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.

The most magnificient

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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

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.

Amazing

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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

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

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

One of the best Songs ever

Real powerful voice love the lyrics

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
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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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