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100 Greatest Jazz Vocal Standards

Criteria: These Jazz Vocal Standards were chosen on their Impact, Influence, Quality, and Overall Importance. Each Standard is followed by two different recommended performances of the Standard by some of the biggest and most influential Jazz Vocalists in history.

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List Begun: 2004-10-01
100 Greatest Jazz Vocal Standards
  1. Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday/Cassandra Wilson)
  2. Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald/Nina Simone)
  3. God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)
  4. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong/Etta Jones)
  5. What A Difference A Day Made (Dinah Washington/Sarah Vaughan)
  6. My Funny Valentine (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)
  7. Mack The Knife (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald)
  8. Body and Soul (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  9. Someone To Watch Over Me (Blossom Dearie/Ella Fitzgerald)
10. You've Changed (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
11. Lullabye of Birdland (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
12. Fine and Mellow (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
13. Fever (Peggy Lee/Michael Buble)
14. The End of A Love Affair (Billie Holiday/Chaka Khan)
15. How High The Moon (Ella Fitzgerald/June Christy)
16. Don't Explain (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
17. Oh Lady, Be Good! (Ella Fitzgerald/Mel Torme)
18. You Don't Know What Love Is (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
19. Teach Me Tonight (Dinah Washington/Al Jarreau)
20. Stormy Weather (Lena Horne/Dinah Washington)
21. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (Eartha Kitt/Billie Holiday)
22. They Can't Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Frank Sinatra)
23. The Very Thought of You (Billie Holiday/ Nat King Cole)
24. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)
25. I Loves You Porgy (Nina Simone/Billie Holiday)
26. Black Coffee (Peggy Lee/Sarah Vaughan)
27. (Corcovado) Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Sarah Vaughan/Astrud Gilberto)
28. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday/Betty Carter)
29. Night and Day (Billie Holiday/Mel Torme)
30. It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Ernestine Anderson/Tony Bennet)
31. Willow Weep For Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
32. I've Got You Under My Skin (Dinah Washington/Frank Sinatra)
33. Prelude To A Kiss (Sarah Vaughan/June Christy)
34. Tenderly (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)
35. Like Someone In Love (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)
36. Misty (Sarah Vaughan/Billy Eckstine)
37. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole/Johnny Hartman)
38. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Billie Holiday/Chet Baker)
39. Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra/Astrud Gilberto)
40. Peel Me A Grape (Anita O'Day/Diana Krall)
41. Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles/Shirley Horn)
42. Girl from Impanema (Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim/Eartha Kitt)
43. My Man's Gone Now (Sarah Vaughan/Nina Simone)
44. But Beautiful (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)
45. Autumn Leaves (Sarah Vaughan/Eva Cassiday)
46. But Not For Me (Billie Holiday/Chris Connor)
47. Easy Living (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
48. Solitude (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
49. A Night In Tunisia (Ella Fitzgerald/Lamberts, Hendrick, & Ross)
50. Love Me or Leave Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
51. Blue Skies (Ella Fitzgerald/Dinah Washington)
52. My Favorite Things (Sarah Vaughan/Tony Bennett)
53. Stardust (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
54. You Belong To Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Jo Stafford)
55. Agua De Beber (Water To Drink) (Astrud Gilberto/Frank Sinatra)
56. Embraceable You (Sarah Vaughan/Etta James)
57. If I Were A Bell (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerald)
58. Love Letters (Diana Krall/Nat King Cole)
59. Skylark (Susannah McCorkle/Ernestine Anderson)
60. Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)
61. Something Cool (June Christy/Carol Sloane)
62. Good Morning Heartache (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
63. Sophisticated Lady (Ella Fitzgerald/Billy Eckstine)
64. Poor Butterfly (Sarah Vaughan/Helen Merril)
65. 'Deed I Do (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)
66. Time After Time (Chet Baker/Ernestine Anderson)
67. Cry Me A River (Dinah Washington/Etta James)
68. I Only Have Eyes For You (Mark Murphy/Frank Sinatra)
69. April In Paris (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
70. Cloudburst (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross/Jon Hendricks)
71. Dedicated To You (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
72. My Man (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
73. Manhattan (Blossom Dearie/Stacy Kent)
74. Twisted (Annie Ross/Manhattan Transfer)
75. A Fine Romance (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)
76. You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra)
77. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)
78. You Better Go Now (Jeri Southern/Billie Holiday)
79. 'S Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
80. Speak Low (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
81. A Tisket A Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald/Mildred Bailey)
82. All Of Me (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
83. Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)
84. Them There Eyes (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
85. Tell Me More, And More, And Then Some (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
86. You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini) (Ella Fitzgerald/Dee Dee Bridgewater)
87. In A Mellow Tone (Ella Fitzgerald/Johnny Mathis)
88. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerlad)
89. Violets For Your Furs (Billie Holiday/Frank Sinatra)
90. I Cover The Waterfront (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
91. This Bitter Earth (Dinah Washington/Etta James)
92. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (Helen Merril/Ella Fitzgerald)
93. Take the "A" Train (Betty Roche/Anita O'Day)
94. I Walk A Little Faster (Blossom Dearie/Tony Bennet)
95. I Could Write A Book (Dinah Washington/Betty Carter)
96. I'll Get By ( As Long As I Have You ) (Billie Holiday/ Peggy Lee)
97. Once Upon A Summertime (Blossom Dearie/Astrud Gilberto)
98. That Old Feeling (Chet Baker/Billy Eckstine)
99. Rockin' Chair (Mildred Bailey/Peggy Lee)
100. The Waters of March (Agua De Marco) (Susannah McCorkle/Mark Murphy)

honerable mentions
  Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)
  One For My Baby (and One More For The Road) (Frank Sinatra/Etta James)
  I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong)
  Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra/Michael Buble)
  The Man I Love (Billie Holiday/Etta James)
  Hello Dolly! (Louis Armstrong/Ella Fitzgerald)

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