Top 10 Best Jazz Songs


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1Take Five - Dave Brubeck

It's got a memorable piano riff, an excellent drum solo and an all around relaxing vibe to it. I love it. - ArchAces

This was a defining song, it was the first time a white person had created a successful jazz song.It issued the style of modern Jazz, Paul Desmond's solo is a catchy but skilful masterpiece in a 5/4 format and not to mention the cheekiness of Dave out weighs everything.

The most important jazz composition of all time; technically and for content. A blessing.

Silly little beat on this.

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2What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

This is a beautiful, really really beautiful song. Just listening to it makes me so happy and if you search the video on YouTube Louis Armstrong also sings it so beautifully, smiling the whole time. Beautiful Lyrics, great, soulful singer.

I like this song, but it isn't a jazz song, it's a traditional pop song

It just makes you feel good. So lovely

Love the voice, love the song.

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3Acknowledgment - John Coltrane Quartet

Just the best one. What a wonderful world is beautiful, but is not jazz, is pop. - dibildox912

This has got to be one of the best songs ever recorded. It's just do beautiful and expressive. Trane was so beautiful.

4My Favorite Things - Dave Brubeck
5All Blues - Kenny Burrell
6Birdland - Maynard Ferguson

This song has a great bass riff, excellent solos on multiple instruments and a very memorable 'chorus.' It's an enjoyable listen and Ferguson's outstanding trumpet playing makes it all the more so.

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7Strange Fruit - Nina Simone

One of the best voices forgotten today. Real diva of blues/jazz when the word "Diva" meant something

8Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

It is impossible to hear this song without wanting to get up and dance. The thump of the drums, the edge of the brass, and the melodic sound of the saxophones come together beautifully in this instantly recognizable piece.

Played this in jazz band, awesome song.

Name one bad thing about this piece.

Got nothing?

Well, get up and dance, darnit.

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9Song for My Father - Hermao Feriera
10So What - Miles Davis

A classic from a classic album. This song is new every time I listen to it. It is not the only song from 'Kind of Blue' that should be on the list but it is my favorite. This song, and the album it is on, influenced multiple jazz, pop, and rock musicians. - mgenet

After you listen to this song you can't help but be more knowledgeable about music.

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The Newcomers

?Hay Burner - Count Basie and His Orchestra

The Contenders

11Feeling Good - Nina Simone

Very smooth; very sexy; very soulful and VERY Nina Simone. - Britgirl

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

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12You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse

Masterpiece from Winehouse! Missed her so much :(

Died too young with such talent and great voice. Love it when they redo oldies

13My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland
14Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Nice and short, with a great trumpet solo and piano introduction!

15Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams
16Since I Fell for You - Gladys Knight
17Moondance - Van Morrison
18The National Anthem - Radiohead

A variational song that can make you feel, calm, cool, happy, sad, angry and stressful. Yes all in one

Starts slow, then upbeat and then irritating. A mix of drums, electric guitar and a trumpet later on. A more calmer one is Life In A Glass House

What can I say about the most innovative and creative songwriter thom yorke, a genius and this tune proves it.

Calm, stressful, rocking, swinging

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19I Only Have Eyes for You - Harry Connick, Jr.
20Sooner or Later - Madonna

Seriously?! Since when was Madonna and radiohead Jazz? This is the most idiotic jazz list I've ever seen. Where the hell is metheny, mehldau, monk, corea, Davis, Coltrane, Evans, etc? This is incredibly stupid.

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