The Best Is Yet to Come

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Released August 1964
Recorded June 9, 1964
Genre Traditional pop
Length 3:10
Label Reprise Records
Writer(s) Carolyn Leigh
Composer(s) Cy Coleman
Producer(s) Sonny Burke

“The Best is Yet to Come” is a 1959 song composed by Cy Coleman, with lyrics written by Carolyn Leigh. It is generally associated with Frank Sinatra, who recorded it on his 1964 album It Might as Well Be Swing, accompanied by Count Basie, under the direction of Quincy Jones. It was the last song Sinatra sang in public, on February 25, 1995, and the words “The Best is Yet to Come” are etched on Sinatra’s tombstone. Though Sinatra made it popular, the song was actually written for and introduced by Tony Bennett.

Notable recordings include:

Tony Bennett (I Left My Heart in San Francisco) (1962)
Peggy Lee (Sugar ‘N’ Spice) (1962)
Sarah Vaughan (You’re Mine You) (1962)
Nancy Wilson (Yesterday’s Love Songs/Today’s Blues) (1963)
Frank Sinatra (It Might As Well Be Swing) (1964)
Blossom Dearie (May I Come In?) (1964)
Ella Fitzgerald (The Best Is Yet to Come) (1982)
Diane Schuur (In Tribute) (1992)
James Darren (This One’s from the Heart) (1999)
Lisa Stansfield (Swing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1999)
Andrew Dice Clay (Filth) (1999)
Stacey Kent (The Boy Next Door) (2003)
Chaka Khan (ClassiKhan) (2004)
Tony Bennett and Diana Krall (Duets: An American Classic) (2006)
Matt Dusk (Back in Town) (2006)
Michael Bublé (Call Me Irresponsible) (2007)
Sophie Milman (Take Love Easy) (2009) (feat. Michael Kaeshammer)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (Please Return the Evening) (2014)
Bob Dylan (Triplicate) (2017)