YMMV / Frank Sinatra

  • Critical Dissonance: His first Duets album was widely panned on release as cynical, artistically negligible cash-in product. It then turned out to be the biggest-selling album of his career by a considerable margin.
  • Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming: "Me And My Shadow", sung with Sammy Davis, Jr. is probably the best Heterosexual Life-Partners song.
    • Doubles as a Tear Jerker is the song "My Way". As he contemplates his life Frank admits that while he's made plenty of mistakes he's still proud of it, claiming that he lived it his way and no one else's.
  • Growing the Beard: In The Forties, Frank Sinatra was a Teen Idol pop star with a fanbase of mostly teenage girls. That's right, during World War II Frank Sinatra was Justin Bieber. But then, he Took a Level in Badass... (see the main page)
  • He Really Can Act: An essential part of Growing the Beard above. In The Forties he co-starred in a couple of musicals with Gene Kelly as a pleasant juvenile lead. Then he won that well-deserved Oscar in From Here to Eternity, critical acclaim for his powerful performance as a heroin junkie in The Man With the Golden Arm and demonstrated several more times that it was no fluke.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: "My Way" is Sinatra's most famous song, yet he didn't write it himself (Claude François' "Comme d' Habitude" was the originator) and he didn't like it that much himself. Many Sinatra fans would likely argue that there are better Sinatra songs around, yet nobody denies that it sums up pretty much everything that makes the singer great.
  • Newer Than They Think: "My Way" and "New York, New York", the two songs most associated with him, were not recorded until well after his peak of popularity (from the late 1940s to the early 1960s). The latter is especially notable, as it was only released in 1980, but became iconic almost immediately.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit: He released an album of folk covers and, of all things, a disco album in the '70s.

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