jazz song list for weddings

75 Best Jazz Songs for Weddings

 

 
When you think of jazz, do your toes start tapping? Are you thinking of cocktail tables, black ties, and martinis? If your wedding includes a cocktail hour, you simply must have a jazz playlist.

Jazz spans many different styles of music such as Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, Scat, and much more. Early Jazz musicians were Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Jelly Roll Morton. In the ’30s Jazz Swing was most popular with artists like Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and Artie Shaw.

Is jazz good for a wedding?

Of course, it is. Most people don’t realize that jazz is the origin of Rock and Roll (swing anyone?). Instrumental takes on your favorite tunes are perfect for the father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, and even the first dance. May we suggest, “The Very Thought of You,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” or “Let’s Fall in Love?” Those are perfect songs for the first dance.

jazz song list for weddings

 

Table of Contents:

The Best Wedding Jazz Songs

We have curated a list of our favorite jazz songs for weddings. Did we miss your favorite diddy? Let us know which one should be there and which song it should replace. This Jazz song list is curated by Matthew Campbell.
Last Updated: June 28, 2021

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SongAmazon Link
Al Jarreau
We're in This Love Together
1981, Breakin' Away
Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez
Super Mario Bros 3
2019, Duologue
Althea Rene
We Are One
2019, Flawsome
Anita Baker
Giving You The Best That I Got
1988, Giving You the Best That I Got
Art Sherrod Jr
So in Love
2017, Back 2 Business
Bar Scott
Dream a Little Dream of Me
2007, A Little Dream
Bobby Caldwell
What You Won’t Do for Love
1991, What You Won't Do for Love
Bobby McFerrin
Don't Worry Be Happy
1988, Simple Pleasures
Brian Culbertson
Colors of Love
2017, Colors Of Love
Brian Culbertson
When I’m With You
2018, When I’m With You
Cal Harris Jr.
Timeline
2018, Timeline
Caleb Collins & Alicia Olatuja
Our Love Is Here to Stay
2019, Our Love Is Here to Stay
Connie Wilson and Johnny G
At Last
2018, At Last
D. Mills
Groovin with D
2019, The Completion of Next Step
Dave Koz
If Not for You
2018, If Not for You
Dean Martin
That’s Amore
1953, Dean Martin Sings
Diana Krall
The Look Of Love
2001, Diana Krall
Doc Powell
A Song for You
2010, For Old Times Sake
Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Take the “A” Train
1941
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
1956, Ella and Louis
Ella Fitzgerald
I’ve Got A Crush On You
1950, Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
You Do Something To Me
Originally released in 1929 by Cole Porter
Etta James
At Last
1960, At Last!
Etta James
My Dearest Darling
1960
Frank Sinatra feat. Count Basie And His Orchestra
Fly Me To The Moon
1964
Frank Sinatra
My Way
1969, My Way
Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
1964
Frank Sinatra
Theme From New York, New York
1979
George Benson
Breezin’
1976, Breezin'
George Benson
On Broadway
1978, Weekend in L.A.
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
Moonlight Serenade
1958, The Glenn Miller Carnegie Hall Concert
Gregory Porter feat. Kem
Holding On
2016, Take Me To The Alley
Gregory Porter
Everything You Touch Is Gold
2020, All Rise
Gretchen Parlato
Sweet Love
2021, Flor
Groove Frequencies feat. Clay Benjamin & Sherree Patrice
Happy Feelings
2019, Back to the Groove
Harry Connick Jr.
A Wink And A Smile
1993, Sleepless in Seattle Soundtrack
Harry Connick Jr.
It Had To Be You
1989, When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack
Harry Connick Jr.
Recipe For Love
1990, We Are in Love
Harry Connick Jr.
True Love
2019, True Love: A Celebration Of Cole Porter
Imagesong feat. Alexis Cole, Mike Eckroth & Marc Phaneuf
Everything to Me
2020, Everything to Me
Janelle Monáe
That's Enough
2019, Lady and the Tramp Soundtrack
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra & Haley Reinhart
My Baby Just Cares For Me
2018, The Capitol Studios Sessions
John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman
My One and Only Love
1963, John Coltrane And Johnny Hartman
John Scofield
Chank
1998, A Go Go
Johnny Britt
Hot Fun In The Summer
2019, Hot Fun In The Summer
Karen Souza
The Way You Look Tonight
2020, The Way You Look Tonight
Lena Horne
Can’t Help Lovin That Man of Mine
1946, Till The Clouds Roll By Film
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)
1957, Ella and Louis Again
Louis Armstrong
A Kiss To Build A Dream On
1951
Louis Armstrong
We Have All the Time in the World
1969, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
1967, What a Wonderful World
Mario Biondi with Incognito
Lov-Lov-Love
2021, Dare
Mel Torme
My Funny Valentine
Originally published in 1937 by composer Richard Rodgers
Michael Buble
Everything
2007, Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble
Hold On
2009, Crazy Love
Michael Buble
The Best Is Yet To Come
2007, Call Me Irresponsible
Michael Buble
You And I
2005, It’s Time
Miles Davis feat. Lalah Hathaway
So Emotional
2019, Rubberband
Miles Davis
Flamenco Sketches
1959, Kind of Blue
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Unforgettable
1991, Unforgettable… with Love
Nat King Cole
L-O-V-E
1965, Nat King Cole
Natalie Cole
Our Love Is Here To Stay
1981, Unforgettable: With Love
Norah Jones
Come Away With Me
2002, Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Don’t Know Why
2002, Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
The Nearness of You
2002, Come Away With Me
Peet Project
Champagne of My Life
2017, The Bad Boys of Budapest
Peggy Lee
Fever
1958, Things Are Swingin’
Rachael & Vilray
Alone at Last
2019, Rachael & Vilray
Ray Charles
Come Rain Or Come Shine
1959, The Genius of Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind
1960, The Genius Hits the Road
RJC (Rhythm & Jazz Coalition)
Best Part
2019, Best Part
Robert Glasper ft. H.E.R., Meshell Ndegeocello
Better Than I Imagined
2020, Better Than I Imagined
Sade
Your Love is King
1984, Diamond Life
Sarah Vaughan
You Stepped Out Of A Dream
1960, The Divine One
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox feat. Joey Cook, Adanna Duru & Nina Ann
Feel It Still
2019, Sepia Is The New Orange
Shannon & Keast
What a Wonderful World
2017, Dream a Little Dream
Steve Cole
Neo Sol
2019, Gratitude
Susan Kohler
Hey Big Spender
2007, My Favorite Gentlemen
Tex & The Chex
I Do Love You
1961
Tom Waits
Little Trip To Heaven (On The Wings Of Your Love)
1976, Closing Time
Tony Bennett
Because Of You
1952, Because of You
U-Nam
Soul Walkin’
2019, Soul Walkin'
Van Morrison
Moondance
1970, Moondance

 

Top 10 Jazz Songs
(most popular Amazon downloads)

  1. My Way – Frank Sinatra
  2. Never Gonna Let You Go – Sergio Mendes
  3. In The Mood – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  4. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
  5. Temptation Sensation (Main Title) – Heinz Kiessling
  6. Theme From New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
  7. April – Mindi Abair
  8. Everybody Loves The Sunshine – Roy Ayers Ubiquity
  9. Smooth – Candy Dulfer
  10. What You Won’t Do for Love – Bobby Caldwell

 

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What Is Jazz Music?

Jazz music was influenced by West African folk music. Although it is thought that Jazz started in New Orleans in the early 20th century, it’s simply not the birthplace. Though it is part of the route up the Mississippi River where jazz is most famous — St. Louis, Chicago, and Kansas City.

Jazz music is an American creation. In many ways, it’s the only truly American music. Jazz music is more than just enjoyed by other musicians. It is considered a heartfelt expression of the soul.

“Jazz” isn’t just one style of music either. Jazz spans many different styles of music such as Swing, Big Band, Dixieland, Scat, and much more. Early Jazz musicians were Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, and Jelly Roll Morton. In the 1930s Jazz Swing was most popular with artists like Count Basie, the Dorsey Brothers, and Artie Shaw.

 

What’s the Difference Between Swing and Jazz?

Maybe you came across our Best Swing Songs list for your wedding. Swing is part of jazz but not all jazz is swing. Songs can cross between both categories; especially if it’s rearranged. We have decided to put artists like Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, and the likes on the Best of Swing list. Some Jazz songs that do not have lyrics or verbiage may also be listed in our Instrumental songs. Feel free to check those out as well.


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2 responses to “75 Best Jazz Songs for Weddings”

  1. erantricketins says:

    Your number one pick is Strange Fruit, that is a song about racism that depicts the hanging and burning of African Americans after rigor has set in.. right? You think that’s a great wedding song? Nah, I’m sure you meant to depict soda cans tied to the back of a Cadillac right? That’s mighty white of you. -smh-

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Thank you for pointing this out. The top 10 songs are the songs most downloaded on the Amazon platform. We are not saying the songs are wedding songs. We want to give readers a chance to know what the top Jazz songs are downloaded. The reason it is at #1 was that when we captured the top downloaded Jazz song, it was when the movie about Billie Holiday was released – The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. When we update the list again, the song will work its way down again.

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