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Released: June 11, 1991

Rating: 4.406 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: rock > traditional pop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Very Thought of You
  2. It’s Only a Paper Moon
  3. Route 66
  4. Mona Lisa
  5. L-O-V-E
  6. This Can’t Be Love
  7. Smile
  8. Lush Life
  9. That Sunday, That Summer
  10. Orange Colored Sky
  11. Medley: For Sentimental Reasons/ Tenderly/ Autumn Leaves
  12. Straighten Up and Fly Right
  13. Avalon
  14. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  15. Too Young
  16. Nature Boy
  17. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
  18. Almost Like Being in Love
  19. Thou Swell
  20. Non Dimenticar
  21. Love Is Here to Stay
  22. Unforgettable [with Nat “King” Cole]


sales in U.S. only 7 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 5
peak on U.K. album chart 11

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Unforgettable (6/15/91) #14 US, #19 UK, #10 RB, #3 AC. Sales: ˝ million
  • The Very Thought of You (3/21/92) #71 UK, #34 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, adult contemporary Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

Unforgettable – With Love
Natalie Cole
“A major change of direction for Natalie Cole, Unforgettable found the singer abandoning the type of R&B/pop she’d been recording since 1975 in favor of jazz-influenced pre-rock pop along the lines of Nat King Cole’s music. It was a surprising risk that paid off handsomely – both commercially and artistically. Naysayers who thought that so radical a change would be commercial suicide were proven wrong when the outstanding Unforgettable sold a shocking five million units” (Henderson).

“Quite clearly, this was an album Cole was dying to make. Paying tribute to her late father on Mona Lisa, Nature Boy, Route 66, and other gems that had been major hits for him in the 1940s and early '50s, the 41-year-old Cole sounds more inspired than she had in well over a decade” (Henderson).

“On the title song, overdubbing was used to make it sound as though she were singing a duet with her father – dishonest perhaps, but certainly enjoyable. Thankfully, standards and pre-rock pop turned out to be a primary direction for Cole, who was a baby when the title song became a hit for her father in 1951” (Henderson).

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Last updated November 18, 2008.