When it comes to choosing songs, here is a basic question

Can you instantly recognize a song by the first few notes?

I certainly can.

And I thought this blog would be fun to touch on, of which I managed to successfully narrow down in order of when I first heard these jazz songs on the radio (or in recent times in hearing via podcast).

This blog could technically be subtitled,
My Top 95 (Plus One More) Jazz Songs That I Instantly Recognize By The First Series of Notes and/or Lyrics

1. Linus & Lucy, The Vince Guaraldi Trio (later on David Benoit)

2. Christmas Time Is Here, The Vince Guaraldi Trio

3. Take the “A” Train, Duke Ellington

4. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Duke Ellington

5. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Duke Ellington

6. Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good, Duke Ellington

7. Mack The Knife, Louis Armstrong

8. I Love Jazz, Louis Armstrong version (original from Sydney Shaw)

9. High Society, Louis Armstrong version (original from Walter Melrose)

10. Blue Skies, Irving Berlin

11. Don’t Fence Me In, Louis Armstrong version (original from Cole Porter)

12. In The Mood, Glenn Miller

13. After All, Al Jarreau

14. We’re In This Love Together, Al Jarreau

15. The Captain of Her Heart, Double (pronounced with more of a French accent)

16. What You Won’t Do For Love, Bobby Caldwell

17. Way of The Heart, Karla Bonoff

18. Cruising for Bruising, Basia

19. Mornin’, Al Jarreau

20. Breezin’, George Benson

21. Songbird, Kenny G

22. Wade In The Water, Ramsey Lewis

23. Feels So Good, Chuck Mangione

24. Rainforest, Paul Hardcastle

25. One Wish, Hiroshima

26. True, Spandau Ballet

27. If You’re Ever In My Arms Again, Peabo Bryson

28. Lily Was Here, Candy Dulfer with Dave Stewart

29. For The Love of You, Candy Dulfer

30. Grazin’ in The Grass, Boney James with Rick Braun

31. Just The Two Of Us, Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers

32. You Make Me Smile, Dave Koz

33. Baby Come To Me, Patti Austin with James Ingram

34. Caught Up in The Rapture, Anita Baker

35. Human Nature, Michael Jackson

36. Giving You The Best That I Got, Anita Baker

37. Smooth Operator, Sade

38. Your Love Is King, Sade

39. Hang On To Your Love, Sade

40. The Sweetest Taboo, Sade

41. Never As Good As The First Time, Sade

42. Europa, Gato Barbieri

43. I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near), Michael McDonald

44. Yah Mo B There, Michael McDonald with James Ingram

45. On My Own, Michael McDonald with Patti LaBelle

46. Sweet Freedom, Michael McDonald

47. Take Five, Dave Brubeck Quartet

48. Blue Rondo A La Turk, Dave Brubeck Quartet

49. All Around The World, Lisa Stansfield

50. Orinoco Flow, Enya

51. It Happened In Sun Valley, Glenn Miller

52. Is It A Crime, Sade

53. Kiss of Life, Sade

54. Private Eyes, Hall & Oates

55. Sara Smile, Hall & Oates

56. One on One, Hall & Oates

57. Baby Come Back, Hall & Oates

58. The Look Of Love, Diana Krall

59. S’Wonderful, Diana Krall

60. Let’s Face The Music and Dance, Diana Krall

61. The Girl in The Other Room, Diana Krall

62. Shy Boy, Katie Melua

63. Nine Million Bicycles, Katie Melua

64. Lucy’s, Mindi Abair

65. Dream On, Kelly Sweet

66. Save Room, John Legend

67. Good Morning, John Legend

68. Each Day Gets Better, John Legend

69. Where Did My Baby Go, John Legend

70. My Cherie Amour, Stevie Wonder

71. Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder

72. You Are The Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder

73. Here And Now, Luther Vandross

74. After The Love Has Gone, Earth Wind & Fire

75. September, Earth Wind & Fire

76. Turn Your Love Around, George Benson

77. Smile, Mindi Abair

78. Close To You, Maxi Priest

79. Through The Fire, Chaka Khan

80. Forever Dreaming, Paul Hardcastle

81. You Are My Everything, Vanessa Williams

82. Miles Away, Basia

83. New Day For You, Basia

84. Para Ti, Marcela Mangabiera

85. Les Hommes, The Mood Is Modal

86. Tropical Rain, Jessy J

87. Never Give Up, Patricia Talem

88. Sorte, Patricia Talem

89. Bossa Nova Day, Minas

90. Brisa Mar, Sabrina Malheiros

91. Mais Que Nada, most notably from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

92. Bim-Bom, most notably from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

93. Night And Day, most notably from Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

94. Quanta, Gilberto Gil

95. Cada Beijo, Bebel Gilberto

and the last one…

I Can’t Help It, Torcuato Mariano with Ana Leuzinger

Feel free to comment, and perhaps–make a list of your own.



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