The 150 Best Jazz Songs Of All Time

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Jazz knows no boundaries. The range of what we call jazz is quite wide. Meanwhile, every jazz era has an iconic selection. In our playlist, you can find the most successful jazz songs from all decades.

We have compiled a total of 150 songs for you.

The jazz songs that followed were not just thrown together quickly. One song at a time, minute by minute, hour by hour, the tunes were added to the playlist. The list was revised many times. Narrowing jazz down to the top 150 songs is no easy task.

You’re bound to miss some popular songs, but 150 slots are quickly used up.

In the early 1900’s Kid Ory and Louis Armstrong were the absolute stars in the music scene. The songs were already iconic at that time. It was the performances that made them iconic jazz tunes.

Later musicians became composers and their tunes became iconic standards.

The song “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck was recorded in 1959 and was the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies. “So What” by Miles Davis happened to be recorded in the same year and is still one of the most popular jazz songs of all time.

The following playlist is not only something for “purists. Artists not traditionally considered jazz artists are also represented here. Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa, usually found in the rock-n’-roll genre, have made important contributions to the genre and are therefore rightfully included in our list.

Their songs exude the same creativity, passion, and inventiveness that made Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and John Coltrane icons.

Here now is the compilation of the Top 150 Jazz Songs of all time.

(You’ll find a Spotify playlist at the end of this article.)

Top 150 jazz songs of all time:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

№: Song: Performer: Listen:
1. Take The A Train Duke Ellington
2. Ain’t Misbehavin Fats Waller
3. Tones for Elvin Jones John McLaughlin
4. In a Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
5. So What Miles Davis
6. The Girl From Ipanema Getz/Gilberto
7. I Loves You Porgy Nina Simone
8. Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
9. Alone Together Grant Green
10. Summertime Ella Fitzgerald
11. Lazy River Pete Fountain
12. My Favorite Things John Coltrane
13. Epistrophy Thelonious Monk
14. Stratus Billy Cobham
15. Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
16. Birdland Weather Report
17. St. Louis Blues W.C. Handy
18. Lonely Woman Ornette Coleman
19. Psalm John Coltrane
20. Take Five Dave Brubeck
21. Room 335 Larry Carlton
22. Icarus Winter Consort
23. Resolution John Coltrane
24. Places and Spaces Donald Byrd
25. Jelly Roll Blues Jelly Roll Morton
26. Acknowledgment John Coltrane
27. Poinciana Ahmad Jamal
28. How High The Moon Ella Fitzgerald
29. Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus Sun Ra and his Arkestra
30. Fables of Faubus Charles Mingus
31. Freddie Freeloader Miles Davis
32. The Perfect Man Sun Ra and his Arkestra
33. In N’ Out Joe Henderson
34. A Love Supreme John Coltrane
35. Bemsha Swing Thelonious Monk
36. Strange Fruit Billie Holiday
37. Blue Train John Coltrane
38. Right Off Miles Davis
39. Three Views of a Secret Jaco Pastorius
40. Tipitina Professor Longhair
41. Bye Bye Blackbird John Coltrane
42. All Blues Miles Davis
43. Moon Tune Bob James/David Sanborn
44. Salt Peanuts Dizzy Gillespie
45. Miles Beyond Mahavishnu Orchestra
46. Manteca Dizzy Gillespie
47. Hello, Dolly Louis Armstrong
48. Django Modern Jazz Quartet
49. Dolphin Dance Herbie Hancock
50. Lush Life John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
51. Straight, No Chaser Thelonious Monk
52. Breakfast Feud Charlie Christian
53. A Long Drink of the Blues Jackie McLean
54. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball Adderley
55. Compared To What Les McCann
56. (They call me) Dr. Professor Longhair Professor Longhair
57. Eternal Child Chick Corea’s Elektric Band
58. Moanin’ Art Blakey
59. Chasin’ the Bird Charlie Parker
60. In a Silent Way Miles Davis
61. Twisted Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
62. Naguine Django Reinhardt
63. Sun Goddess Ramsey Lewis
64. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat Charles Mingus
65. Willow Weep for Me Wes Montgomery
66. Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Return to Forever
67. Giant Steps John Coltrane
68. School Days Stanley Clarke
69. Body & Soul Coleman Hawkins
70. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
71. Chameleon Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters
72. At Last Etta James
73. God Bless the Child Billie Holiday
74. Mister Magic Grover Washington, Jr.
75. Cover Girl Larry Coryell
76. Stolen Moment Oliver Nelson
77. It Might as Well be Spring Sarah Vaughan
78. Good Morning Heartache Billie Holiday
79. Straight Life Freddie Hubbard
80. Mood Indigo Duke Ellington
81. Bitches Brew Miles Davis
82. Captain Fingers Lee Ritenour
83. Autumn in New York Billie Holiday
84. Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers Jeff Beck
85. Fever Peggy Lee
86. The Creator Has a Master Plan Pharoah Sanders
87. West End Blues Louis Armstrong
88. Hog Callin’ Blues Charles Mingus
89. My Funny Valentine Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker
90. April in Paris Count Basie
91. Portrait of Tracy Jaco Pastorius
92. Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald
93. It Don’t Mean A Thing Duke Ellington
94. My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now Dirty Dozen Brass Band
95. Cantaloupe Island Herbie Hancock
96. Science Funktion Donald Byrd
97. Someday My Prince Will Come Miles Davis
98. Tea for Two Art Tatum
99. Potato Head Blues Louis Armstrong
100. Sidewinder Lee Morgan
101. Maiden Voyage Herbie Hancock
102. Body And Soul Coleman Hawkins
103. Race with Devil on Spanish Highway Al DiMeola
104. Blue in Green Miles Davis
105. In the Mood Glenn Miller
106. Volunteered Slavery Rahsaan Roland Kirk
107. Song For My Father Horace Silver
108. Blue Rondo A La Turk Dave Brubeck
109. St. Thomas Sonny Rollins
110. Chitlins Con Carne Kenny Burrell
111. Moritat Sonny Rollins
112. A Remark You Made Weather Report
113. Desafinado Stan Getz
114. Misterioso Thelonious Monk
115. One o’Clock Jump Count Basie
116. The In Crowd Ramsey Lewis
117. A Night in Tunisia Sonny Rollins
118. Autumn Leaves Cannonball Adderley
119. Bright Size Life Pat Metheny
120. Spain Chick Corea
121. Son of Mr. Green Genes Frank Zappa
122. Black Satin Miles Davis
123. Hamp’s Hump Galactic
124. Cast Your Fate To The Wind Vince Guaraldi
125. Bumpin’ on Sunset Wes Montgomery
126. Waltz For Debby Bill Evans
127. Pursuance John Coltrane
128. Big Chief Professor Longhair
129. Just the Two of Us Grover Washington, Jr.
130. Ruby, My Dear Thelonious Monk
131. Round Midnight Thelonious Monk
132. Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
133. Milestones Miles Davis
134. Naima John Coltrane
135. Anonymous Skulls Medeski, Martin & Wood
136. Struttin’ with Some BBQ Louis Armstrong
137. Minnie the Moocher Cab Calloway
138. On Green Dolphin Street Miles Davis
139. Satin Doll Duke Ellington
140. Linus and Lucy Vince Guaraldi
141. Aerial Boundaries Michael Hedges
142. Nuages Django Reinhardt
143. Back at the Chicken Shack Jimmy Smith
144. Blue Monk Thelonious Monk
145. The Hong Kong Incident Jing Chi
146. Koko Charlie Parker
147. Red Clay Freddie Hubbard
148. Flamenco Sketches Miles Davis
149. Speak no Evil Wayne Shorter
150. Caravan Duke Ellington

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