16 Most Requested Songs (Johnny Mathis album)

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16 Most Requested Songs
Compilation album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 1986[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
Right from the Heart
16 Most Requested Songs
Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

16 Most Requested Songs is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in 1986 by Columbia Records and features 12 tracks representing his time with the label from 1956 to 1963, including his Billboard top 10 hits "Chances Are", "It's Not for Me to Say", "The Twelfth of Never", "Gina", and "What Will Mary Say" as well as his signature song, "Misty".[3] The remaining four selections ("Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)",[4] "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)",[5] "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story",[6] and "Didn't We"[5]) were recorded with Columbia between 1969 and 1977.

On August 4, 2000, the album received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies.[1]


Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic retrospectively gave the collection a good review. "Although other sets may have a few more tracks, this is a very entertaining sampler."<allmusic/>

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:03
  2. "It's Not for Me to Say" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:05
  3. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:34
  4. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 2:26
  5. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Ben Raleigh) – 2:50
  6. "Maria" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 3:45
  7. "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:28
  8. "Small World" (Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne) – 3:18
  9. "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" (Barbra Streisand, Paul Williams) – 3:15
  10. "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota, Eddie Snyder) – 2:58
  11. "What Will Mary Say" (Eddie Snyder, Paul Vance) – 3:09
  12. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:41
  13. "A Certain Smile" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:47
  14. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 2:46
  15. "Didn't We" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:49
  16. "Gina" (Leon Carr, Paul Vance) – 2:46



  1. ^ a b "RIAA Gold Platinum Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 18 August 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "16 Most Requested Songs - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ Whitburn 2009, pp. 627–628.
  4. ^ a b c (1977) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 34872.
  5. ^ a b c d e f (1969) Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" (A Time for Us) by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9909.
  6. ^ a b c (1971) Love Story by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C 30499.
  7. ^ a b c d (2006) Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records 82876 88583 2.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.


  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802