Top Jazz Songs

Top Jazz Songs

A list of the top jazz songs have to include classics by Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. But, there are many other musicians out there who have contributed to the popularity of jazz music. In this article, we list out the top jazz songs that have been popular with the listeners.
A music genre that originated sometime in the 20th century in United States, Jazz combines musical influences from both African and European styles of music. Some features that are very intrinsic to Jazz are the use of blue notes, poly-rhythms, syncopation (rhythms that deviate from the regular succession of strong and weak beats), and swung note. Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday are just some of the maestros of jazz who have made it an internationally recognized and loved genre. Today, there is a confluence of various musical styles being played by contemporary artists, and most of them accept the influence of Jazz in their styles. With such a long-standing heritage, it is difficult to choose the top jazz songs of all time. With some of the songs of the 1920s considered to be the harbingers of the popularity of jazz music, it is difficult to make the list all-encompassing. Here is our attempt to list out the top and famous jazz songs of all time.

List of Popular Jazz Songs

Making a list of the best jazz songs can be a Herculean task, with the sheer number of songs that are out there. In this list, we try and restrict ourselves to the 100 most popular jazz songs of all time.
  1. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
  2. It Ain't My Fault - feat. Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz & Trombone Shorty
  3. Feeling Good - Nina Simone
  4. Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra
  5. Just One of Those Things - Jamie Cullum
  6. Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  7. La Vie en Rose (Single) - Louis Armstrong
  8. The Dial Sessions - Charlie Parker
  9. Take Five - Dave Brubeck
  10. Ask the Ages - Sonny Sharrock
  11. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
  12. Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington & Bill Withers
  13. The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
  14. Thelonious Monk - Monk's Music
  15. Somethin' Else - Cannonball Adderly
  16. Don't Stop the Music - Jamie Cullum
  17. How Do You Keep the Music Playing - James Ingram & Patti Austin
  18. Places and Spaces - Donald Byrd
  19. When you're in Love - Horace Silver
  20. Lazy River - Pete Fountain
  21. Till You Come to Me - Spencer Day
  22. Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  23. The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington
  24. In a Sentimental Mood - John Coltrane & Duke Ellington
  25. Count Basie - Atomic Basie
  26. In the Mood - Glen Miller
  27. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out - Jimmy Cox
  28. Wild Women Don't Have the Blues - Ida Cox
  29. Chain Gang Blues - Ma Rainey
  30. Back Water Blues - Bessie Smith
  31. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
  32. Freddie Freeloader - Miles Davis
  33. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  34. Charleston - James P. Johnson
  35. Downhearted Blues - Lovie Austin
  36. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
  37. Gimme a Pigfoot (and a Bottle of Beer) - Bessie Smith
  38. My Feet Can't Fail Me Now - Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  39. Meets the Rhythm Section - Art Pepper
  40. Our Man in Paris - Dexter Gordon
  41. Waltz for Debby - Bill Evans
  42. Eternal Child - Chick Corea's Elektric Band
  43. Out of the Night - Brian Melvin Trio
  44. School Days - Stanley Clarke
  45. Five Hundred Miles High - Stan Getz
  46. Hog Callin' Blues - Charles Mingus
  47. Out of the Cool - Gil Evans
  48. Potato Head Blues - Louis Armstrong
  49. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
  50. Chitlins Con Carne - Kenny Burrell
  51. Chameleon - Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters
  52. The Creator has a Master Plan - Pharaoh Sanders
  53. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie
  54. Mister Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
  55. Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus - Sun Ra and his Arkestra
  56. Moon Tune - Bob James/David Sanborn
  57. Blue Rondo A La Turk - Dave Brubeck
  58. Black Satin - Miles Davis
  59. A Remark You Made - Weather Report
  60. Aerial Boundaries - Michael Hedges
  61. Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
  62. Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway
  63. Room 335 - Larry Carlton
  64. Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk
  65. The Girl From Ipanema - Getz/Gilberto
  66. Speak no Evil - Wayne Shorter
  67. Cause We've Ended as Lovers - Jeff Beck
  68. Tea for Two - Art Tatum
  69. Volunteered Slavery - Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  70. Pharoah's Dance - Miles Davis
  71. A Night in Tunisia - Sonny Rollins
  72. Pursuance - John Coltrane
  73. Cover Girl - Larry Coryell
  74. Willow Weep for Me - Wes Montgomery
  75. A Long Drink of the Blues - Jackie McLean
  76. Three Views of a Secret - Jaco Pastorious
  77. Tones for Elvin Jones - John McLaughlin
  78. Icarus - Winter Consort
  79. Bemsha Swing - Thelonious Monk
  80. My Funny Valentine - Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker
  81. Race with Devil on Spanish Highway - Al DiMeola
  82. Moritat - Sonny Rollins
  83. Son of Mr. Green Genes - Frank Zappa
  84. Big Chief - Professor Longhair
  85. Anonymous Skulls - Medeski, Martin & Wood
  86. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
  87. The Hong Kong Incident - Jing Chi
  88. Hamp's Hump - Galactic
  89. A Year Ago - Kenny G
  90. New York, New York - Liza Minelli
  91. Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
  92. Havana - Kenny G
  93. Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
  94. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
  95. What Cha Gonna Do For Me - Darren Rahn Featuring Wayman Tisdale
  96. Till You Come to Me - Spencer Day
  97. Science Funktion - Donald Byrd
  98. Resolution - John Coltrane
  99. Back at the Chicken Shack - Jimmy Smith
  100. Bumpin' on Sunset - Wes Montgomery
Hopefully, you agree with this subjective list of the most popular jazz songs. In the past few years, jazz music has undergone a tremendous transformation with the growing popularity of punk jazz, jazz-core, and modern creative. However, traditional jazz music still has a lot of faithful followers.
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