs have been added to better identify which compilation is concerned by these numbers.
1968’s Frank Sinatra‘s Greatest Hits enjoyed the boom of Strangers in the Night to record over 7 million sales. All formats considered, it’s the highest selling record of the artist. It also benefits from remaining on print and globally available to claim this top spot.
Duets is a close runner up about half a million behind. Its success in 1993 was a shocker and led many artists to follow its template, starting with Elton John a few months later. Timing was key there as the album sold so well also because it was the best way to purchase the artist catalog on CD by the time of its release.
The next 4 compilations averaging nearly 5 million apiece are interesting because they were sold either in North America (Sinatra Reprise, Classic Sinatra) or in Europe and elsewhere (My Way, His Greatest Hits) but not everywhere.
With these albums alone, we are talking of nearly 20 million global units through 2 similar compilations which sold mostly from the early 90s to the mid 00s. They illustrate very well the strength of his catalog.
2008’s Nothing But The Best at last unified the main compilation available in all markets, selling 2.5 million units, but it was itself quickly replaced by Best of The Best in 2011 and then Ultimate Sinatra in 2015. Both albums still got time to hit a million pure sales despite the market collapse.
In-between, there are many more strong sellers. Live albums (At the Sands, The Main Event, etc.), re-recordings (Duets II), budget compilations (Gold, Portrait of Sinatra, etc), budget reissues from labels like Camden or Pickwick (The Nearness of You, Try A Little Tenderness, etc), Christmas compilations (It’s Christmas Time, Songs by Sinatra), Soundtracks (High Society), boxes (Swing Easy/Songs for Young Lovers), and many more.
This is very interesting, as it shows that Sinatra has enjoyed exactly the same sales avenue, including some off the radar like budget releases, than Elvis Presley.
On top of this, he also releases compilations, lives and Christmas albums themed after the Rat Pack. Although they have never been recorded together, they did perform together at Las Vegas. From the 00s, with the passing of all 3 of them in the previous decade (Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Sinatra in 1998), various records packaging together songs from the 3 of them started to pop up at fast pace.
Among them, top sellers are the 2002 Christmas set which is over 1.5 million and the 2001 compilation Eee-O 11 at over a million.
With 32 compilations selling in excess of a million, 24 more at over half a million, and over 200 compilations cracking the 100,000 sales mark, these records total a whopping 140 million sales.
Full Length related records Sales – Summary
Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.
These numbers are obtained by applying the method from the section The distribution process to all packages listed under Compilation sales figures listing category.
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers leads the way with an impressive tally of 15.5 million sales generated. It is home to classic tracks I’ve Got You Under My Skin and You Make Me Feel So Young which have been extensively used on his compilation from the very start.
No less than 4 more albums enjoy totals of 9-11 million. My Way and Come Fly with Me are no surprise among them as their title tracks are among the most famous songs by Sinatra.
It Might as Well Be Swing is fueled by the evergreen Fly Me to the Moon but also The Best Is Yet to Come. At its end, Sinatra’s Sinatra contains various early hits like Witchcraft, Young at Heart, All the Way and Call Me Irresponsible.
The most amazing fact though may be that despite these super results, the 5 aforementioned albums account for less than half of the total sales distributed in this table. Tons of albums powered sales in the millions, with next to no dead meat despite the extensive size of this catalog.
Bonus: best-selling compilations’ breakdowns
Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Please note country-specific numbers may miss sales of a few minor releases, although totals are complete.
Frank Sinatra Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Frank Sinatra achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!
Albums CSPC results
In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.
|artist_spotify_id||#||Cover||Album||Studio albums (EAS)||sales_update_date||Other LPs (EAS)||Physical singles (units sold)||Digital singles (units sold)||Streams||Streams increase||Total EAS||valid_as_of||streams_updated_value||album_id|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||1||The Voice of Frank Sinatra||200,000||31.01.23||1,771,000||123,000(410,000)||21,000(140,000)||46,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 10||2,161,000||20,230,329||46,000||2,153|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||2||Songs by Sinatra||70,000||31.01.23||897,000||54,000(298,000)||20,000(130,000)||23,000 (01/31/23)||N/A||1,063,000||20,230,329||23,000||2,154|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||3||Christmas Songs by Sinatra||930,000||31.01.23||5,740,000||747,000(2,498,000)||351,000(2,340,000)||1,463,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 40LD: 50||9,231,000||20,230,329||1,463,000||2,155|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||4||Frankly Sentimental||30,000||31.01.23||1,624,000||27,000(100,000)||55,000(370,000)||45,000 (01/31/23)||N/A||1,781,000||20,230,329||45,000||2,156|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||5||Dedicated to You||23,000||31.01.23||497,000||114,000(381,000)||29,000(200,000)||46,000 (01/31/23)||N/A||709,000||20,230,329||46,000||2,157|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||6||Sing and Dance with Frank Sinatra||130,000||31.01.23||1,466,000||179,000(594,000)||20,000(130,000)||39,000 (01/31/23)||N/A||1,833,000||20,230,329||39,000||2,158|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||7||Songs for Young Lovers||450,000||31.01.23||4,224,000||117,000(392,000)||64,000(430,000)||99,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 60LD: 50||4,954,000||20,230,329||99,000||2,159|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||8||Swing Easy!||470,000||31.01.23||2,090,000||263,000(875,000)||16,000(110,000)||29,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||2,868,000||20,230,329||29,000||2,160|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||9||In the Wee Small Hours||2,081,000||31.01.23||1,604,000||114,000(409,000)||30,000(200,000)||90,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 40LD: 70||3,919,000||20,230,329||90,000||2,161|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||10||Songs for Swingin' Lovers||2,491,000||31.01.23||15,539,000||171,000(785,000)||149,000(990,000)||463,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 230LD: 270||18,812,000||20,230,329||463,000||2,162|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||11||Close to You||725,000||31.01.23||675,000||320,000(1,068,000)||6,000(40,000)||34,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||1,760,000||20,230,329||34,000||2,163|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||12||A Swingin' Affair!||1,075,000||31.01.23||5,838,000||147,000(493,000)||71,000(480,000)||135,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 50LD: 80||7,266,000||20,230,329||135,000||2,164|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||13||Where Are You?||900,000||31.01.23||1,144,000||164,000(548,000)||18,000(120,000)||47,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 30LD: 50||2,273,000||20,230,329||47,000||2,165|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||14||A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra||3,712,000||31.01.23||1,356,000||15,000(60,000)||111,000(740,000)||441,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 10||5,635,000||20,230,329||441,000||2,166|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||15||Come Fly with Me||1,650,000||31.01.23||9,411,000||201,000(675,000)||142,000(950,000)||337,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 120LD: 190||11,741,000||20,230,329||337,000||2,167|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||16||Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely||2,211,000||31.01.23||285,000||18,000(63,000)||19,000(130,000)||25,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||2,558,000||20,230,329||25,000||2,168|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||17||Come Dance with Me!||1,610,000||31.01.23||2,745,000||301,000(1,003,000)||29,000(200,000)||84,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 50LD: 50||4,769,000||20,230,329||84,000||2,169|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||18||No One Cares||870,000||31.01.23||2,251,000||350,000(1,168,000)||18,000(120,000)||65,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 20||3,554,000||20,230,329||65,000||2,170|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||19||Nice 'n' Easy||1,750,000||31.01.23||1,968,000||419,000(1,395,000)||24,000(160,000)||59,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 30LD: 60||4,220,000||20,230,329||59,000||2,171|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||20||Ring-a-Ding Ding!||620,000||31.01.23||302,000||204,000(681,000)||23,000(160,000)||44,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 30||1,193,000||20,230,329||44,000||2,172|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||21||Come Swing with Me!||725,000||31.01.23||437,000||590,000(1,968,000)||15,000(100,000)||13,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||1,780,000||20,230,329||13,000||2,173|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||22||Swing Along With Me||585,000||31.01.23||115,000||102,000(349,000)||8,000(50,000)||9,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 0LD: 0||818,000||20,230,329||9,000||2,174|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||23||I Remember Tommy||625,000||31.01.23||973,000||1,633,000(5,735,000)||43,000(290,000)||29,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 10||3,303,000||20,230,329||29,000||2,175|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||24||Sinatra & Strings||520,000||31.01.23||1,173,000||720,000(2,399,000)||22,000(150,000)||54,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 20||2,489,000||20,230,329||54,000||2,176|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||25||Point of No Return||645,000||31.01.23||372,000||47,000(155,000)||26,000(170,000)||14,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 30LD: 10||1,104,000||20,230,329||14,000||2,177|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||26||Sinatra and Swingin' Brass||370,000||31.01.23||31,000||72,000(240,000)||8,000(60,000)||15,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 20||496,000||20,230,329||15,000||2,178|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||27||All Alone||325,000||31.01.23||23,000||0(0)||5,000(30,000)||3,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 0LD: 0||356,000||20,230,329||3,000||2,179|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||28||Sinatra Sings Great Songs from Great Britain||215,000||31.01.23||195,000||0(0)||11,000(80,000)||14,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||435,000||20,230,329||14,000||2,180|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||29||Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First||860,000||31.01.23||1,596,000||597,000(1,990,000)||13,000(90,000)||75,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 30LD: 30||3,141,000||20,230,329||75,000||2,181|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||30||The Concert Sinatra||565,000||31.01.23||729,000||308,000(1,023,000)||26,000(170,000)||36,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 190LD: 20||1,663,000||20,230,329||36,000||2,182|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||31||Sinatra's Sinatra||1,005,000||31.01.23||10,443,000||1,754,000(5,851,000)||172,000(1,150,000)||285,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 240LD: 200||13,659,000||20,230,329||285,000||2,183|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||32||Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners||560,000||31.01.23||2,126,000||252,000(839,000)||179,000(1,190,000)||262,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 160LD: 140||3,378,000||20,230,329||262,000||2,184|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||33||America I Hear You Singing||40,000||31.01.23||36,000||72,000(240,000)||10,000(70,000)||7,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 100LD: 0||165,000||20,230,329||7,000||2,185|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||34||It Might as Well Be Swing||1,005,000||31.01.23||11,139,000||32,000(121,000)||357,000(2,380,000)||793,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 390LD: 350||13,326,000||20,230,329||793,000||2,186|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||35||12 Songs of Christmas||260,000||31.01.23||157,000||7,000(23,000)||32,000(220,000)||48,000 (01/31/23)||N/A||504,000||20,230,329||48,000||2,187|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||36||Softly, as I Leave You||400,000||31.01.23||19,000||163,000(543,000)||11,000(80,000)||7,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 0||600,000||20,230,329||7,000||2,188|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||37||September of My Years||1,560,000||31.01.23||1,728,000||129,000(430,000)||86,000(580,000)||86,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 40LD: 30||3,589,000||20,230,329||86,000||2,189|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||38||Moonlight Sinatra||320,000||31.01.23||55,000||0(0)||10,000(70,000)||26,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 200LD: 10||411,000||20,230,329||26,000||2,190|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||39||Strangers in the Night||2,825,000||31.01.23||6,231,000||1,633,000(5,443,000)||185,000(1,230,000)||259,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 170LD: 170||11,132,000||20,230,329||259,000||2,191|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||40||That's Life||1,230,000||31.01.23||5,826,000||288,000(963,000)||139,000(930,000)||313,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 210LD: 190||7,796,000||20,230,329||313,000||2,192|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||41||Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim||1,675,000||31.01.23||857,000||0(0)||38,000(260,000)||121,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 70LD: 60||2,691,000||20,230,329||121,000||2,193|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||42||The World We Knew||755,000||31.01.23||4,798,000||1,313,000(4,375,000)||101,000(670,000)||278,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 230LD: 420||7,244,000||20,230,329||278,000||2,194|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||43||Francis A. & Edward K.||665,000||31.01.23||2,000||2,000(5,000)||7,000(50,000)||18,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||694,000||20,230,329||18,000||2,195|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||44||The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas||320,000||31.01.23||60,000||17,000(58,000)||12,000(80,000)||19,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 0||428,000||20,230,329||19,000||2,196|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||45||Cycles||920,000||31.01.23||44,000||190,000(633,000)||15,000(100,000)||12,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||1,181,000||20,230,329||12,000||2,197|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||46||My Way||2,135,000||31.01.23||11,217,000||758,000(2,536,000)||504,000(3,360,000)||543,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 540LD: 480||15,157,000||20,230,329||543,000||2,198|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||47||A Man Alone||595,000||31.01.23||66,000||122,000(408,000)||13,000(90,000)||13,000 (01/31/23)||Av.: 0LD: 6,010||809,000||20,230,329||13,000||2,199|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||48||Watertown||400,000||31.01.23||1,000||48,000(160,000)||3,000(20,000)||11,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 30||463,000||20,230,329||11,000||2,200|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||49||Sinatra & Company||740,000||31.01.23||53,000||56,000(185,000)||11,000(80,000)||36,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 30||896,000||20,230,329||36,000||2,201|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||50||Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back||1,400,000||31.01.23||120,000||128,000(425,000)||57,000(380,000)||26,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||1,731,000||20,230,329||26,000||2,202|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||51||Some Nice Things I've Missed||570,000||31.01.23||38,000||93,000(311,000)||18,000(120,000)||16,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 20LD: 20||735,000||20,230,329||16,000||2,203|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||52||Trilogy: Past, Present & Future||1,260,000||31.01.23||6,223,000||696,000(2,323,000)||230,000(1,540,000)||342,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 320LD: 270||8,751,000||20,230,329||342,000||2,204|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||53||She Shot Me Down||590,000||31.01.23||2,000||2,000(4,000)||11,000(70,000)||18,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||622,000||20,230,329||18,000||2,205|
|1Mxqyy3pSjf8kZZL4QVxS0||54||L.A. Is My Lady||910,000||31.01.23||193,000||96,000(320,000)||13,000(90,000)||13,000 (03/29/23)||Av.: 10LD: 10||1,225,000||20,230,329||13,000||2,206|
As a reminder:
- Studio Album: sales of the original album
- Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
- Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
- Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
- Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)
See where the artist ranks among remaining singers
Nearly 19 million sales for 1956’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, 15 million for 1969’s My Way, 11-14 million for each Come Fly with Me (1958), Sinatra’s Sinatra (1963), It Might as Well Be Swing (1964), Strangers in the Night (1966), and then very strong sellers at 6-9 million spanning years from 1948 (Christmas Songs by Sinatra) to 1979 (Trilogy), what more can we say?
Many artists have been able to sell a lot of records for many decades thanks to material released in their hey-days, but how many can pretend to have released highly valuable new records again and again and again for over 40 years?
The longevity of Sinatra has been unique. One more unreal fact is that despite starting his decade nearly a decade before the real creation of albums, he still released 38 studio sets which top the million sales once all metrics are combined.
Close to 140 million compilations and 50 million studio albums, over 95 million physical singles, 26 million downloads, about 8 million EAS from streams, these numbers are mind boggling.
After reviewing every item, counts close at nearly 229 million equivalent album sales for the legend that is Frank Sinatra.
This puts him comfortably among the top 10 best-selling artists of all-time, and far and away the biggest coming out in the first half of the 20th century.
Singles CSPC results
The list is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each song. Therefore, these figures are not merged units of singles formats. Instead, it includes weighted sales of the song’s physical single, download, ringtone and streaming as well as its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.
1. 1969 – Frank Sinatra – My Way [My Way] – 14,690,000
2. 1964 – Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon [It Might as Well Be Swing] – 12,560,000
3. 1956 – Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got You Under My Skin [Songs for Swingin’ Lovers] – 11,510,000
4. 1957 – Frank Sinatra – Come Fly with Me [Come Fly with Me] – 8,380,000
5. 1965 – Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the Night [Strangers in the Night] – 8,300,000
6. 1979 – Frank Sinatra – Theme from New York, New York [Trilogy: Past, Present & Future] – 8,170,000
7. 1966 – Frank Sinatra – That’s Life [That’s Life] – 7,660,000
8. 1967 – Frank Sinatra – Somethin’ Stupid [The World We Knew] – 6,320,000
9. 1951 – Frank Sinatra – You Make Me Feel So Young [Songs for Swingin’ Lovers] – 5,680,000
10. 1957 – Frank Sinatra – Witchcraft [Sinatra’s Sinatra] – 5,220,000
11. 1956 – Frank Sinatra – The Lady Is a Tramp [A Swingin’ Affair!] – 4,530,000
12. 1965 – Frank Sinatra – It Was a Very Good Year [September of My Years] – 3,330,000
13. 1953 – Frank Sinatra – I Get a Kick Out of You [Songs for Young Lovers] – 2,840,000
14. 1940 – Frank Sinatra – I’ll Never Smile Again [No One Cares] – 2,820,000
15. 1965 – Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind [Strangers in the Night] – 2,430,000
16. 1955 – Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning [In the Wee Small Hours] – 2,400,000
17. 1957 – Frank Sinatra – All the Way [Sinatra’s Sinatra] – 2,330,000
18. 1953 – Frank Sinatra – Young at Heart [Sinatra’s Sinatra] – 2,320,000
19. 1964 – Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight [Sinatra Sings Days of Wine and Roses, Moon River, and Other Academy Award Winners] – 2,280,000
20. 1960 – Frank Sinatra – Nice ‘n’ Easy [Nice ‘n’ Easy] – 2,260,000
21. 1957 – Frank Sinatra – Mistletoe and Holly [A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra] – 2,250,000
22. 1953 – Frank Sinatra – I’ve Got the World on a String [Orphan] – 2,130,000
23. 1967 – Frank Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim – The Girl from Ipanema [Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim] – 2,080,000
24. 1958 – Frank Sinatra – Angel Eyes [Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely] – 2,070,000
25. 1947 – Frank Sinatra – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [Christmas Songs by Sinatra] – 2,050,000
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Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that his sales represent 32.55 million times the purchase of his entire discography. Coupled with his total sales, it translates into an ASR score of 489.
The ranking of all artists studied so far is available too at this link.
Records & Achievements
- At 228,806,000 EAS, Frank Sinatra is the most successful artist ever to debut before 1955.
- At 95,253,000 units, Frank Sinatra is among the 5 best selling singles artists of all-time in physical formats.
- On July 27 1940, I’ll Never Smile Again was the first ever US #1 Best Sellers single.
- On July 22 1956, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers was the first ever UK #1 album.
- At 122 weeks, My Way remained for over 45 years the longest charting single of all-time in the UK.
- Frank Sinatra has got more than 35 Top 10 records in both the album and the single chart in both the US and the UK.
- Frank Sinatra released million selling records with new recordings in his 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. He was a year away from also doing it in his 80s.
- Frank Sinatra has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for each his recording, motion pictures and television careers.
- At 2,160,000 EAS, The Voice of Frank Sinatra is among the 3 most successful albums of 1946.
- At 9,228,000 EAS, Christmas Songs by Sinatra is the most successful album from 1948.
- At 4,951,000 EAS, Songs for Young Lovers is among the 5 most successful albums from 1954.
- At 3,917,000 EAS, In the Wee Small Hours is among the 5 most successful albums from 1955.
- At 18,799,000 EAS, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers is the most successful album from 1956.
- At 7,263,000 EAS, A Swingin’ Affair! is among the 3 most successful albums from 1957.
- At 5,634,000 EAS, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra is among the 5 most successful albums from 1957.
- At 11,734,000 EAS, Come Fly with Me is among the 3 most successful albums from 1958.
- At 13,646,000 EAS, Sinatra’s Sinatra is the 3rd most successful albums from 1963.
- At 13,304,000 EAS, It Might as Well Be Swing is among the 5 most successful albums from 1964.
- At 11,122,000 EAS, Strangers in the Night is among the 10 most successful albums from the 1966.
- At 7,784,000 EAS, That’s Life is among the 10 most successful albums from the 1966.
- At 15,126,000 EAS, My Way is among the 10 most successful albums from the 1969.
NB: EAS means Equivalent Album Sales.
Dynamic Spotify Key Performance Indicators
Please note that numbers below are retrieved automatically, so they will evolve day by day unlike previously listed data which is valid as of the publication date of the article.
Current followers count: 6,182,911 6,000,000 followers have been reached on 01/10/23 5,000,000 followers have been reached on 09/03/21 4,000,000 followers have been reached on 07/21/20 >> Daily breakdown
Current streams count: 6,157,315,630 6,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 01/19/23 5,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 06/25/21 4,000,000,000 streams have been reached on 12/31/20 >> Daily breakdown
Frank Sinatra is #193 among the most streamed artists of all-time Popularity Rating: /100 >> Visit our Top 1,000 most streamed artists ranking >> Visit our Top 20 highest rated artists ranking
Current monthly listeners: 12,315,833 (Trend: -94,297) Global chart position: N/A The artist top 50 cities come from 23 distinct countries >> Global impact breakdown
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Discogs.
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Wow great work guys!I didn’t knew that Sinatra sold over 300 million records.Now i’m waiting for Bing Crosby and Tina Turner.
I’ve been waiting for this article, congratulations!
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