Top 10 Best Jazz Songs

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The Top Ten

1 Take Five - Dave Brubeck 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.

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

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

Great jazz piece. Paul Desmond

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2 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 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.

Jazz for ignorant people. Great song though. - Dibildox

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3 Acknowledgment - John Coltrane Quartet 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 My Favorite Things - Dave Brubeck
5 All Blues - Kenny Burrell All Blues - Kenny Burrell
6 Birdland - Maynard Ferguson 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.

Also Bueno.

7 Strange Fruit - Nina Simone Strange Fruit - Nina Simone

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

8 So What - Miles Davis 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.

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9 Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra 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.

So much energy. This piece really stands out.

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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10 Song for My Father - Hermao Feriera Song for My Father - Hermao Feriera

Great piece, but Horace Silver wrote it

My favorite piece. That's it.

The Newcomers

? Life in a Glasshouse - Radiohead Life in a Glasshouse - Radiohead
? Moondance - Van Morrison Moondance - Van Morrison

Awesome

The Contenders

11 The National Anthem - Radiohead The National Anthem - Radiohead

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

Calm, stressful, rocking, swinging

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

Was gonna vote for Hatian fight song, but this counts apparently, and it is one of my favorite songs from my favorite band. Sorry, Mingus.

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12 Feeling Good - Nina Simone Feeling Good - Nina Simone

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

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

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13 You Know I'm No Good - Amy Winehouse 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

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14 My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland
15 O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd; O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd;
16 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
17 I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan
18 Blue in Green - Miles Davis Blue in Green - Miles Davis
19 Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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

20 Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams
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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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