220px-Norah_Jones_-_Come_Away_With_MeNorah Jones – “Come Away With Me” – (2002)

Remember after 9/11 when Norah Jones swooped in and swept America off its feet? Though not a pop smash, this song (the title track from her debut album) is one the jazziest songs to receive any kind of mainstream radio airplay in the last quarter century. Songs like this is why this album won Album of the Year at the Grammys.

#17 – Norah Jones – “Don’t Know Why” – (2002)

If you haven’t noticed, we’re into the heavy hitters now. This was Norah Jones’ first successful single and it was a cover. She is incredibly talented and has an amazing voice – this won her three Grammys including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal. She’s obviously popular in jazzier circles, but this song let every Top 40 radio listener in America experience her talent and know that she is a musical force to be reckoned with. I know the original mission of this site was to help you find songs you may have forgotten about (or overlooked) but I find it impossible that anyone could have forgotten this song.

#102 – Norah Jones – “Chasing Pirates” – (2009)

The lovely Norah Jones is one of the best artists to come out of the 2000s. She was nominated for a Grammy for this song and didn’t win – the first time that had happened in three nominations. Tell me the vocals on this song aren’t incredible (she lost to Lady Gaga at the Grammys, which is a crime). The jazzy feel coupled with the beating drum gives this song a really cool vibe that you usually don’t find in a song that crosses genres such as pop and jazz. The song wasn’t a huge hit – a top ten in two countries and top 50 in many others. The U.S., of course, while being obsesses with Lady Gaga, really wouldn’t know good music if it ran them over. This song didn’t chart here. Another crime.