Rank Year Title
1 1930 Body and Soul
2 1939 All the Things You Are
3 1935 Summertime
4 1944 'Round Midnight
5 1935 I Can't Get Started (with You)
6 1937 My Funny Valentine
7 1942 Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)
8 1930 What Is This Thing Called Love?
9 1933 Yesterdays
10 1946 Stella By Starlight
11 1947 Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)
12 1929 Star Dust
13 1932 Willow Weep for Me
14 1939 What's New?
15 1929 Honeysuckle Rose
16 1925 Sweet Georgia Brown
17 1936 Caravan
18 1924 The Man I Love
19 1935 In a Sentimental Mood
20 1914 St Louis Blues
21 1940 How High the Moon
22 1924 Oh, Lady Be Good!
23 1941 Take the "A" Train
24 1930 Embraceable You
25 1947 On Green Dolphin Street
And the list goes on for the top 1000 over the next 20 pages.
There may be many topics that we can come up with but for a start what are your Top 5 songs and instrumentals on this list.
What other interesting features of this site would you like to call attention to or discuss?
Interesting site - have you spent much time on it?
As for the songs - well, I love most of the songs that I know that are on the last, so it would make me curious about the ones I don’t know…
I can’t say I agree with the rankings - I mean, it would be hard to find a bigger Les Paul fan than me ;), but ranking How High the Moon before Take the ‘A’ Train?! Who was smoking what in order to make that choice?
And where is Our Love is Here to Stay? So many Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, etc…
As I say, I just found out about the site this week from my son who stumbled onto it himself while looking for some info on Autumn Leaves. I have looked around a little and found this page with some answers you might appreciate.
As for the song you mentioned,
57 1938 Love Is Here to Stay (Page 2)
So what makes something a jazz standard as distinct from a pop standard - these were all popular songs at one time. Some of the songs & composers that **Wordman **is looking for are certainly standards, but maybe not jazz standards.
I’ve always thought that, to be a jazz standard, a song has to be not only popular but also musically interesting, so that jazz musicians and singers will want to do even more interesting stuff to it. But I would very much like to hear from any jazz musicians in the audience their take on this point.
Slight hijack - In one of life’s wierd little coincidences, when I opened this thread, “'Round Midnight” (Charlie Parker) came up on my iPod. Followed, by “How High The Moon” while I was typing this. Perhaps I should delay hitting “Submit” and see if another one of the Top 25 follows.
I hear where you are going, but I don’t see that much distinction. How High the Moon is great because of Les Paul and Mary Ford’s version - it is not famous as a song that jazz players play and stretch out on. OTOH, My Favorite Things is a 100% “standard” - i.e., written by famous American Songbook composers, from a famous musical, etc. - that is very much a “jazz” standard because folks like Coltrane and Grant Green took it on as a song and stretched it out jazz-style…(if you haven’t heard Grant Green’s version, it’s truly wonderful…)
I assume we are referring to “songs from the Great American Songbook”…
The idea of a “standard songbook” has no real meaning anymore, because jazz people and theater people (the only ones left with any investment in quality pop music) have too little common ground to agree upon.
If you really do want a feel for music that comes close to being of jazz standard quality, I would say talk to people in your community who are a.) over 60 and b.) either Jewish, gay, or not too uncomfortable around those who are. I don’t say this because I believe culture is tribal, more because these are some of the few people left who agree that it need not be tribal.
“The Bird” - Charlie Parker. It’s from a old CD I picked up somewhere. The collection of tunes is excellent, but most were recorded live in clubs and the recording leaves a little to be desired. It hasn’t been remastered or cleaned up in any way.