Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Jazz songs of all time 2017, Jazz is an American music form that evolved from black people who resided within this country from the days of slavery. Jazz is a form of traditional African sounds, military music, ragtime and blues; with some grassroots and folk music melodies thrown in. All these sounds were present during that period. African American musicians who settled into the region of Louisiana during the latter half of the 1800s created the Jazz sound. Many of these artists started to gather in the New Orleans area and when they did, the sound of Jazz emerged.
Since then, Jazz is now considered a major musical force in modern times. It is a true music genre that has given birth to many other music forms such as hip hop, R&B, reggae, Latin soul and psychedelic rock. Jazz music is a great musical form that is considered one of the best genres in the world today. The following information will show the best jazz songs of all time.
- 10. So What by Miles Davis’s
- 9. My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
- 8. Take Five by Dave Brubeck
- 7. Acknowledgement by John Coltrane
- 6. Birdland by Weather Report
- 5. Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis
- 4. Psalm by John Coltrane
- 3. Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
- 2. Songbird by Kenny G
- 1. Michael Bolton by When a Man Loves a Woman
Here we present the list of top 10 best Jazz songs of all time 2017.
10. So What by Miles Davis’s
Miles Davis’s song So What is considered one of the greatest jazz tunes of all time. This song features the great musical style and talent of Davis. The song moves at a good even tempo and it the notes are played in a relaxed style that enhances their effect. Davis plays this song with conviction one note at a time. So What was also a collaboration between Davis and other great jazz artists at the time. This line-up includes Cannonball, Evans and Cobb.
9. My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
In 1961 John Coltrane gave the world My Favorite Things and this jazz ensemble was a true masterpiece. It contains many great chords, a soothing melody and has an easy to listen to appeal. John Coltrane performed the piece with a soprano saxophone. This song was a great musical piece during its time and made it into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Coltrane’s time as a musician was short but his music is still honored to this day.
8. Take Five by Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck song Take Five is the first song in the history of this genre to sell a million copies. It was released in 1959 and then again in 1961. As of 2011 this jazz song sold over 2 million copies making it one of the few jazz songs in history to achieve this milestone. Take Five had great commercial appeal which helped its success. It has been featured within many television shows and in motion pictures.
7. Acknowledgement by John Coltrane
John Coltrane is back on this list again and this time it is for his song Acknowledgement. This song is a highly-rated jazz piece that has a soothing flow and a great melody. It has an easy rock appeal and a superb style. Acknowledgement is one of the best songs in Coltrane’s repertoire and it will be considered one of the greatest in jazz music history. This song has the ability to touch any jazz enthusiasts with its crisp sounds and outstanding delivery.
6. Birdland by Weather Report
There is literally a jazz band with the name of the Weather Report and they made a song in 1977 called Birdland. These are some rather unusual names for a musical group and song. However, The Weather Report received many accolades for Birdland. This song is considered one of the best compositions of jazz music ever. The Weather Report is not a popular group today but their song Birdland will live on as one of the greatest of all times.
5. Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis
Miles Davis has another great jazz classic tune that must be heard. The name of this great jazz song is Freddie Freeloader. With the name Freddie Freeloader you know it must be a great jazz tune. Freddie Freeloader might remind you of Meenie the Moocher by Cab Calloway. Freddie Freeloader is an easy listening jazz tune that has a lot of character and style. The song helps a person to visualize a freeloading individual running around trying to get over. Davis did an outstanding thing when performing this song.
4. Psalm by John Coltrane
John Coltrane released the song Psalm in 1964 and this is considered another great masterpiece from one of the biggest names in the history of jazz music. Coltrane’s recording of Psalm has helped him to release one of the best jazz albums to date. This song was a huge hit that has a lot of flavor and style. It can move a person and take them into the world that Coltrane creates. Once again he proves why he is such a top rated jazz artists.
3. Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
In case you did not know, Billie Holiday was a huge star during the early part of the 20th century. She was a young and attractive African American woman during the 30’s when she was at the height of her career. Holiday was like a modern day “Beyonce” for that era. She might not had the same style as Beyonce but she did have the same type of appeal. Strange Fruit was a song about lynching which was still a big problem during her day. This song by Holiday is filled with emotion and lots of pain. Strange Fruit was the best song of her career and a top notch jazz piece.
2. Songbird by Kenny G
Kenny G is a modern day jazz artist who is considered one of the best of the 21st century. Songbird was released in 1986 and was a huge international hit. People really liked this song and for a jazz tune it was well received by many people who were not even jazz fans. Songbird is a jazz tune with a modern appeal. It has a pop like quality to it and it moves with conviction. The song could have easily become a pop hit if Kenny G had added words to it.
1. Michael Bolton by When a Man Loves a Woman
When a Man Loves a Woman was released in 1991 and this fantastic jazz piece was a huge hit back then. People loved this jam which is about love and happiness between a man and a woman. Bolton uses vocals on this song and it has a great jazz background. Bolton’s song is one of the best jazz songs in the modern era and many people liked the song when it was released. Bolton is truly a great jazz performer.
This list is not exhaustive because there are a lot of other good jazz artists and songs that can be added to this category. Jazz music is such a significant art form it is almost impossible to limit its greatness to just a few titles.