songs The Best Big Band Songs  

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The best big band songs can instantly get you moving. Whether they inspire you to jump up and dance or just tap your toes to the beat, these top big band songs will put a spring in your soles. And it's no wonder why - the big band era was filled with incredible musicians. Songs composed and performed during this era are truly one of a kind, and among the most memorable tunes in music history.

No famous big bands song list would be complete without mention of The Andrews Sisters. From “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” their hits got everyone onto the dance floor. Famous musicians like Glenn Miller, Cab Calloway, and Benny Goodman were also big names, but each had a first-rate orchestra that added to their performances. The result? A huge wall of sound that inspired the very name "big band."

What do you think makes good big band songs? Take a listen to the songs included here, and be sure to vote for your favorites.

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In the Mood Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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59 13
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Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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A String of Pearls Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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38 11
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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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Begin The Beguine Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

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Take the A Train Duke Ellington

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Chattanooga Choo Choo The Andrews Sisters

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Stompin' at the Savoy Benny Goodman

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Woodchopper's Ball Woody Herman

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Sentimental Journey Les Brown and His Orchestra

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Tuxedo Junction The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Tangerine Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Pennsylvania 6-5000 The Andrews Sisters

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King Porter Stomp Benny Goodman

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Skyliner Charlie Barnet

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10 3
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It Don't Mean a Thing Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller

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Stardust Nat King Cole

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10 4
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Perdido Duke Ellington

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15 9
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Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

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6 1
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I'm Getting Sentimental over You Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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Cherokee Buddy Rich

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I'll Never Smile Again Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra

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Dancing in the Dark Sarah Vaughan

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Harbour Lights Shep Fields & His Orchestra

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(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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A Night in Tunisia Buddy Rich

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4 1
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Ya Gotta Try Buddy Rich

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4 1
Splanky Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Big Band Songs
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On the Sunny Side of the Street Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

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6 4
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Opus One Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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Song of India Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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I'm in the Mood for Love Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

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Tenderly Sarah Vaughan

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The Northwest Passage Woody Herman

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Artistry in Rhythm Stan Kenton

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4 3
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Four Brothers Woody Herman

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You Made Me Love You Harry James & His Orchestra

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Tempo and Swing Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

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The Last Time I Saw Paris Johnny Desmond

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Oh, Lady Be Good Count Basie Orchestra

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Rusty Dusty Blues Count Basie