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One of the most influential Teen Idols of The '50s and '60s, Paul Anka (born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actor, who found success as early as the age of 14. His early songs crooned about topics such as young love, heartbreak, and longing, but starting in The '70s he began writing about more mature themes to stay with his maturing audience. Much of his success also came from writing hits for other artists such as Frank Sinatra and Connie Francis, and TV theme music (such as the opening theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.)



  • Paul Anka (1958)
  • My Heart Sings (1959)
  • Swings For Young Lovers (1960)
  • It's Christmas Everywhere (1961)
  • Young, Alive and In Love!
  • Let's Sit This One Out
  • 3 Great Guys (with Sam Cooke and Neil Sedaka)
  • Our Man Around the World
  • Italiano
  • Goodnight My Love
  • Life Goes On
  • Paul Anka (1972)
  • Jubilation
  • Anka
  • Feelings
  • The Painter
  • The Music Man
  • Listen to Your Heart
  • Headlines
  • Both Sides of Love
  • Walk a Fine Line
  • Freedom for the World
  • Somebody Loves You
  • Amigos (Duets in Spanish)
  • Rock Swings
  • Classic Songs, My Way
  • Songs of December
  • Duets


These tropes have got Paul Anka's guarantee!note 

  • Age-Gap Romance: "Diana" tells of Paul's longing for an older girl (later revealed to be inspired by a girl from his church he barely knew.)
  • Lonely at the Top: "Lonely Boy," about a protagonist who's rich and famous, but completely lonely.
  • Puppy Love: His song of the same name is about the singer finding love at the age of seventeen, and becoming desperate when adults dismiss it as "just puppy love."
  • Silly Love Songs: His most well-known music consists of sweet youth-focused love ballads.

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