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100 Greatest Jazz Songs of All Time

Updated on June 30, 2016

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Greatest Jazz Songs of All Time

This is my list of the 100 top jazz songs of all time. Before I go any further, I need to make a couple of things clear:

First, I really love jazz music. It is an important part of my everyday life and I cannot begin to imagine my existence without jazz in it.

However, I am not what you would call a purist. I firmly believe that it can be created by artists not traditionally labeled as jazz artists. For example, as you’ll notice I include a couple of artists that might raise a few eyebrows on my list, artists like Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa, who are usually classified in the rock-n'-roll genre. But the cuts I have selected from them are indeed jazz cuts, brimming with the very same creativity, passion, and inventiveness that made Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and W.C. Handy the icons that they are.

Jazz is a music that knows no limits, no boundaries. Following such logic, I have liberally placed tunes from “avant-garde” artists on this list. I believe that slightly eccentric creators such as Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders are every bit as important to jazz as are Billie Holiday and Dave Brubeck.

This is not a list that was thrown together lightly, either. It was stitched together one song at a time, minute by minute, hour by hour. It was written, re-written, and revised again. Because as much as I love jazz, narrowing it down to just the top 100 songs was almost too limiting a task.

I’m sure there are plenty of worthwhile tracks that I failed to include. I know that when I listen to jazz, just like any other form of music, the songs I decide to play are largely dependent upon my mood at that given time.

Anyway, enough idle chatter. Here is my compilation of the top 100 jazz songs of all time. Enjoy.

1. “So What” – Miles Davis

Miles. Trane. Cannonball. Evans. Chambers. Cobb. The greatest lineup in jazz history. ‘Nuff said.

2. “My Favorite Things” – John Coltrane

This interpretation of the Rodgers/Hammerstein classic tune turned on a whole new audience to the brilliance of John Coltrane. It also offered a glimpse of the path that Trane was about to embark upon.

3. “Take Five” – Dave Brubeck

The first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies. A song everyone, jazz fans or not, have heard. Timeless.

4. “Acknowledgement” – John Coltrane

Trane’s spiritual awakening and the start of his ultimate quest. One of the most powerful, transcendent songs ever. This is true gospel.

5. “Birdland” – Weather Report

An excellent introduction to the late Jaco Pastorious. This tune pushed Weather Report to the forefront of the fusion movement and into the mainstream.

6. “Freddie Freeloader” – Miles Davis

Another stone-cold classic from the best jazz album (Kind of Blue) of all time. Never to be duplicated, this is jazz at its highest form.

7. “Psalm” – John Coltrane

Closes out one of the most important albums ever, regardless of genre, on a plateau others could never hope to scale. Monumental.

8. “Strange Fruit” – Billie Holiday

One of the most chilling and haunting, yet utterly compelling, songs of all time. Lady Day poured her heart, soul, and every fabric of her being into this cut.

9. “Salt Peanuts” – Dizzy Gillespie

If there were a Mount Rushmore of jazz, Dizz would be carved in stone. And this tune would be playing in the background. Go cat, go!

10. “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – Cannonball Adderley

Proving there was life after Miles Davis, Cannonball hooked up with then little-known composer/keyboardist Joe Zainwaul and churned out this soulful masterpiece. Who says jazz ain’t got no soul?

11. “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” – Charles Mingus

One of the cornerstone songs of jazz, from one of its most covered composers. Mingus could do it all. And he influenced them all.

12. “Chameleon” – Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters

Funk. Funky. Funkiest. This cut molded jazz into something different. Something more urban and groovy.

13. “Straight Life” – Freddy Hubbard

After the triumph that was Red Clay, Hubbard proved that he had plenty more left in his trick bag on this 17-minute cut. He swung for the fences and hit a grand-slam with this one.

14. “The Creator Has a Master Plan” – Pharaoah Sanders

Thirty-two-and-a-half minutes of pure, freeform bliss. Enough to induce a deep, fulfilling trance-like state. An under-appreciated artist and song.

15. “Blue in Green” – Miles Davis

More from one of the most incredible pieces of art ever fashioned – Kind of Blue. Miles at his most inventive.

16. “One o’Clock Jump” – Count Basie

Superb joint from one of the masters of swing. Many were the imitators, yet none could touch the magic of Count Basie and His Orchestra. Then or now.

17. “Bumpin’ on Sunset” – Wes Montgomery

The one, the only Wes Montgomery burning up the fretboard without a pick. He set the standard for those who chose to follow.

18. "Naima” – John Coltrane

A powerfully beautiful and tender ballad named for Trane’s then wife. This is where Coltrane started to come into his own, composition-wise. As this one proved the sky was the limit.

19. “Back at the Chicken Shack” – Jimmy Smith

A slice of sweaty Hammond B-3 heaven from the best of the bunch. He created a template that a thousand jam bands would follow 40 years after the fact.

20. “Mister Magic” – Grover Washington, Jr.

Gone way before his time, this cut is a prime example of the way Grover Washington, Jr. could create a wave and ride it all the way to the sunset. Smooth jazz that was anything but smooth.

21. “Giant Steps” – John Coltrane

22. “In a Silent Way” – Miles Davis

23. “Dolphin Dance” – Herbie Hancock

24. “In N’ Out” – Joe Henderson

25. “Resolution” – John Coltrane

26. “Alone Together” – Grant Green

27. “St. Louis Blues” – W.C. Handy

28. “Rocket Number Nine Take off for the Planet Venus” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra

29. “Tipitina” – Professor Longhair

30. “Breakfast Feud” – Charlie Christian

31. “Naguine” – Django Reinhardt

32. “It Might as Well be Spring” – Sarah Vaughan

33. “Captain Fingers” – Lee Ritenour

34. “Science Funktion” – Donald Byrd

35. “Blue Rondo A La Turk” – Dave Brubeck

36. “A Remark You Made” – Weather Report

37. “Black Satin” – Miles Davis

38. “Just the Two of Us” – Grover Washington, Jr.

39. “Minnie the Moocher” – Cab Calloway

40. “Aerial Boundaries” – Michael Hedges

41. “Red Clay” – Freddie Hubbard

42. “Round Midnight” – Thelonious Monk

43. “Bright Size Life” – Pat Metheny

44. “Maiden Voyage” – Herbie Hancock

45. “Portrait of Tracy” – Jaco Pastorious

46. “Mood Indigo” – Duke Ellington

47. “Body & Soul” – Coleman Hawkins

48. “Moanin’” – Art Blakey

49. “Straight, No Chaser” – Thelonious Monk

50. “Right Off” – Miles Davis

51. “Jelly Roll Blues” – Jelly Roll Morton

52. “Stratus” – Billy Cobham

53. “(They call me) Dr. Professor Longhair” – Professor Longhair

54. “Sun Goddess” – Ramsey Lewis

55. “Miles Beyond” – Mahavishnu Orchestra

56. “Fables of Faubus” – Charles Mingus

57. “Room 335” – Larry Carlton

58. “Epistrophy” – Thelonious Monk

59. “The Girl From Ipanema” – Getz/Gilberto

60. “Lonely Woman” – Ornette Coleman

61. “The Perfect Man” – Sun Ra and his Arkestra

62. “Hello, Dolly” – Louis Armstrong

63. “Chasin’ the Bird” – Charlie Parker

64. “Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy” – Return to Forever

65. “God Bless the Child” – Billie Holiday

66. “Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” – Jeff Beck

67. “Tea for Two” – Art Tatum

68. “Volunteered Slavery” – Rahsaan Roland Kirk

69. “Pharoah’s Dance” – Miles Davis

70. “A Night in Tunisia” – Sonny Rollins

71. “Pursuance” – John Coltrane

72. “Satin Doll” – Duke Ellington

73. “Speak no Evil” – Wayne Shorter

74. “Chitlins Con Carne” – Kenny Burrell

75. “Potato Head Blues” – Louis Armstrong

76. “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” – Dirty Dozen Brass Band

77. “Cover Girl” – Larry Coryell

78. “Willow Weep for Me” – Wes Montgomery

79. “A Long Drink of the Blues” – Jackie McLean

80. “Three Views of a Secret” – Jaco Pastorious

81. “Places and Spaces” – Donald Byrd

82. “When You’re in Love” – Horace Silver

83. “Lazy River” – Pete Fountain

84. “Tones for Elvin Jones” – John McLaughlin

85. “Icarus” – Winter Consort

86. “Bemsha Swing” – Thelonious Monk

87. “Moon Tune” – Bob James/David Sanborn

88. “Eternal Child” – Chick Corea’s Elektric Band

89. “Out of the Night” – Brian Melvin Trio

90. “School Days” – Stanley Clarke

91. “Five Hundred Miles High” – Stan Getz

92. “Hog Callin’ Blues” – Charles Mingus

93. “My Funny Valentine” – Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker

94. “Race with Devil on Spanish Highway” – Al DiMeola

95. “Moritat” – Sonny Rollins

96. “Son of Mr. Green Genes” – Frank Zappa

97. “Big Chief” – Professor Longhair

98. “Anonymous Skulls” – Medeski, Martin & Wood

99. “The Hong Kong Incident” – Jing Chi

100. “Hamp’s Hump” – Galactic

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      This is such an incredibly comprehensive list that I have to look over it for a while longer before I can REALLY comment, but my first thought is: My goodness! Also like Leon Thomas' version of "The Creator Has a Master Plan"---I absolutely loved his yodeling. One more story: one year my husband and I found a little red metal rocket ship Xmas ornament at Restoration Hdwe. We painted a "#9" on it and hang in on our tree every year!!! I LOVE THIS HUB----I'LL BE BACK!!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Love the list! My list would look somewhat different, but that's jazz! We all have our own favourites.

      Lovely stuff. Thanks

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Jon Green 7 years ago from Frome, Somerset, UK

      Excellent list. It's a personal thing, but i really like a lot of Fats Waller, and Dr John does some great standards too. Nearness of You would be on my list. Cheers, Jon Green

    • Alekhouse 7 years ago

      Great list. I'm a big jazz enthusiast. I love Dave Brubeck. And Take Five is one of my favorites of his. I also like Brandenburg Gate. And I love John Coltrane's Favorite Things. Thanks.

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      acidjazzguitarist 7 years ago from Atlanta/Savannah

      Love your definition of jazz. Comprehensive list you've put together. Great work.

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      illminatus 7 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Thanks for the comment! That list took awhile to compose.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      Good to meet another jazz enthusiast! Reading this list is like a trip down memory lane, particularly with the ragtime numbers. I guess your inclination is somewhat different than because I would include on this list "Gone" by George Benson, "Alice in Wonderland" by Oscar Peterson, "Pacific Sunrise" by Spyro Gyra and "Future Shock" by Herbie Hancock. And shame on you, no Joe Pass or the Brecker Brothers?! Dude! Compiling this list must have caused you some sleepless nights. Keep up the good work. Later!

    • mathew121 7 years ago

      Buddy, you got taste.

      Good stuff

      God bless,

      M

    • Matt 7 years ago

      Good list!! some of my favorite that arent included are: April in Paris (Count Basie), Rise (Herb Albert), Cool Jazz(Miles Davis), Feeling Good (Nina Simone) and how about A Closer Walk and When the Saints Go Marching In??

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      jadecircles 7 years ago from USA

      nice hub.. I love jazz music.. I clicked on your video "Mister Magic".. that's one of my favorite jazz songs.. I didn't know the title is Mister Magic... thanks for sharing.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      We love jazz, being a musical family. My son in law plays jazz with his Seattle friends. I would like to share this hub with him. Great job!

    • mexicanu 7 years ago

      You forget about Glenn Miller - In the mood.

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      ixwa 7 years ago

      Superb collection! Classical stuff! Some hard core cats! ... love it! Check-out FASTTRACKS on Live365.com/stations/djtot12

    • Sam 7 years ago

      This list is great thanks for making it, a really good idea would be to make this a playlist on spotify

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      Danny Decay 7 years ago from Winter Park, Florida

      GOOD BYE PORK PIE HAT!!!! Hail to the Ming, what a madman, that cat could pump!

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      Robert J. Carmack 7 years ago from Jurupa Valley California

      I was going to light into you at first, but I read the disclaimer by you in the beginning.this is Your top 100 jazz songs. I think its odd you hardly any singers,or,have very limited knowledge of jazz vocalists,ie;Mr.B(rhythm of the riff),Johnny Hartman, Eddie Jefferson- Jennine, King Pleasure,Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald,only one Cannonball Adderley??( Nat wrote several jazz classics, Work Song,Jive Samba, where are Strayhorn tunes, Lush life, Cheslea Bridge,a Flower is a Lovesome Thing,etc. Herbie Hancock's Watermelon Man,Dolphin Dance. Bird's Now's the time, heyyy, what about Moody's mood for love. my point being , mine would be different. I'm just staring a new Hub covering the legacy of jazz and the legends who made & make it happen. I like your hub though . Jazz needs all it can get.

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      Dmitriy bestlife 7 years ago from Moscow

      I have a couple of Billie Holiday albums. No matter what a discussion is about I like the songs. And what a warm sound! it's only a guess of mine, that they were recorded on bulb tape recorders. Just some music appeals to some people. Of couse,everybody compares the list with his own, so did I. I found some songs to discover, thanks it was interesting!

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      fdoleac 7 years ago from Hollis, New Hampshire

      Thanks for the list. This will be a big help in improving our music library.

    • ed 6 years ago

      love the list - love jazz - love people who love jazz

      but....

      paul desmond wrote take 5 - not dave

      and

      cannonball did not write mercy mercy mercy - guess who did from weather report

    • pel 6 years ago

      Great list! A few more suggestions: Benny Golson's Whisper Not and his Are You Real, played by Art Blakey.

      Cheers!

    • Saxman 6 years ago

      Late to the party as always. I would like to nitpick with you a bit and say that this isn't a list of jazz songs per se, so much as a list of jazz recordings. A list of jazz songs would include songs that many players have played. For example, from the top 10, Acknowledgement and Psalm would be out of the running, much as they are amazing and wonderful and transcendent recordings.

    • Mike 6 years ago

      Started listening to some of these songs, instantly fell in love with My Favorite Things with John Coltrane and i'm looking to be amazed again. Thanks.

    • Vench 6 years ago

      Thanks for the list sir. i'm 18 yrs old and i just love jazz. but my knowledge on the artists of this wonderful genre is limited. so thank you for the list. i appreciate it. =)

    • Blessed 6 years ago

      In awe . Im 15yearss old and sleep away by Bob Acris has inspired me. Thanks for the list .

    • me 6 years ago

      where are all the women? Can't believe you left out Ella...are you saying that women's jazz isn't good enough to be in the top hundred, or just that you havnt listened to any

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      Eric Pulsifer 6 years ago from Charleston, SC and Riverside, CA

      Good list, Illuminatus. This also gives a handle on how you define jazz -- I mean there's some cats around who swear Kenny G plays jazz, can you believe that?

      My list would be different, but like you, mine would also be heavy on Miles and Trane. The world will eat itself before there is anyone better. My own list would probably have some of the Duke, Satchmo, Sidney Bechet, Clifford Brown, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, guys like that. But jazz is a learning process; the more exposure a listener gets the more he wants to hear more.

      Glad to see you had Mingus' Hog Callin' Blues in the list; that song featured probably the best Rahsaan Roland Kirk solo ever.

      Firing up the mp3 player ...

    • Kevin 6 years ago

      Love the list but where's David Axelrod's Holy Thursday!!!!!!!!

    • Miguel 6 years ago

      I'm just starting to take an interest in jazz and this list is proving to be extremely useful. But the list is only half of the benefit, your comments to "explain" the importance/relevance of the first 20 is the other half that helps a beginner appreciate/know "what to look for". Thank you very much! (May I suggest you add some comments to #21-50 on your list?)

    • IaintdrunkImjustdrinkin 6 years ago

      Nuce list,very diverse but that's to be expected if you truly music. Some of my favorites are "Tanya" by Dexter Gordon, "Spiritual" Coltrane, "Spring can really Hang You Up The Most" David "Fathead" Newman, "Decision" Sonny Rollins and "Compared To What" Les McCann. I could go on.

    • Poodstaaa x 6 years ago

      Wow!

      Im shcocked I have especially because I love and know just about all of those songs especially My favourite things by John Coltrane :)

      Im surprised though that theres no Glenn Miller :o

      Honestly I love Glenn Miller but that's my opinion. Jazz is much better then the pop stuff they play over and over again on the radio this is why I have an ipod

    • Omari 6 years ago

      Horace. Silver.

    • Rob 6 years ago

      Nice list. I would put Take Five before My Favorite Things.

      That song did more for jazz than almost anything EVER!

      And with all due respect ... how could you leave out Horace Silver: Song For My Father? What a timeless classic and still remains fresh today.

    • Lazz 6 years ago

      Yeah - nice list of TUNES...

      But I was drawn here in my search for jazz SONGS - you know, that form wherein music and words are combined.

      Not to detract from the value and importance of your choices and my pleasure that there are others here and everywhere who also dig jazz, but let's stick to English and obviate my petty disappointment.

    • Harri506 6 years ago

      Great list. I play trumpet myself so I'm a fan of Maynard Ferguson's "Chameleon"

    • Mau 6 years ago

      Great Post but i Wonder. Was happened to "Aja" Stely Dan is amazing song...........

    • kobby 6 years ago

      gr8 list m8! Instructs on the best way to put together ma collection. Ma personal favorites include 'little black samba' by grover washington jnr. Take five is another blissful piece. Great stuff!

    • Mazwi 6 years ago

      i'v got to say;i love the list,regardless of what i'l edit for mine but from the fact that it's jazz i like it!!

    • blackramzes 6 years ago

      i missing chick corea la fiesta and no mystery

    • aaron 6 years ago

      no buddy rich???

    • :)s 6 years ago

      respect for them:)

      can any body tell me where can i find some music sheets with jazz muzic especialy for violin...thanks...:)

    • Ray 6 years ago

      Great Stuff here...

      I am downloading all of the songs on your list to my new iPhone...No disappointments yet on the ones I have already had a chance to listen to so far.

      Well Done

    • m.tariq8yor a 6 years ago

      These are a few of my favorite things. Thank you for the added video clips. Love it!

    • plectroman 6 years ago

      No Armstrong in the top 50, and then "Hello Dolly'? Fail.

    • Crephiegotcha 6 years ago

      Where's django & stephane?? Few partnered better than those 2

      .

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      easyfreerecipes 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      nice list, we definitely have some of the same taste. what a time consuming task to rate and describe your top 100. good job

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      kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I'm so glad I ran into this Hub! It really came in handy. Thank you!

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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain

      I scrolled through it rather quickly, did I miss "Sidewinder"? You've got a great list!

    • Pedro Martins 5 years ago

      Great list man, finaly i found a decent jazz list... You really have a nice taste. Thanx for sharing it!

    • Arunav 5 years ago

      i am a big classic/country rock music fan and have been recently started listening to jazz music. Take five is an awesome song. Keep up the great work

    • Steve the Breeze 5 years ago

      Come on now, How do you miss the Signature songs of jazz A Train and Satin Doll, but even more astounding is how you've missed Dizzy, A Night in Tunisa. As a jazz musciain I have been asked to play those songs more than anything else. Your list is good but it is not accurate.

    • A Classicist, Perhaps 5 years ago

      While wondering whether Prof. Longhair is "jazz," I then found Jeff Beck and Frank Zappa on the list...and before anything by Sonny Rollins(?!) Oh well. (And was Ellington anywhere???) This cat like fusion and Miles and fusion and is trying to pay lip service to "the history of jazz." It's like a list of baseball greats without any Yankees.

    • Fay Paxton 5 years ago

      An incredible list! I couldn't find anything I would eliminate, but I can think of a few singers I would have added.

      Voted up and awesome

    • Mark 5 years ago

      No Vince Guaraldi Trio in the top 100?

    • schmatto 5 years ago

      Its Salt Deanuts! Well that's what my record cover says!

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      TreeAndLeaf 5 years ago from Kennerdell, Pennsylvania

      So glad you included Django and Jaco. good taste. fyi, your bird land video says "embedding disabled by request"

    • MissV 5 years ago

      Veryyyy nice list! Although I would've included "In a sentimental mood" by Ellington/Trane - one of my favourites!

    • Joanna 5 years ago

      Wonderful list. I've picked out a handful to learn. TQ.

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      jtyler 5 years ago

      Nice list. I agree with a lot of what you're saying (especially #1, which I was actually listening to when I started reading this).

    • John Ledingham 5 years ago

      Without Oscar Peterson & Clark Tery and "Brotherhood of Man"? How can that be? And, really, do we HAVE to have "Hello frinkin' Dolly"on the list ? Where is anything by Bessie Smith? "Autumn in New York." Chet Baker's "Time After Time".Nice list, though,overall, and that's why there are 31 flavors of ice cream.

    • Cam 5 years ago

      I started listening to jazz in 1962 when I was 16. KBCA in LA. While I like many forms of music, jazz is the one. Great list. But everybody is a critic. If you made it 200 you still would disappoint some people. Three of my favorites: All Blues - Miles Davis, Equinox - John Coltrane, Song For My Father - Horace Silver.

    • Steven McCormick 5 years ago

      I would have included a few more of Duke Ellington's compositions . . . maybe even some of Hank Mobley.

    • Rockindj 5 years ago

      Love the list. I would have Butterfly by Herbie Hancock on mine

    • Jeff 5 years ago

      "A Night in Tunisia" is by Dizzie Gillespie, not Sonny Rollins....still a great tune, though!

    • Carmen 5 years ago

      Wow. Whenever I see these lists of "the best jazz songs" they always end up being rather cheesy. There is real breadth in this list and some quite obscure combinations too. Great inspiration.

    • Jazz Lover 5 years ago

      Land Of Make Believe-Chuck Mangione

    • Jazzus Christ 5 years ago

      Sammy Davis Jr.....? But sick list.

    • Nick 5 years ago

      Greta list, but where is West End Blues?

    • Holynegative0 5 years ago

      Great list, save one grave mistake:

      There's no Glenn Miller on this list! Surely "In the Mood," or "Moonlight Serenade," or something should make it into the top one hundred?

      Other than that it has some of my personal favorites, so it's a pretty good list.

    • Francis Colclough 5 years ago

      Thanks for pointing me at some great stuff.

    • Etienne Rober' 5 years ago

      What I like best is you make me think with a list like this. Great diversity! From the other comments others are thinking hard too. thanks

    • Lynetta 5 years ago

      I just stumbled across this list while looking for something else - fantastic! Thanks for reminding me of some of the old greats and introducing me to some new vibes!

    • John K 5 years ago

      Nice list. Wouldn't be my top 100, of course. Mine would definitely have some Bud Powell, Clifford Brown, and BIll Evans in there. Also, more tunes by Monk--my fave jazz artist after Miles--Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, and Horace Silver.

    • Johnny Janis 4 years ago

      I'm A singer & Jazz guitarist. How do I get my albums on Pandora?

    • disgusted 4 years ago

      I have never commented on any webpage ever but I am so disgusted that I feel I must. I only have one thing to say. There never was nor will there ever be anyone even close to the father of Jazz. You have two of his songs, not even his best work, listed but listed in the bottom half. Your funny. I guess Michael Jordan is not in the top 50 of the best basketball players either. Your lost. Pops is the best of all time.

    • trish 4 years ago

      great list! but im kinda expecting for chet baker and ella fitzgerald to be in this list..but anyway, great choice though. :)

    • Smooth Jazz Lover Girl 4 years ago

      Please, can anybody tell me what is the real name of this song? This is my favourite song, I love her very much but I don't know the real name so I can not found that song on youtube... all I found is this small part of song here on this link :(

      I tried to find this song on youtube with this name Love's theme - Love unlimited orchestra but when I hear it on youtube I realise that this name doesn't belong to my favourite song probably it' s mistake of that person who wrote this smooth jazz list :( please help me!!!!

      http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/window/media/page/...

    • Smooth Jazz Lover 4 years ago

      It's number 2 on the list!

    • Smooth Jazz Lover 4 years ago

      Please, can anybody tell me what is the real name of this song? This is my favourite song, I love her very much but I don't know the real name so I can not found that song on youtube... all I found is this small part of song here on this link :(

      I tried to find this song on youtube with this name Love's theme - Love unlimited orchestra but when I hear it on youtube I realise that this name doesn't belong to my favourite song probably it' s mistake of that person who wrote this smooth jazz list :( please help me!!!!

      http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/window/media/page/...

    • free wheelin 4 years ago

      The list is pretty good. It would be hard to pick. I would have added Jobim (he is the composer of Girl from Ipanema; by the way) and Eddie Harris; but it's your list....

    • jem 4 years ago

      Definitely a lack of Charlie 'bird' Parker and general bebop. Also Charles Mingus' 'moanin' should also be listed somewhere. But otherwise great list.

    • Saxby 4 years ago

      Moanin' is by Bobby Timmons, not Art Blakey. Not to nitpick; I just say it because the man could use some more appreciation. Thanks for the list! It turned me on to some new music.

    • Lonis 4 years ago

      No Sing, Sing, Sing? You have a great list, but I don't see how Sing, Sing, Sing or In the Mood could be left off. I also really love Concerto for Cootie/Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me

    • Bernie 4 years ago

      I would make room somewhere for Pop's "West End Blues"

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      badmofo 4 years ago from The Universe

      Aw man. I LOVE THIS! Thanks for sharing!

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      badmofo 4 years ago from The Universe

      Here's one of my top 10 favorite performances of all time and God bless him for letting it stay up there (first saw it at about 600 views).

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wqplKtzWpI

    • amir 4 years ago

      awesome!!! you made this 2 years ago and i feel cheated not finding your list before...thanks alot.

    • Dave (London) 4 years ago

      perfect list. I'd have put 3 views of a secret higher!

      but love your choices. Opened up more of the sort of music I love to me, thank you!

    • Pol 4 years ago

      Lots of great tunes but I'm wondering why you didn't include Freedom Now by Max Roach's 5tet. To me, it's the ultimate jazz performance.

    • jamjam4x4 4 years ago

      Do a top 1000 jazz songs and you'll still have missed quality tunes. All the above mentioned commentary starts to round out those omissions. Many near and dear to my heart. Here's my 2 bits. Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert, or Vince Guaraldi's Cast Your Fate To The Wind. Oh ya, and more Django & Stephane. Heck, how'bout Lou Reeds Walk On The Wild Side.Bad boy bass and sax, right? Thanks illuminatus, for a nice start on top 1000 jazz songs!

    • jonas (pinas) 4 years ago

      i love jazz just wondering why Basia Swing out sisters Sergio Mendez Angele Bofil David Benoit Noel Pointer Manhattan Transfer Earl Klugh are not included.

    • Jack Kline 4 years ago

      From a roots and historical perspective two of Louis Armstrong recordings with his Hot Five band around 1926-7 are regarded as milestone jazz: Potato Head Blues and West End Blues

    • frankie cee 3 years ago

      check out dizzy gillespi wrote a nite in tunisia

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      AJ 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Love jazz too! Found your hub on the web searching for jazz titles!

      Nice hub!

    • Pattycakes 3 years ago

      Bravo for putting out this brilliant list which attempts the impossible. Clearly there have been some dissenting voices, but as a newcomer I thank you for opening my ears to some really great stuff.

    • tracy 3 years ago

      We have very similar taste. Love this list. By the way, you spelled Jaco's name wrong..it is Pastorius...not Pastorious. (I was married to him so I'm sure.) tracy

    • gsurvivor 3 years ago

      Glad to see a fellow Miles Davis fan and a jazz aficionado here! You've listed some definite all-time classics, loved the hub, I'd vote it up a x1000 if I could :)

    • N.J. Flanigan 2 years ago

      "peaches en regalia", "there are other worlds(they have not told you of", "take the a train", "goodbye porkpie hat", "big john's special", "a child is born", king porter stomp", "black napkins", "the moontrane", "blues at midnight", "reactionary tango", "shiny stockings"

    • Gmn1 2 years ago

      Great list with one glaring omission--

      Bill Evans!!!

      Would suggest his Peace Piece.

    • Priya 23 months ago

      - I can't believe I'm just now thniking of checking out your website to see if there are pictures of us on here! They look awesome! Thanks so much for putting up with us and getting some great shots out of two such photogenic people

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      Richard de Mey 20 months ago from Scottsdale, Arizona

      gotta love that jazz it will never die. a lot of other music genres evolved from jazz its true

    • al carter-bey 12 months ago

      how could Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck could even come out of your head....and forget about 'lester left town" "Tanya" "cristor redentor" "happy ground" "no room for squares" "song for my father" or artist "king pleasure" "Carmen McRae" "Gene Ammons" "Horace Silver" "Betty Carter" and more...at least U R learning.

    • Ben 12 months ago

      Its surprising there is no Dollar brand, Moses Molelekwa,or even Musa Manzini is this list based on legendary base or just simple poor good to ear jazz music?

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      trusouldj 10 months ago from Indiana

      Fascinating list.

    • swap 6 months ago

      Great list man .Kinda upset about Flamenco Sketches missing the top 10

    • Floops 4 months ago

      No Dolphy? That's a shame.

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