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This swing bands list ranks the best swing music artists by votes. This list of top swing bands and musicians let’s you see who swing fans think are the best swing music groups. For the better part of the 1930s and 1940s, swing music and swing bands were among the most popular musicians in the world. Using brass instruments and percussion, the best swing music consisted of arrangements that were easy to dance to and was considered the hippest sound, even surpassing jazz music. Soloists in swing bands were the rock stars of their time. Their bouncy music that had rhythm and a beat that could get even the most conservative of person to swing their hips. While many of the best swing music featured these soloists, the best featured memorable singers as well.

So, what are the best swing bands and swing artists? This isn't to be confused with famous swing bands and artists. This lists aims to separate the best swing music from the average. That's why you'll see the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Nat King Cole on here. These swing bands and artists are among the best swing bands and their songs remain classics in the great American songbook. Swing music and famous swing songs are the backbone of popular music, so that's why swing artists have so much respect by other musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are swing bands and swing artists can truly be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best swing bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest swing musician ever?"If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular swing bands that you might've heard of.
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1
146 35
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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2
149 37
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

3
153 40
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

4
126 28
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

5
110 24
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

6
167 57
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

7
80 14
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

8
101 24
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

9
74 14
Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

10
70 15
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
76 20
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

12
73 23
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

13
57 16
Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Cab Calloway Swing music, Big band, Jazz

14
49 17
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

15
43 13
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jimmy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Dixieland

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16
42 13
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

17
42 14
Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Fletcher Henderson Swing music, Jazz

18
54 23
Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

19
42 16
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

20
34 10
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

21
35 13
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

22
32 11
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

23
32 13
Stan Kenton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stan Kenton Swing music, Jazz, West Coast jazz

24
28 10
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

25
7 0
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

26
27 10
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

27
55 35
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swing music, Big band

28
21 7
Charlie Barnet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Barnet Swing music, Big band

29
38 22
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Harry Connick, Jr. Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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30
35 22
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

31
17 7
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

32
18 8
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

33
38 27
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Brian Setzer Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

34
14 6
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

35
16 8
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

36
19 11
Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Joe Williams Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

37
11 5
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stéphane Grappelli Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

38
13 7
Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Johnny Hodges Ballad, Swing music

39
14 8
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

40
17 11
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Big Joe Turner Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

41
10 5
Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing Sisters Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

42
17 12
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

43
13 8
Billy Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billy Butterfield Swing music, Big band

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44
15 10
Louis Prima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima, Jr. Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

45
15 10
Ray Eberle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ray Eberle Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

46
9 4
Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Bobby Hackett Swing music, Big band, Jazz

47
10 5
John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

48
14 10
Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Perry Como Adult contemporary music, Sacred music, Pop music

49
12 8
The King Sisters is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
The King Sisters Swing music, Big band, Jazz

50
10 6
Steve Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Steve Lawrence Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music