The 150 Best Jazz Songs Of All Time

Best Jazz Songs

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

We have compiled a total of 150 songs for you.

The jazz songs that followed were not just thrown together quickly. One song, 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, and it was the performances 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 famous 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 significant 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 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.

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1.Take The A Train Duke Ellington
2.Ain’t MisbehavinFats Waller
3.Tones for Elvin JonesJohn McLaughlin
4.In a Sentimental MoodDuke Ellington & John Coltrane
5.So WhatMiles Davis
6.The Girl From IpanemaGetz/Gilberto
7.I Loves You PorgyNina Simone
8.Watermelon ManHerbie Hancock
9.Alone TogetherGrant Green
10.SummertimeElla Fitzgerald
11.Lazy RiverPete Fountain
12.My Favorite ThingsJohn Coltrane
13.EpistrophyThelonious Monk
14.StratusBilly Cobham
15.Sing, Sing, SingBenny Goodman
16.BirdlandWeather Report
17.St. Louis BluesW.C. Handy
18.Lonely WomanOrnette Coleman
19.Psalm John Coltrane
20.Take FiveDave Brubeck
21.Room 335Larry Carlton
22.IcarusWinter Consort
23.ResolutionJohn Coltrane
24.Places and SpacesDonald Byrd
25.Jelly Roll BluesJelly Roll Morton
26.AcknowledgmentJohn Coltrane
27.PoincianaAhmad Jamal
28.How High The MoonElla Fitzgerald
29.Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet VenusSun Ra and his Arkestra
30.Fables of FaubusCharles Mingus
31.Freddie FreeloaderMiles Davis
32.The Perfect ManSun Ra and his Arkestra
33.In N’ Out Joe Henderson
34.A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane
35.Bemsha SwingThelonious Monk
36.Strange FruitBillie Holiday
37.Blue TrainJohn Coltrane
38.Right OffMiles Davis
39.Three Views of a SecretJaco Pastorius
40.Tipitina Professor Longhair
41.Bye Bye BlackbirdJohn Coltrane
42.All BluesMiles Davis
43.Moon TuneBob James/David Sanborn
44.Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillespie
45.Miles BeyondMahavishnu Orchestra
46.MantecaDizzy Gillespie
47.Hello, DollyLouis Armstrong
48.DjangoModern Jazz Quartet
49.Dolphin DanceHerbie Hancock
50.Lush LifeJohn Coltrane/Johnny Hartman
51.Straight, No ChaserThelonious Monk
52.Breakfast FeudCharlie Christian
53.A Long Drink of the BluesJackie McLean
54.Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Cannonball Adderley
55.Compared To WhatLes McCann
56.(They call me) Dr. Professor LonghairProfessor Longhair
57.Eternal ChildChick Corea’s Elektric Band
58.Moanin’Art Blakey
59.Chasin’ the BirdCharlie Parker
60.In a Silent WayMiles Davis
61.TwistedLambert, Hendricks & Ross
62.NaguineDjango Reinhardt
63.Sun GoddessRamsey Lewis
64.Goodbye Pork Pie HatCharles Mingus
65.Willow Weep for MeWes Montgomery
66.Hymn of the Seventh GalaxyReturn to Forever
67.Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
68.School DaysStanley Clarke
69.Body & SoulColeman Hawkins
70.What A Wonderful WorldLouis Armstrong
71.ChameleonHerbie Hancock and the Headhunters
72.At LastEtta James
73.God Bless the ChildBillie Holiday
74.Mister MagicGrover Washington, Jr.
75.Cover GirlLarry Coryell
76.Stolen MomentOliver Nelson
77.It Might as Well be SpringSarah Vaughan
78.Good Morning HeartacheBillie Holiday
79.Straight LifeFreddie Hubbard
80.Mood IndigoDuke Ellington
81.Bitches BrewMiles Davis
82.Captain FingersLee Ritenour
83.Autumn in New YorkBillie Holiday
84.Cause We’ve Ended as LoversJeff Beck
85.FeverPeggy Lee
86.The Creator Has a Master PlanPharoah Sanders
87.West End BluesLouis Armstrong
88.Hog Callin’ BluesCharles Mingus
89.My Funny ValentineGerry Mulligan/Chet Baker
90.April in ParisCount Basie
91.Portrait of TracyJaco Pastorius
92.Mack the KnifeElla Fitzgerald
93.It Don’t Mean A ThingDuke Ellington
94.My Feet Can’t Fail Me NowDirty Dozen Brass Band
95.Cantaloupe IslandHerbie Hancock
96.Science FunktionDonald Byrd
97.Someday My Prince Will ComeMiles Davis
98.Tea for TwoArt Tatum
99.Potato Head BluesLouis Armstrong
100.SidewinderLee Morgan
101.Maiden VoyageHerbie Hancock
102.Body And SoulColeman Hawkins
103.Race with Devil on Spanish HighwayAl DiMeola
104.Blue in GreenMiles Davis
105.In the MoodGlenn Miller
106.Volunteered SlaveryRahsaan Roland Kirk
107.Song For My FatherHorace Silver
108.Blue Rondo A La TurkDave Brubeck
109.St. ThomasSonny Rollins
110.Chitlins Con CarneKenny Burrell
111.MoritatSonny Rollins
112.A Remark You MadeWeather Report
113.DesafinadoStan Getz
114.MisteriosoThelonious Monk
115.One o’Clock JumpCount Basie
116.The In CrowdRamsey Lewis
117. A Night in TunisiaSonny Rollins
118.Autumn LeavesCannonball Adderley
119.Bright Size LifePat Metheny
120.SpainChick Corea
121.Son of Mr. Green GenesFrank Zappa
122.Black SatinMiles Davis
123.Hamp’s HumpGalactic
124.Cast Your Fate ToThe Wind Vince Guaraldi
125.Bumpin’ on SunsetWes Montgomery
126.Waltz For DebbyBill Evans
127.PursuanceJohn Coltrane
128.Big ChiefProfessor Longhair
129.Just the Two of UsGrover Washington, Jr.
130.Ruby, My DearThelonious Monk
131.Round MidnightThelonious Monk
132.Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
133.MilestonesMiles Davis
134.NaimaJohn Coltrane
135.Anonymous SkullsMedeski, Martin & Wood
136.Struttin’ with Some BBQLouis Armstrong
137.Minnie the MoocherCab Calloway
138.On Green Dolphin StreetMiles Davis
139.Satin DollDuke Ellington
140.Linus and LucyVince Guaraldi
141.Aerial BoundariesMichael Hedges
142.NuagesDjango Reinhardt
143.Back at the Chicken ShackJimmy Smith
144.Blue MonkThelonious Monk
145.The Hong Kong IncidentJing Chi
146.KokoCharlie Parker
147.Red ClayFreddie Hubbard
148.Flamenco SketchesMiles Davis
149.Speak no EvilWayne Shorter
150.CaravanDuke Ellington
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