There is something classically romantic about jazz, whether it may be due to the genre’s finely crafted ballads, upbeat swing tunes, or the pure form of love that most jazz songs seem to be injected with. When it comes to midnight jazz, these are some tunes that promise to create an invisible bubble around you and your special someone, showering you with the magic of good music.
My Baby Just Cares for Me – Nina Simone
The deep and soulful voice of Nina Simone, coupled with a swinging rhythm, make this a great tune for you and your partner to dance to. Singing about how, even with seven billion other people in the world, her lover only has eyes for her, this is a light-hearted and upbeat, yet incredibly romantic, jazz track.
All the Things You Are – Ella Fitzgerald
Otherwise known as Queen Ella, one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Ella Fitzgerald never disappoints with her tracks, especially with the romantic All the Things You Are. This 1939 showtune is all about the feelings arise when you first begin to fall in love with someone, never wanting to spend a minute away from them.
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Louis Armstrong
With a voice that is almost instantly recognizable, Louis Armstrong’s version of this classic ballad is just the jazz tune that you want to be listening to when lying in bed with your sweetheart.
Crazy He Calls Me – Billie Holiday
Originally recorded in 1949, this song is all about how nothing can bring you down when you have fallen in love, with love giving you the power to move mountains and walk through fire. Holiday sings with emotion and passion, which is exactly why this song is able to resonate so deeply.
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole is another one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, and Unforgettable is most definitely his signature song. This is a great slow number to build up some midnight passion.
My Funny Valentine – Tony Bennett
My Funny Valentine has been recorded numerous times over the years, but no one is able to sing it quite like Tony Bennett. His voice is able to bring a level of depth to the song, easily making it one of the most romantic tracks out there.
They Say It’s Wonderful – Johnny Hartman
About how love makes everything seem absolutely wonderful, even the most mundane parts of each day, this jazz number is beautifully sung by Johnny Hartman’s baritone voice. Plus, that gorgeous sax in the background only amps up the already-romantic nature of the song.
Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra
No romantic jazz playlist is complete without a track from Frank Sinatra. This swinging love song is one of the most popular romantic jazz tracks out there, and once you have a listen, you will no doubt agree.
With beautiful voices, swinging beats and touching lyrics, there is no denying that jazz is romantic. From the raspy voice of Louis Armstrong to the soulful emotions of Nina Simone, these tracks are the perfect accompaniment to a night of romance.