Top 10 Best Jazz Songs


The Top Ten

1 Take Five - Dave Brubeck

Best song ever

Love it.

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.


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2 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Stunning song that makes me feel happy.

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.

His raspy voice makes the song even more beautiful...

A very happy song for a not very happy world..

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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.

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4 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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5 My Favorite Things - Dave Brubeck

it is ok

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6 Caravan - Whiplash UListen to Sample
7 All Blues - Kenny Burrell UListen to Sample
8 Lazy Sunday - Duncan Lamont UListen to Sample
9 Birdland - Maynard Ferguson

I've played this piece many times before and the trumpet solo is utter genius. Though it might not sound that way when I play it. I'll try not to ruin it

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

Also Bueno.

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10 So What - Miles Davis

This song makes sence. Or what I mean is that it's good.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Strange Fruit - Nina Simone

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

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12 Freddie Freeloader - Miles Davis UListen to Sample
13 Bags' Groove - Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson & Ray Brown UListen to Sample
14 Song for My Father - Hermao Feriera

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

My favorite piece. That's it.

Great piece, but Horace Silver wrote it

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15 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!

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16 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

Calm, stressful, rocking, swinging

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17 Feeling Good - Nina Simone

The only jazz song I know of

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

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

One of the best Songs ever

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18 The Apartment - Duncan Lamont UListen to Sample
19 My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland UListen to Sample
20 O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd; UListen to Sample
21 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan UListen to Sample
22 I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan UListen to Sample
23 Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway UListen to Sample
24 Blue in Green - Miles Davis

This is so beautiful. - Britgirl

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25 Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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

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26 Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams

I love this song

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27 It Ain't Necessarily So - Oscar Peterson UListen to Sample
28 Moonglow - Benny Goodman UListen to Sample
29 Hymn to Freedom - Oscar Peterson

Greatest jazz song by the greatest pianist ever.

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30 Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon UListen to Sample
31 Goin' to Chicago - Jimmy Witherspoon UListen to Sample
32 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin UListen to Sample
33 Moondance - Van Morrison

I love this song! Morrisons piano work and the diversity of instruments are amazing. A+ to that sax solo to!


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34 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

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35 Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra

It is actually Fly Me to the Moon, officially in jazz repetoire. Your comment shows you as arrogant and pompous. Please refrain from behaving like a rude chav.

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

Like this very well

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

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36 Since I Fell for You - Gladys Knight UListen to Sample
37 In the Mood - Glenn Miller

This is so lovely. It's happy and upbeat. What's not to love? - Britgirl

An all time Jazz classic, and true masterpiece!

Nostalgic and wonderful low dance music

By far the best. he is such a legend.

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38 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.

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39 In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane & Duke Ellington


Too flawless to be this low

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40 The Look of Love - Diana Krall

I just love this song

Wonderful interpretation of a sultry, rich voiced artist.

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41 Don't Know Why - Norah Jones

This song is stuck in my head

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42 L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole UListen to Sample
43 Strasbourg/St. Denis - Roy Hargrove Quintet
44 Nothin' But Love - Boney James UListen to Sample
45 Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck UListen to Sample
46 Life in a Glasshouse - Radiohead UListen to Sample
47 Change of the Guard - Kamasi Washington UListen to Sample
48 Hat and Beard - Eric Dolphy

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

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49 Herbie Hancock - Chameleon UListen to Sample
50 Goodnite - Melody Gardot UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Blue in Green - Miles Davis
2. The National Anthem - Radiohead
3. Take Five - Dave Brubeck
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
1. Caravan - Whiplash
2. Lazy Sunday - Duncan Lamont
3. Take Five - Dave Brubeck

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