As I write this, I’m currently listening to some American Pop Standards that lift the heart and never fail to put me in a great mood. Since I was in my pre-teens and teenage years, I’ve always been called an old soul. For some inexplicable reason, I love music that pre-dates my birthday. I listened to American pop/jazz standard songs almost everyday of teenage life and my adolescent life. This is not to say that I don’t like hard rock, post-punk, new wave, and other alternative kinds of music. It’s just that I’m a really big sucker when it comes to trumpets, big bands, crooning, and jazz licks. What can I say? Big Band music tickles my heart!
I would like to share with you my favorite American standard songs. These songs are known to comprise “The American Great Songbook.” Some of these are really popular and you might have heard of them and some may not be so quite popular. Let’s get on with my list.
I guess the goal of this post is to inspire you give American Jazz Standard songs a shot! The links below are linked to some YouTube videos. Some of them will be the live version of the song. I just think that live versions really bring these songs to life. Here is the exact Spotify playlist that you can play straight from your browser if you have a Spotify Premium account.
I believe this is a great playlist if you’re looking to get into big band vocals/jazz/pop kind of music. You know… what they typically play at weddings!
Ron’s Picks: 50 of my American Pop Standards
“One for my Baby (and One More for the Road)” by Frank Sinatra
“Mr. Bojangles” by Sammy Davis Jr.
“Mack The Knife” by Bobby Darin
“It Had to Be You” by Billie Holiday
“Drinking Again” by Frank Sinatra
“Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles
“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin
“You Don’t Know Me” by Eddy Arnold
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“Blue Moon” by Billie Holiday
“Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra
“Sway” by Dean Martin
“Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
“Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
“Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
“Sweet Lorraine” by Nat King Cole
“Memories Are Made of This” by Dean Martin
“The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis Jr.
“Cheek to Cheek” by Fred Astaire
“Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra
“Isn’t It Romantic?” by Ella Fitzgerald
“L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
“The Girl From Ipanema” by Frank Sinatra
“You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You” by Dean Martin
“Singin’ in the Rain” by Gene Kelly
“The Birth of the Blues” by Sammy Davis Jr.
“In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” by Frank Sinatra
“Smile” by Nat King Cole
“Volare (Nel Blue Dipinto Di Blu)” by Dean Martin
“April in Paris” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra
“Feeling Good” by Sammy Davis Jr.
“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett
“Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey
“When I Fall In Love” by Nat King Cole
“That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra
“My Funny Valentine” by Chet Baker
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin
…and a bunch of Frank Sinatra
…and a some more Dean Martin
“Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me” (above)
“Just In Time”
“Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)”
Follow this playlist on Spotify!
If you would like to listen to these great American Pop Standards on Spotify, follow this playlist! I also hope you liked the YouTube video links. These songs brighten my day and I usually start listening to them in the morning. It never fails to put a smile on my face. I hope these American Pop Standards puts a smile on you too!
If you don’t have Spotify premium, start listening to some jazz vocals and get the Ultimate Sinatra Collection on Amazon.
Do you like American Standards? What are your favorite jazz/pop standard songs?
Featured photo of Duke Ellington Big Band credit to Wikimedia Commons