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The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

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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    The Famous Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1938, 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz ...

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    A Christmas Concert, Past Perfect, Songbook

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    Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, The Blanton–Webster Band, American ...

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    Christmas With the Rat Pack, In the Wee Small Hours, Christmas Songs by ...

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    Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, American Freedom, C'est si bon

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    Ella & Basie: On the Sunny Side of the Street, April in Paris, One ...

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    Côte d'Azur Concerts on Verve, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, ...

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    Giants of the Big Band Era, Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor ...

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    Lady in Satin, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday at Newport, The Best of ...

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    A Swingin' Christmas, Ella & Basie: On the Sunny Side of the Street, ...

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    Merry Christmas, The Magic of Christmas, The Nat King Cole Christmas Album ...

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    Louis Prima: Capitol Collector's Series, The Wildest!, Buona Sera

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    Sentimental Gentleman of Swing: Centennial Collection, Quadromania Jazz ...

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    Swingin' In Hollywood, Presenting, Live in New York 1955-1956

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    A Portrait of Cab Calloway, Minnie the Moocher, Mr. Minnie the Moocher

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    Classic American Music, A Portrait of Fats Waller, Ain't Misbehavin'

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    1924-1938, Ken Burns Jazz: Fletcher Henderson, Jazz Greats

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    City of Glass, Cuban Fire!, Standards in Silhouette

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    Buddy and Sweets, Rich Versus Roach, The Art Tatum

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    What a Night! A Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Blue Light ...

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    Complete Concord Recordings, The Swingin's Mutual!, The Heart and Soul of ...

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    Coleman Hawkins in the 50's - Body and Soul Revisited, Wrapped Tight, ...

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    Christmas Serenade in the Glenn Miller Style

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    The Trumpet Summit Meets the Oscar Peterson Big Four, Yes, the Blues

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    Call Me Irresponsible, White Christmas, First Dance

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    Queens of Song, Swinging on a Star, For You

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    The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album, Latin Byrd, The Return Of The Great ...

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    Breakfast Dance and Barbecue, The Heart and Soul of Joe Williams and ...

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    An Introduction to Charlie Barnet: His Best Recordings 1935-1944, Big ...

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    Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy, Ignition, Wolfgang's Big Night Out

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    Soul Caddy, Ferociously Stoned, Kids on the Street

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    Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits ...

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    Solo Flight: The Genius of Charlie Christian, The Genius of the Electric ...

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    In Cold Blood, The Quintessence, Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux

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    Loose Walk, Jazz Maturity...Where It's Coming From, Wild Driver

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    Grain Of Seed, Swinging at the Elks'

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    Dig That Crazy Christmas, Boogie Woogie Christmas, Ignition

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    Greatest Christmas Songs, Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music, ...

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    Everybody knows Johnny Hodges, Compact Jazz, Creamy

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    The Chronological Classics: Bobby Hackett 1948-1954, Rendezvous, What a ...

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