Top 10 Best Jazz Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Take Five - Dave Brubeck

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.

This is the best jazz song ever by miles...

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

Beautiful...

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2 What 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.

This is just great, with an amazing message "They're really saying/I love you" "What a wonderful World." And Armstrong is a wonderful singer/musician. My grandfather saw him perform this live. Though for the beginning of my life I was sure he was the space guy...

It is really a nice song, I have just begun to listen to jazz and came across this, it is soothing to ears, and sounds like a vintage classic.

Just awesome song

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3 Acknowledgment - 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.

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

This song makes my chops hurt just by listening to it! Maynard Ferguson is one of the best trumpet players! - Phillip873

I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH!

Also Bueno.

7 Strange Fruit - Nina Simone

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

8 Sing, 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.

We should have credit for Louis Prima who wrote and preformed it in 1933 - nimamoradi

So much energy. This piece really stands out.

It's just impossible not to dance to this piece of art

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9 So 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.

As a trumpeter, there's no argument here. It's Miles.

Best Ever

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10 Song for My Father - Hermao Feriera

Great piece, but Horace Silver wrote it

This song is very rhythmic also has a great melody. Gets my vote

My favorite piece. That's it.

The Contenders

11 The National Anthem - Radiohead

What this is jazz? I came here because I've been wanting to get more into jazz. Great song, but I feel like while it's jazzy at parts, its overall genre would be more akin to experimental rock. - chevygolderado

Bass rock, psychedelic and jazz if you ask me. Yes, not jazz only but as a whole builds up with jazz music and a jazzy feel. Both the calm kind to the more stressful kind. Another jazz tune by them is Life In A Glass House and Pyramid Song (Egyptian Song) is inspired by the works of none other than Charles Mingus and his song Freedom.

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

EVERYTHING IS JAZZ!

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12 You 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

Dead but not forgotton RIP amy she was too young to die a

Simply GREAT!

13 My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland
14 Feeling Good - Nina Simone

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

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

One of the best Songs ever

15 O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd;
16 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
17 I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan
18 Blue in Green - Miles Davis

This is so beautiful. - Britgirl

19 Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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

20 It Ain't Necessarily So - Oscar Peterson
21 Moonglow - Benny Goodman
22 Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
23 Goin' to Chicago - Jimmy Witherspoon
24 Hymn to Freedom - Oscar Peterson
25 Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams
26 Moondance - Van Morrison

Awesome

27 I Only Have Eyes for You - Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr., does great work with vintage music; he's only the latest in a long line of great performers covering this beautiful song. "I Only Have Eyes for You" is a popular romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written in 1934 for the film DAMES where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. According to Billboard magazine, the song was a #2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934. It was used the following year in the film, THE WOMAN IN RED, produced by Warner Bros., starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gene Raymond. It was also used in the 1950 film TEA FOR TWO, where it was sung by Gordon MacRae. It was also used in the 1980 musical 42ND STREET. The song was recorded in 1945 by Frank Sinatra, in 1947 by Peggy Lee, and in 1959 by the Flamingos, becoming one of their most popular hits. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Flamingos' version #157 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 ...more

28 Since I Fell for You - Gladys Knight
29 Sooner 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.

30 Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra

ITS FLY WITH ME DOOMBASS. Emphasis on the wrong syllable if you know what I mean.

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31 In the Mood - Glenn Miller

An all time Jazz classic, and true masterpiece!

Nostalgic and wonderful low dance music

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32 In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane & Duke Ellington

Too flawless to be this low

33 The Look of Love - Diana Krall

Wonderful interpretation of a sultry, rich voiced artist.

34 L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
35 Don't Know Why - Norah Jones

This song is stuck in my head

36 Nothin' But Love - Boney James
37 The Creator Has a Master Plan - Pharoah Sanders

Love this song!

38 Change of the Guard - Kamasi Washington
39 Hat and Beard - Eric Dolphy

It has such a dark, rich feel to it. I love it. Eric Dolphy was a phenomenal player!

40 Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
41 Goodnite - Melody Gardot
42 Moment's Notice - John Coltrane

A great saxaphone piece. its fast pace, very dynamic, sharp, and an overall masterpiece. listen to it on Playlist.com if you don't believe me - fireinside96

43 Feeling Good - Michael Buble

Playing in marching band for my eighth grade year 🎷💙

44 Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck
45 Moanin' - Charles Mingus

Who wrote this list funny Moanin' way down here - nimamoradi

46 Give Me the Night - George Benson

Great song -pop with jazz chords and solo

47 Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie
48 Flight of the Foo Birds - Count Basie
49 Life in a Glasshouse - Radiohead
50 Strasbourg/St. Denis - Roy Hargrove Quintet
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1. Blue in Green - Miles Davis
2. The National Anthem - Radiohead
3. Take Five - Dave Brubeck
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1. Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
2. O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd;
3. I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan
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1. Take Five - Dave Brubeck
2. Acknowledgment - John Coltrane Quartet
3. My Favorite Things - Dave Brubeck
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