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15 of the Most Beloved Tony Bennett Songs

In the vast realm of music, some voices transcend the barriers of time and space, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of generations. One such extraordinary voice is that of Tony Bennett — an artist whose velvety tones and heartfelt performances have woven a tapestry of emotions that spans across decades.

But on July 21, 2023 we lost the icon, just two weeks before what would have been his 97th birthday. Though there was no confirmation of the cause of death, Bennett has been battling Alzheimer’s disease since his diagnosis in 2016.

From humble beginnings to super stardom

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto on August 3, 1926, in Queens, New York, Tony Bennett’s journey began humbly, guided by his passion for music from a tender age. As a child, he sang in local church choirs, foreshadowing the brilliance that was yet to emerge. Little did the world know that the boy with a dream would grow into a man whose voice would resonate with millions worldwide.

Emerging in the 1950s as a crooner with a magnetic stage presence, Tony Bennett’s distinctive style effortlessly navigated through various genres, ranging from jazz and pop to show tunes and blues. Through the years he became beloved by millions because in every note he sang, he bared his soul, drawing listeners into a realm of vulnerability and sincerity. It was as though each song became a confessional, and audiences could feel the raw emotion in every syllable he uttered.

He won various accolades and awards — including 20 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award and many others — but Tony Bennett’s greatest gift lies in his capacity to heal through his music. Whether celebrating love’s triumphs, lamenting heartaches, or simply rejoicing in life’s joys, his songs possess an uncanny ability to evoke emotions buried deep within the human soul.

Tony Bennett’s journey is a testament to the power of music to elevate the human spirit, to forge connections that span generations, and to immortalize emotions that words alone cannot express. And his contribution to the Great American Songbook are priceless.

Here we honor Tony Bennett with 15 of his most moving, memorable and magical songs ranked from from the ones we love through to the ones we can’t imagine the world without:

15. “Under My Skin”  (2022)

Bennett teams up with Lady Gaga for this magical duet cover.

14. “When Joanna Loved Me” (1964)

A lesser-known gem, this song highlights Bennett’s storytelling abilities and emotional resonance.

13. “Body and Soul” (2011)

This classic jazz standard becomes a masterpiece in Bennett’s hands, as he effortlessly brings out the emotional depth of the song.

12. “Because of You” (1952)

One of Tony Bennett’s earliest hits from 1951, this romantic ballad showcases his early vocal prowess.

11. “If I Ruled the World” (1965)

Bennett’s powerful delivery elevates this song to new heights, making it a memorable and captivating performance.

10. “Stranger in Paradise” (1953)

From the musical “Kismet,” Tony Bennett’s version of this enchanting song showcases his ability to interpret show tunes with ease.

9. “Smile” (1959)

Penned by Charlie Chaplin, this song’s simple yet profound message is amplified by Bennett’s heartfelt performance.

8. “The Good Life” (1962)

This song encapsulates the essence of living life to the fullest, and Tony Bennett’s smooth rendition perfectly captures the sentiment.

7. “Blue Velvet”  (1951)

Originally recorded by Tony Bennett in 1951 and later popularized by Bobby Vinton, Bennett’s version remains an exquisite interpretation of this romantic ballad.

6. “For Once in My Life” (1967)

Bennett’s take on this Stevie Wonder classic is filled with joy and optimism, adding his unique style to the song.

5. “Rags to Riches” (1953)

Released in 1953, this song became one of Tony Bennett’s early hits, showcasing his vocal range and emotive delivery.

4. “Steppin’ Out with My Baby” (1993)

Originally from the musical “Easter Parade,” this upbeat and jazzy tune showcases Bennett’s charisma and charm.

3. “The Way You Look Tonight” (1961)

This beautiful ballad, written by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1936. Tony Bennett’s rendition adds a touch of sophistication.

2. “Fly Me to the Moon” (1965)

Originally written by Bart Howard, Tony Bennett’s rendition of this song is timeless and exudes a dreamy romanticism that has made it a classic.

1. “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” (1962)

 This is undoubtedly Tony Bennett’s signature song. Released in 1962, it became an anthem for the city of San Francisco and won him two Grammy Awards.

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