Nat King Cole discography

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Nat King Cole discography
Studio albums28 (12")
Live albums1

This article contains a list of albums by Nat King Cole and compilations of his recordings, together with a list of his chart singles.

Capitol 78-rpm albums[edit]

Volumes 1-4 released as separate booklets in 10" format. Booklet Volumes 1 and 2 contain 4 shellac records. Booklet Volumes 3 and 4 contain 3 shellac records. Volume 4 is also issued in a box set of three 45-rpm records.

Capitol 10" albums[edit]

Capitol 12" albums[edit]

Original compilation albums[edit]

Other compilation albums[edit]

  • 1965 Unforgettable
  • 1965 Sings Hymns & Spirituals
  • 1965 Nat King Cole Trio: The Vintage Years
  • 1965 Nature Boy
  • 1966 Longines Symphonette Society Presents the Unforgettable Nat King Cole (box set)
  • 1967 Stay as Sweet as You Are
  • 1968 Best of Nat King Cole
  • 1970 The Magic of Christmas with Children (Safeway Supermarket promo LP)
  • 1972 The Greatest of Nat King Cole (2-album set sold by Dynamic House)
  • 1973 Nature Boy
  • 1974 Love Is Here to Stay
  • 1974 Love is a Many Splendored Thing
  • 1977 20 Golden Greats
  • 1979 Reader's Digest Presents: The Great Nat King Cole (box set)
  • 1982 Greatest Love Songs
  • 1983 Unforgettable (Australia)
  • 1990 Hit That Jive, Jack
  • 1990 Jumpin' at Capitol
  • 1990 Capitol Collectors' Series
  • 1990 Cole, Christmas, & Kids
  • 1991 The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio (box set, Mosaic Records)
  • 1991 The Unforgettable Nat King Cole
  • 1992 Nat King Cole at the Movies
  • 1992 Christmas Favorites
  • 1992 The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio: The Instrumental Classics
  • 1993 The Billy May Sessions
  • 1993 Mis Mejores Canciones: 19 Super Exitos
  • 1994 Let's Face the Music & Dance
  • 1996 Sincerely/The Beautiful Ballads
  • 1997 For Sentimental Reasons
  • 1997 Retro
  • 1998 The Frim Fram Sauce
  • 1998 Dear Lonely Hearts/I Don't Want to Be Hurt Anymore
  • 1999 Looking Back/Where Did Everyone Go?
  • 1999 Live at the Circle Room
  • 1999 The Christmas Song
  • 2000 Coast to Coast Live (1963 concert at Riverside Inn, Fresno, Calif., 1962 WNEW radio show)
  • 2000 Route 66
  • 2000 Christmas for Kids: From One to Ninety-Two
  • 2001 Golden Greats
  • 2001 The King Swings
  • 2001 Try Not to Cry
  • 2001 Night Lights (radio recordings from 1956, most tracks previously unreleased)
  • 2003 Stepping Out of a Dream
  • 2003 The Classic Singles (4-CD book)
  • 2003 20 Golden Greats
  • 2003 The Best Of...
  • 2003 Love Songs
  • 2003 The Nat King Cole Trio (with famous guests)
  • 2003 The One and Only Nat King Cole
  • 2004 Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer/My Fair Lady
  • 2005 The World of Nat King Cole (bonus DVD added 2006)
  • 2006 The Very Best of Nat King Cole
  • 2006 Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings, 1955–1959
  • 2006 L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings, 1960–1964
  • 2008 Holiday Collection 2008: NBC Sounds of the Season
  • 2009 Re:Generations
  • 2014 The Extraordinary Nat King Cole

Chart singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[1][2] US
R&B
[3]
UK[4]
1942 "That Ain't Right" - 1
1943 "All For You" 18 1
1944 "Straighten Up and Fly Right" /
"I Can't See For Lookin'"
9
28
1
2
"Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You?" /
"I Realize Now"
15
-
1
9
"I'm Lost" - 4
1945 "If You Can't Smile And Say Yes" - 3
"I'm A Shy Guy" - 2
1946 "Come To Baby, Do!" /
"The Frim Fram Sauce"
-
19
3
-
"Get Your Kicks On Route 66" 11 3
"You Call It Madness" 10 -
"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" /
"The Best Man"
1
14
3
-
"The Christmas Song" 3 3
1947 "You Don't Learn That In School" /
"Meet Me At No Special Place (And I'll Be There At No Particular Time)"
22
-
-
3
"Save The Bones For Henry Jones" /
"Harmony"
12
12
-
-
"Those Things Money Can't Buy" 22 9
"The Christmas Song" (re-entry) 23 -
1948 "What'll I Do?" 22 8
"Nature Boy" /
"Lost April"
1
20
2
-
"A Boy From Texas" 24 -
"Put 'Em In A Box, Tie It With A Ribbon" 30 -
"Don't Blame Me" 21 -
"Little Girl" 25 -
"Lillette" - 12
1949 "The Christmas Song" (re-entry) 24 -
"Kee-Mo Ky-Mo (The Magic Song)" - 10
"Flo and Joe" - 7
1950 "For You My Love" (with Nellie Lutcher) - 8
"I Almost Lost My Mind" 26 7
"Mona Lisa" 1 1
"Home" 22 -
"Orange Colored Sky" 5 -
1951 "Frosty the Snowman" 9 -
"Jet" 20 8
"Always You" 28 -
"Too Young" 1 3
"Red Sails in the Sunset" 24 -
"Because Of Rain" 17 -
"Unforgettable" 12 -
1952 "Walkin'" - 5
"Somewhere Along The Way" 8 - 3
"Walkin' My Baby Back Home" /
"Funny (Not Much)"
8
26
-
-
-
-
"Because You're Mine" /
"I'm Never Satisfied""
16
22
-
-
6
-
"The Ruby and the Pearl" /
"Faith Can Move Mountains"
23
24
-
-
-
10
1953 "The Christmas Song" (re-entry) 30 - -
"Strange" 20 - -
"Pretend" /
"Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping (For Your Heart)"
2
23
10
-
2
-
"Can't I?" 16 7 6
"Mother Nature and Father Time" - - 7
"I Am In Love" 19 - -
"Return To Paradise" 15 - -
"A Fool Was I" /
"If Love Is Good To Me"
17
28
-
-
-
-
"Lover, Come Back To Me!" 16 - -
1954 "Answer Me, My Love" /
"Why"
6
27
-
-
-
-
"Tenderly" - - 10
"It Happens To Be Me" /
"Alone Too Long"
16
25
-
-
-
-
"Make Her Mine" 19 - 11
"Smile" 10 - 2
"Unbelievable" /
"Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)"
26
14
-
-
-
-
"The Christmas Song" (new version) 29 - -
1955 "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" /
"The Sand and the Sea"
7
23
-
-
-
-
"A Blossom Fell" /
"If I May"
2
8
-
-
3
-
"My One Sin" 24 - 17
"Someone You Love" /
"Forgive My Heart"
13
13
-
-
-
-
1956 "Take Me Back To Toyland" /
"I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life"
47
57
-
-
-
-
"Dreams Can Tell A Lie" - - 10
"Ask Me" /
"Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You"
18
72
-
-
-
-
"Too Young To Go Steady" /
"Never Let Me Go"
21
79
-
-
8
-
"That's All There Is to That" /
"My Dream Sonata"
16
59
15
-
-
-
"Love Me As If There Were No Tomorrow" - - 11
"Night Lights" /
"To The Ends Of The Earth"
11
25
-
-
-
-
1957 "Ballerina" /
"You Are My First Love"
18
65
-
-
-
-
"When I Fall In Love" - - 2
"When Rock and Roll Come To Trinidad" 48 - 28
"Stardust" 79 - 24
"Send For Me" /
"My Personal Possession"
6
21
1
-
-
21
"With You On My Mind" 30 - -
1958 "Angel Smile" 33 - -
"Looking Back" /
"Do I Like It"
5
67
2
-
-
-
"Come Closer To Me (Acercate Mas)" /
"Nothing In The World"
38
99
-
-
-
-
"Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)" 45 - -
1959 "Give Me Your Love" /
"Madrid"
82
85
- -
"You Made Me Love You" /
"I Must Be Dreaming"
45
69
-
-
22
-
"Midnight Flyer" /
"Sweet Bird of Youth"
51
96
12
-
23
-
1960 "Time and the River" /
"Whatcha' Gonna Do"
30
92
27
15
23
-
"My Love" 47 12 -
"That's You" - - 10
"Just as Much as Ever" - - 18
"The Christmas Song" (reissue of 1954 version) 80 - -
"If I Knew" 86 - -
1961 "Take a Fool's Advice" 71 - -
"The World In My Arms" - - 36
"Let True Love Begin" 73 - 29
1962 "Brazilian Love Song" - - 34
"The Right Thing To Say" - - 42
"Let There Be Love" - - 11
"Ramblin' Rose" 2 7 5
"Dear Lonely Hearts" 13 15 37
"The Christmas Song" (third version) 65 - -
1963 "All Over The World" /
"Nothing Goes Up (Without Coming Down)"
42
87
-
-
-
-
"Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer" 6 11 -
"That Sunday, That Summer" /
"Mr Wishing Well"
12
92
19
-
-
1964 "My True Carrie, Love" 49 n/a -
"I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore" /
"People"
22
100
n/a -
"I Don't Want To See Tomorrow" /
"L-O-V-E"
34
81
n/a -
1966 "Let Me Tell You, Babe" 90 - -
1987 "When I Fall In Love" (reissue) - - 4
1991 "Unforgettable" (with Natalie Cole) 14 10 19
"The Christmas Song" (reissue) - - 69
1994 "Let's Face the Music and Dance" - - 30

Holiday 100 chart entries[edit]

Since many radio stations in the US adopt a format change to Christmas music each December, many holiday hits have an annual spike in popularity during the last few weeks of the year and are retired once the season is over.[5] In December 2011, Billboard began a Holiday Songs chart with 50 positions that monitors the last five weeks of each year to "rank the top holiday hits of all eras using the same methodology as the Hot 100, blending streaming, airplay, and sales data",[6] and in 2013 the number of positions on the chart was doubled, resulting in the Holiday 100.[7] A handful of Cole recordings have made appearances on the Holiday 100 and are noted below according to the holiday season in which they charted there.

Title Holiday season peak chart positions
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
"The Christmas Song" 3[8] 3[9] 2[10] 4[11] 3[12] 5[13] 3[14] 5[15]
"Caroling, Caroling" 79[16]
"Little Christmas Tree" 57[17]
"O Come All Ye Faithful" 43[15]
"Deck the Halls" 52[15]
"Joy to the World" 91[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1994). Joel Whitburn's Pop Hits, 1940-1954. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 31. ISBN 0-89820-106-3.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 68. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 88. ISBN 0-89820-115-2.
  4. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 161-162. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  5. ^ Judkis, Maura (2015-12-22). "Jingle bell rock: Why lots of radio stations go all-Christmas in December". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Andy Williams Hits New High, The Ronettes 'Ride' Back After 52 Years & More Hot 100 Chart Moves". billboard.com. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Carey Brings Back 'Christmas'". Billboard. 2013-12-14. p. 115.
  8. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 24, 2011". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 8, 2012". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of January 4, 2014". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 20, 2014". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 12, 2015". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 10, 2016". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 16, 2017". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d "Holiday 100: The week of January 5, 2019". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 13, 2014". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Holiday 100: The week of December 19, 2015". billboard.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  • "Both Sides Now" discographies at bsnpubs.com
  • Friedwald, Will (2006). Liner notes. In Cole, Nat King. Stardust: The Complete Capitol Recordings 1955–1959. Bear Family Records.
  • Friedwald, Will (2006). Liner notes. In Cole, Nat King. L-O-V-E: The Complete Capitol Recordings 1960–1964. Bear Family Records.