Top 10 Frankie Valli Solo Songs

Frankie Valli Songs

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Our top 10 Frankie Valli solo songs list takes a listen to the songs Frankie Valli released as a solo artist outside of his work with his legendary band The Four Seasons. For anyone who’s over 50 years old and then again maybe possibly anyone who over 55 or even 60 years old, the voice of Frankie Valli has played a significant role in the soundtrack to their lives. There’s no escaping it. If you were youngster in the 1960s or teenager or even a twenty-something, inevitably the music of The Four Seasons surrounded you constantly. However what so many people confuse is the ability separate all the songs that Frankie Valli recorded as a solo artist from his work with The Four Seasons. That has been made even more difficult over the years as Rhino records and many of the other record companies that have released all The Four Seasons  box sets and cds have constantly packaged the Frankie Valli solo songs under the title Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Most of the time that’s incorrect, however there were times when Frankie Valli recorded with various members of The Four Seasons especially Bob Gaudio on his solo projects.

This top 10 Frankie Valli solo songs list presents 10 of our favorite Frankie Valli solo songs that are inescapable from our memories with some more than others. At times, Frankie Valli went disco, and he had some of his biggest hits of his solo career in the disco genre. Especially the theme song to the soundtrack of the motion picture Grease.  In the 1960s  and 1970s there was never too long of a stretch of time that went by when the golden vocals chords of Frankie Valli was not dominating the rado.

# 10 – I Can’t Live A Dream

We open up our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list with the powerful and emotional ballad entitled “I Can’t Live A Dream.” These type of  big ballads with the huge string arrangements were very popular in the 1960s. They all had a very dramatic almost Italian opera feel to them. This was one of Frankie Valli’s first solo hits outside of his work with The Four Seasons. The song was released on the album entitled Timeless. This was Frankie Valli’s second solo album. The album was released in 1968.

# 9 – Native New Yorker

Continuing with our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list we take a listen to disco Frankie Valli. This popular song that was more of a hit for the band Odyssey was also covered by Frankie Valli on his album entitled Lady Put The Light Out. Look at that album cover, it so depicts the disco era that made many of us who lived through it cringe all the time. Now it’s all nostalgic. The album was released in 1977. The song was written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer.

# 8 – To Give (The Reason I Live)

In the number eight spot our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list we present the song entitled “To Give (The Reason I Live),” It doesn’t get much more dramatic than this, but I will tell you people loved it. There was an entire generation of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett music fans that just ate up music like this.  The song was released on the album entitled Timeless. The album was released in 1968. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 breaking into the Top 40.

# 7 – Fallen Angel

In the number seven position on our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list is the song entitled “Fallen Angel.” Often credited as to Frankie Valli and the Four Season, this was indeed a Frankie Valli solo recording. Although it does appear on the soundtrack to the motion picture Jersey Boys and is credited on the soundtrack to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The song was first released by Frankie Valli’s in 1976 as a solo single when he was no longer with the Four Seasons.

# 6 – Your Ready Now

Landing in the number six spot on our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list we present the song  “Your Ready Now.” The song was released in 1966 as a solo Frankie Valli recording. While it was not a really big hit in the United States it did do well in the United Kingdom where it was a top 40 hit on the UK music charts. It’s an interesting sound that crosse the genres of pop and Motown with heavy female backing vocals. This was often called Northern Soul in the United Kingdom,

# 5 – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

At the halfway point on our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list we showcase the incredible recording of the song “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” Everyone loved this one. The song was recorded in 1965 during recording sessions with the Four Seasons, However the record company released the song as a single as Frankie Valli’s first solo recording. It wasn’t that big of a hit originally for Frankie Valli. However, the Walker Brothers would soon record the song and have a monster hit with it. Still we prefer the Frankie Valli version of the song and even liked his re-recording of the song in the 1970s.

# 4 – Swearin To God

Between 1976 and 1979 disco blew up all over the world. So many musical artists participated in attempting to cash in on the popularity of the genre. Some did it well while others looked silly. Frankie Valli could have taught a masterclass in how to do it with class, style and originality. The song “Swearin To God,” was the perfect example.. This is such a brilliant record. It’s probably one of his most forgotten gems and we hope that including it here brings back some great memories for many people.

# 3 – Grease

Moving along on our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list we turn to the song that everyone alive on the planet knows. In 1978 Frankie Valli recorded the theme song to the John Travolta, Olivia Newton John motion picture entitled Grease. While sounding nothing like a 50s song, the single “Grease,” was a huge hit in representing a movie about the 50s released during the disco era. The song was a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 giving Frankie Valli a number one record.

# 2 – My Eyes Adored You

As we start to get to close to the top spot on ur 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list, we celebrate the gorgeous and much loved song “My Eyes Adored You.” The song was billed as the sequel to Frankie Valli’s 1960s solo hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You.” The song was released on the album entitled Closeup. The album was released in 1974. The song “My Eyes Adored You,” would become one of the biggest singles of the year. The song went straight to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song also revitalized an interest in the Four Season who two years later would with return their own number one hit “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”

# 1 – Can’t Take My Eyes Of You

We close out our top 10 Frankie Valli Solo songs list with the absolutely stunning and legendary song entitled “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You.” The song was released in 1967 as a single. The song was a huge hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number two. At the time The Association’s monster hit ‘Windy,” prevented Frankie Valli from reaching number one with “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You.” Nonetheless, in our book this was Frankie Valli’s greatest solo recording.

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