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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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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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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

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

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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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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

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Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

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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

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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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

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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Fletcher Henderson Swing music, Jazz

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

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Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jimmy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Dixieland

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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

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Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

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Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

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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

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Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

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

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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

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Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 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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George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

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Charlie Barnet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Barnet Swing music, Big band

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Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Joe Williams Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

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Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Brian Setzer Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Johnny Hodges Ballad, Swing music

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

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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Big Joe Turner Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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

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Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stéphane Grappelli Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

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Quincy Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Quincy Jones Hip hop music, Pop music, Rock music

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Billy Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billy Butterfield Swing music, Big band

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Dexter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Dexter Gordon Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

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Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Bobby Hackett Swing music, Big band, Jazz

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Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billy Strayhorn Swing music, Classical music

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Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Sidney Bechet Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

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Louis Prima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima, Jr. Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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Joe Marsala is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Joe Marsala Swing music, Dixieland

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Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Michael Bublé Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music