The Jazz 100

Thousands of Jazz24 listeners voted for the songs they felt were the 100 best jazz songs of all time.

You can listen to these and much more of world’s best jazz songs on Jazz24.

Song Artist
1. Take Five Dave
Brubeck
2. So What Miles Davis
3. Take The A Train Duke Ellington
4. Round Midnight Thelonious Monk
5. My Favorite Things John Coltrane
6. A Love Supreme
(Acknowledgment)
John Coltrane
7. All Blues Miles Davis
8. Birdland Weather Report
9. The Girl From
Ipanema
Stan Getz &
Astrud Gilberto
10. Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
11. Strange Fruit Billie Holiday
12. A Night in Tunisia Dizzy Gillespie
13. Giant Steps John Coltrane
14. Blue Rondo a la Turk Dave Brubeck
15. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Charles Mingus
16. Stolen Moments Oliver Nelson
17. West End Blues Louis Armstrong
18. God Bless The Child Billie Holiday
19. Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock
20. My Funny Valentine Chet Baker
21. Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins
22. Song For My Father Horace Silver
23. Spain Chick Corea
24. Blue In Green Miles Davis
25. Naima John Coltrane
26. Flamenco Sketches Miles Davis
27. Waltz For Debby Bill Evans
28. Autumn Leaves Cannonball
Adderley
29. St. Thomas Sonny Rollins
30. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball
Adderley
31. What A Wonderful
World
Louis Armstrong
32. Lush Life John
Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
33. Blue Train John Coltrane
34. Poinciana Ahmad Jamal
35. In a Sentimental
Mood
Duke Ellington
& John Coltrane
36. Freddie Freeloader Miles Davis
37. Summertime Ella Fitzgerald
38. Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
39. Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie
40. Moanin’ Art Blakey
41. Straight, No Chaser Thelonious Monk
42. Good Morning
Heartache
Billie Holiday
43. Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald
44. In the Mood Glenn Miller
45. Desafinado Stan Getz
46. Cast Your Fate To
The Wind
Vince Guaraldi
47. Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
48. Blue Monk Thelonious Monk
49. Caravan Duke Ellington
50. Sidewinder Lee Morgan
51. Django Modern Jazz
Quartet
52. Compared To What Les McCann
53. Red Clay Freddie Hubbard
54. Ruby, My Dear Thelonious Monk
55. April in Paris Count Basie
56. Bitches Brew Miles Davis
57. Twisted Lambert,
Hendricks & Ross
58. Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock
59. Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
60. St. Louis Blues Louis Armstrong
61. Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
62. How High The Moon Ella Fitzgerald
63. At Last Etta James
64. Fever Peggy Lee
65. Satin Doll Duke Ellington
66. Someday My Prince
Will Come
Miles Davis
67. Autumn in New York Billie Holiday
68. Epistrophy Thelonious Monk
69. I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
70. It Don’t Mean A
Thing
Duke Ellington
71. Koko Charlie Parker
72. Milestones Miles Davis
73. Misterioso Thelonious Monk
74. Nuages Django
Reinhardt
75. Struttin’ with Some
BBQ
Louis Armstrong
76. The In Crowd Ramsey Lewis
77. Ain’t Misbehavin Fats Waller
78. Bye Bye Blackbird John Coltrane
79. On Green Dolphin
Street
Miles Davis
80. Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi
81. Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles
82. Joy Spring Clifford Brown
& Max Roach
83. One O’Clock
Jump 
Count Basie
84. Potato Head Blues Louis Armstrong
85. Bumpin’ (On Sunset) Wes Montgomery
86. Feeling Good Nina Simone
87. Misty Errol Garner
88. Moody’s Mood For
Love
James Moody
89. Stardust Louis Armstrong
90. Yardbird Suite Charlie Parker
91. Diminuendo &
Crescendo in Blue
Duke Ellington
92. Donna Lee Charlie Parker
93. Water Boy Don Shirley
94. Ornithology Charlie Parker
95. Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw
96. Ceora Lee Morgan
97. Sophisticated Lady Duke Ellington
98. Sugar Stanley
Turrentine
99. Footprints Wayne Shorter
100. Four on Six Wes Montgomery

What we learned from your votes for the best jazz songs of all time

100 Best Jazz Songs

If there was one theme we noticed while sorting through the thousands of nominations, it was that time does not take its toll on great music. “Take Five,” which was the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies, was the undisputed top choice, while Miles Davis’ “So What” (which was coincidentally recorded in the same year, 1959) was the clear No. 2.

With a few exceptions, it appeared that when listeners looked to jazz vocalists, they preferred female artists that tugged at the heartstrings, while in most cases those who preferred instrumentalists enjoyed swinging, memorable mid- to up-tempo hits.

In large part, voters also seemed to focus on songs from the one or two most popular albums of a particular artist. That is, with the exception of John Coltrane. Coltrane fans still seem very divided on what qualifies as his best work, and the diversity of his catalog is evident in this list.

Thanks to one of our listeners, you can also listen to the 100 best jazz songs as a Spotify playlist.

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