“My Way” by Frank Sinatra

This song’s biggest liability is that the English lyrics (the song was originally in French) were written by Paul Anka, who, as “You’re Having My Baby” clearly shows, was not exactly a lyrical mastermind. When you hand it to a truly great figure in music like Sinatra or Elvis who can justify the sentiments the song is built around, it simply works, so well that the clumsy lyrics become a non-issue. Give it to Anka himself or any other mere mortal singer, however, and it becomes simply a mediocre-to-poor song with a vast reputation it cannot possibly live up to.

Verdict: It depends entirely on who is singing it.

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