Today there will be only two songs of the day, as I'm combining the classical and jazz categories to fit one (somewhat longer) piece, which seems to defy an outright categorization into either--so, without further ado...
Classical and jazz:
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. I'm sticking with the rhapsody theme from yesterday and choosing Gershwin's 1924 masterpiece today. Melding jazz elements with certain aspects of classical composition and orchestration, this 'jazz symphony' is one of the most famous works by an American composer and one of the most famous works of the 20th century. Beginning with an iconic clarinet glissando, the piece features several rhythmic, key, and dynamic changes as it soars around. Gershwin allegedly said that he wanted to capture the sound of New York City in the early 1920s. Since its publication and initial performances, recorded versions of the piece have been featured in several movies and television shows. Enjoy!
Rock and pop:
The Beach Boys, "God Only Knows"
This track, featured on the Beach Boys heavily influential and masterful 1966 album, Pet Sounds, is often ranked as one of the greatest love songs of all time. And for good reason--it's an absolutely gorgeous track. Former Beatle Paul McCartney has cited it as his favorite song. Pet Sounds is ranked second on Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' list, and 'God Only Knows' is frequently cited as the best song on the album. The album is also largely credited with inspiring The Beatles 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Happy listening! And please send me songs if you would like certain ones to be featured!