From Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to Stan Getz and Roy Hargrove, the best jazz love songs are timeless expressions of the deepest feelings human beings can have.

Popular music in all its many forms has been dominated by songs about love and the mysterious affairs of the human heart, though they come in various guises: some as declarations of undying affection, others as wistful reflections of lost or unrequited love. And there are even those that are vengeful accusations of a love wronged, or tales of amour gone bad. Jazz has had its fair share of all the above, but the best jazz songs are often achingly romantic, with melodies that capture the joyful essence of what it feels like to love and be loved.

With that in mind, we’ve set out to woo you with a sublime selection of some of the best jazz songs inspired by Cupid’s arrows.

Listen to the Jazz Love Songs playlist on Apple Music and Spotify, and scroll down to read our 10 best jazz love songs.