The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time Bands/Musicians

The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

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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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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

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    Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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    Swing music, Big band

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Dixieland

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    Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

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    Swing music, Big band

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    Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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    Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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    Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

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    Swing music, Bebop

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    Swing music, Big band

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Jazz, West Coast jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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    Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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    Swing music, Big band

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Louis Prima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

    Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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    Swing music, Big band

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    Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

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    Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

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    Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Ban... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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    Ballad, Swing music

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    Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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    Adult contemporary music, Sacred music, Pop music

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