One of the most popular genres of music throughout the 20th century, it’s fair to say that Jazz has undoubtedly passed its popularity peak. However, it would be incorrect to suggest that some of the best Jazz songs of all time have not had a significant influence on contemporary music. Let’s check out some of the best.
Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington
Described by Duke’s biographer as “an imperishable classic”, Mood Indigo has been covered by a variety of artists, including Frank Sinatra and Joe Jackson.
Take Five – Dave Brubeck Quartet
Featured on their album “Time Out” (1959), “Take Five” was composed by Paul Desmond. Its initial release was lukewarm, however, two years after its original release, it became a surprise hit amongst audiences. As of 2020, it remains the most successful Jazz single (in terms of sales).
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
One of the most iconic songs of the Jazz and gospel scene, Armstrong’s original rendition was recorded in 1967. His version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra
One of the most acclaimed and popular performers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” remains one of the greatest Jazz songs of all time.