The Jazz 100

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

SongArtist
1.Take FiveDave Brubeck
2.So WhatMiles Davis
3.Take The A TrainDuke Ellington
4.Round MidnightThelonious Monk
5.My Favorite ThingsJohn Coltrane
6.A Love Supreme (Acknowledgment)John Coltrane
7.All BluesMiles Davis
8.BirdlandWeather Report
9.The Girl From IpanemaStan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
10.Sing, Sing, SingBenny Goodman
11.Strange FruitBillie Holiday
12.A Night in TunisiaDizzy Gillespie
13.Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
14.Blue Rondo a la TurkDave Brubeck
15.Goodbye Pork Pie HatCharles Mingus
16.Stolen MomentsOliver Nelson
17.West End BluesLouis Armstrong
18.God Bless The ChildBillie Holiday
19.Cantaloupe IslandHerbie Hancock
20.My Funny ValentineChet Baker
21.Body And SoulColeman Hawkins
22.Song For My FatherHorace Silver
23.SpainChick Corea
24.Blue In GreenMiles Davis
25.NaimaJohn Coltrane
26.Flamenco SketchesMiles Davis
27.Waltz For DebbyBill Evans
28.Autumn LeavesCannonball Adderley
29.St. ThomasSonny Rollins
30.Mercy, Mercy, MercyCannonball Adderley
31.What A Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
32.Lush LifeJohn Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
33.Blue TrainJohn Coltrane
34.PoincianaAhmad Jamal
35.In a Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington & John Coltrane
36.Freddie FreeloaderMiles Davis
37.SummertimeElla Fitzgerald
38.Watermelon ManHerbie Hancock
39.Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillespie
40.Moanin'Art Blakey
41.Straight, No ChaserThelonious Monk
42.Good Morning HeartacheBillie Holiday
43.Mack the KnifeElla Fitzgerald
44.In the MoodGlenn Miller
45.DesafinadoStan Getz
46.Cast Your Fate To The WindVince Guaraldi
47.Rhapsody in BlueGeorge Gershwin
48.Blue MonkThelonious Monk
49.CaravanDuke Ellington
50.SidewinderLee Morgan
51.DjangoModern Jazz Quartet
52.Compared To WhatLes McCann
53.Red ClayFreddie Hubbard
54.Ruby, My DearThelonious Monk
55.April in ParisCount Basie
56.Bitches BrewMiles Davis
57.TwistedLambert, Hendricks & Ross
58.Maiden VoyageHerbie Hancock
59.Mood IndigoDuke Ellington
60.St. Louis BluesLouis Armstrong
61.MantecaDizzy Gillespie
62.How High The MoonElla Fitzgerald
63.At LastEtta James
64.FeverPeggy Lee
65.Satin DollDuke Ellington
66.Someday My Prince Will ComeMiles Davis
67.Autumn in New YorkBillie Holiday
68.EpistrophyThelonious Monk
69.I Loves You PorgyNina Simone
70.It Don't Mean A ThingDuke Ellington
71.KokoCharlie Parker
72.MilestonesMiles Davis
73.MisteriosoThelonious Monk
74.NuagesDjango Reinhardt
75.Struttin' with Some BBQLouis Armstrong
76.The In CrowdRamsey Lewis
77.Ain't MisbehavinFats Waller
78.Bye Bye BlackbirdJohn Coltrane
79.On Green Dolphin StreetMiles Davis
80.Linus and LucyVince Guaraldi
81.Georgia on My MindRay Charles
82.Joy SpringClifford Brown & Max Roach
83.One O'Clock Jump Count Basie
84.Potato Head BluesLouis Armstrong
85.Bumpin’ (On Sunset)Wes Montgomery
86.Feeling GoodNina Simone
87.MistyErrol Garner
88.Moody's Mood For LoveJames Moody
89.StardustLouis Armstrong
90.Yardbird SuiteCharlie Parker
91.Diminuendo & Crescendo in BlueDuke Ellington
92.Donna LeeCharlie Parker
93.Water BoyDon Shirley
94.OrnithologyCharlie Parker
95.Begin the BeguineArtie Shaw
96.CeoraLee Morgan
97.Sophisticated LadyDuke Ellington
98.SugarStanley Turrentine
99.FootprintsWayne Shorter
100.Four on SixWes Montgomery
If there was one theme we noticed while sorting through the 1,500 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 entire Jazz 100 as a Spotify playlist.

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