50 of My Favorite American Pop Standards


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.

American Pop Standards The Rat Pack plus Johnny Carson

Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Johnny Carson via Pinterest

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

“You Make Me Feel So Young” (above)
“The Way You Look Tonight”
“Summer Wind”
“Nothing But The Best”
“The Best is Yet To Come”
“Young at Heart”
“It Was A Very Good Year”
“My Kind of Town”

…and a some more Dean Martin

“Little Ole Wine Drinker, Me” (above)
“Just In Time”
“Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile! Smile! Smile!)”
“That’s Amore”

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

  • Star Lengas


    This is a great playlist, growing up we listened to a ton of Ella & Nat! I also have a fondness for Sarah Vaughn as well!

    • Ron

      Great part of growing up right? I listened to Sinatra, Dean, Darin, Ella, Nat, and Sammy. I hope you’re well and thanks for dropping by!

  • January DC


    “I Found My Yellow Basket” by Ella Fitzgerald is my no. 1 Jazz LSS of all time. Always puts me in a good mood.

    • Ron

      Hi January! I gave it a listen. This poor girl on “I Found My Yellow Basket.” I think she should be careful next time since some girl took it to the market. It’s her basket! Her yellow basket! Hope you’re well 🙂

  • Jasmin N


    Lovely list! Frank Sinatra is so good.

    ♥: Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

  • daytodayMOMents


    What a great list! I will reference it, my son who is 7, actually would enjoy this too. 🙂

    • Ron

      Oh my! Your 7-year-old son listen to these songs? That’s amazing! I hope this playlist bring you joy during relaxation time 🙂

    • daytodayMOMents

      Yes Ron, my 7 – almost 8 year old loves good music and quite diverse with his selections. 🙂
      Thanks, and btw I love your attitude and energy you give off! <3

  • Cristina


    First of all, I love the way you write. You come across as honest and sweet :).
    Second, loved your article. I tend to read mostly travel related posts, so this is really refreshing.
    I read Frank Sinatra’s biography not long ago, and it’s great to find so many of his songs on your list.
    Well done to you :).

    • Ron

      Hi Cristina! Thank you so much for the kind words! 🙂 I haven’t been traveling this past month but we will be in New York City next week and I hope that I get to travel blog. The photos and content on your blog are great and inspiring. For this playlist, I really wanted to include the best of Sinatra since I think he has one of the most beautiful voices in American music. With his voice, I feel the lyrics even more. I hope you’re well!

  • Ree


    What a great play list! Nat King Cole ❤❤ I really need to get a spot oh account! Love this style of music it’s very uplifting! Ree Love30

    • Ron

      It’s very uplifting, isn’t it Ree? I’ve always loved this kind of music. If you get the chance to go on Spotify, I’m sure you’ll love this playlist to cheer you up in the mornings or after a long day 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  • lottie


    That’s Amore! Fly me to the moon! Singin’ in the rain! I Left My Heart in San Francisco! Mack the Knife (it mentions my name! what’s not to love?) What a Wonderful World!! Dean Martin. Frank Sinatra. Louis Armstrong. Ella Fitzgerald. Gene Kelly!!

    Looks like I’ve got a playlist for my afternoon (read: year)! Some of these I haven’t heard before, too.

    gimme oldies any day!! ♥♥

    • Ron

      Hi Lottie! It’s great to hear that you love these oldies too! I grew up with them and I would take oldies any day too. I pretty much listen to these great artists everyday and it never fails to put a smile on my face. I hope you like the playlist! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

      Oh, and if Mack the Knife has got your name in it.. Indeed, what’s not to love?!

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