Top 10 Best Jazz Songs

The Top Ten

1 Take Five - Dave Brubeck

One of my favorite songs to sing! Al Jarreau's 8+ minute version of it is the Art of Improvisation at its finest!

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...

All has been said, but personally I just get lost in the solo wishing it would never end.

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.

I love this song it is Wonderful It needs to be in first but 2nd is fine with me

3 Acknowledgment - John Coltrane Quartet

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

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

Came to see this one in the top 3. I was not disappointed.


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.

So much energy. This piece really stands out.

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

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

5 My Favorite Things - Dave Brubeck

it is ok

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

Weather report version is better, but still amazing jazz song.

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.

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

10 Freddie Freeloader - Miles Davis

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

12 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.

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.

I love this song.

13 Bags' Groove - Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson & Ray Brown
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

15 The Apartment - Duncan Lamont
16 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!

17 Feeling Good - Nina Simone

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

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

One of the best Songs ever

The only jazz song I know of

18 Cascades - Oliver Nelson
19 My Funny Valentine - Marian McPartland
20 O Pato - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd;
21 Let the Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
22 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.

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

23 I Know What You're Putting Down - Louis Jordan
24 Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
25 Take the A Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet

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

26 It Ain't Necessarily So - Oscar Peterson
27 Moonglow - Benny Goodman
28 Mr. Bojangles - Robbie Williams

I love this song

29 Hymn to Freedom - Oscar Peterson

Greatest jazz song by the greatest pianist ever.

30 Ain't Nobody's Business - Jimmy Witherspoon
31 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
32 Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra

I used to listen to this song as a child and I have always loved jazz music, well anything that's soft, slow and sweet.

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.

It’s hard to explain exactly what makes a song likable. There are simply too many factors. However, I can at a minimum put down 2 reasons for this song. 1) The lyrics are nice. Simple, and pleasing to hear. 2) The song is fun to sing. I take voice lessons, and my teacher suggested that I learn this song. Before, I had only done easy pop song. This one was more of a challenge, but so much more interesting to learn (please note that I am not shaming the pop genre. They are fun to listen to, but in my current personal opinion jazz is greater for singing). This is why I voted for this song. I’d also like to note that I voted for Birdland, too!

Like this very well

33 Goin' to Chicago - Jimmy Witherspoon

Love this.

34 Moondance - Van Morrison

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


35 Blue in Green - Miles Davis

This is so beautiful.

36 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

37 Since I Fell for You - Gladys Knight
38 In the Mood - Glenn Miller

An all time Jazz classic, and true masterpiece!

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

Nostalgic and wonderful low dance music

By far the best. he is such a legend.

39 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.

40 In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane & Duke Ellington

Too flawless to be this low


41 The Look of Love - Diana Krall

Wonderful interpretation of a sultry, rich voiced artist.

I just love this song

42 Don't Know Why - Norah Jones

This song is stuck in my head

43 Strasbourg/St. Denis - Roy Hargrove Quintet

...hybrid form of jazz and crossover music suitable for group listening and fun banter... That, by the way, is the way it was presented by Roy before onset. It is a marvelously happy room warmer.

Great song, it requires an excellent pianist to acquire its full beauty

44 L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
45 Blue Rondo a la Turk - Dave Brubeck
46 Nothin' But Love - Boney James
47 Goodnite - Melody Gardot
48 Life in a Glasshouse - Radiohead
49 Moanin' - Charles Mingus

Who wrote this list funny Moanin' way down here

50 Change of the Guard - Kamasi Washington
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