The Most Romantic Jazz Songs to Listen to Tonight

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Looking for the most romantic jazz songs to listen to tonight? Look no further than our list of favorites! From standards to modern classics, these tunes are sure to set the mood.


Nothing says “romance” like curling up with your favorite person and a good jazz album. The Flying Dutchman,round midnight, taking it easy… these are just a few of the many songs that can set the mood for a perfect night in.

So whether you’re looking to heat things up or just wind down after a long day, we’ve got the perfect playlist for you. Sit back, relax, and let the smooth sounds of jazz wash over you.

“Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins

“Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins is widely considered to be one of the most romantic jazz songs ever recorded. The song was first recorded in 1930 and has been covered by many artists over the years, including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Frank Sinatra. The lyrics are about a man who is head-over-heels in love with a woman who doesn’t seem to reciprocate his feelings. Despite this, he continues to love her “body and soul.”

“My Funny Valentine” by Chet Baker

This timeless ballad is a staple of the Great American Songbook, and has been recorded by everyone from Miles Davis to Frank Sinatra. Chet Baker’s version is gentle and fragile, with his light trumpet playing leading the way. It’s the perfect song to set the mood on a romantic evening.

“The Nearness of You” by Billie Holiday

“The Nearness of You” is a classic jazz standard written by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington. Billie Holiday’s version is one of the most beloved and romantic interpretations of the song. Her voice is full of emotion and longing, making it the perfect choice for a romantic night in.

“I Can’t Get Started” by Duke Ellington

“I Can’t Get Started” is a ballad composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was written for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, where it was introduced by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross.Hope used it as his theme song for many years. It was a Top Ten pop hit for Benny Goodman and His Orchestra in 1937, reaching number three, and became a standard.

“Stars Fell on Alabama” by Louis Armstrong

“Stars Fell on Alabama” is a classic jazz standard written in 1934 by Frank Perkins and Mitchel Parish. Recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1958, thisoptions version is a perfect example of Armstrong’s signature style of improvisation. The lyrics tell the story of two lovers gazing at the stars on a clear night in Alabama.

“Autumn Leaves” by Nat King Cole

One of the most popular and well-known jazz standards, “Autumn Leaves” was originally composed in 1945 by French composer Joseph Kosma with lyrics by Hungarian-French poet Jacques Prévert. The song became a hit in 1947 when it was recorded by French singer Édith Piaf. It has been covered numerous times by artists such as Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra.

“Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn

“Moon River” is a romantic ballad composed by Henry Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. It was originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and has since been covered by many artists. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has become one of the most popular standards of all time.

If you’re looking for the perfect song to set the mood on a romantic night in, look no further than “Moon River.” This timeless ballad is sure to get you and your partner feeling close and connected.

“Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald

“Dream a Little Dream of Me” is a song from 1931 with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 8, 1931, by Ozzie Nelson and his Orchestra with vocals by Ozzie Nelson. The song was revived in the late 1930s both in the U.S. and Europe, firstly by Wayne King and his Orchestra who had a Top Ten hit with the tune in 1937–38. In the UK it was first recorded by Mantovani and His Orchestra on January 11, 1939.


We hope you enjoyed our list of the most romantic jazz songs to listen to tonight. Whether you’re snuggling up with a loved one or enjoying a night alone, these tunes are sure to set the mood.

If you’re looking for more great music to relax to, be sure to check out our other lists of easy listening classics and modern jazz hits. And don’t forget to share your favorite romantic tunes with us in the comments below!

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