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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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

2
116 29
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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47 14
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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48 16
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

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51 19
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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38 11
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Duke Ellington

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26 7
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Benny Goodman

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29 11
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The Andrews Sisters

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20 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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16 4
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Nat King Cole

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18 6
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The Andrews Sisters

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24 12
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Bobby Darin

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16 5
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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16 5
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Woody Herman

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16 5
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Fats Waller

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13 3
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Charlie Barnet

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14 4
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

18
14 4
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Duke Ellington

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12 3
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13 4
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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10 2
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Buddy Rich

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12 4
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Benny Goodman

23
9 2
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Sarah Vaughan

24
9 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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12 5
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

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7 1
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Sarah Vaughan

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17 11
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Les Brown and His Orchestra

28
6 1
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6 1
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Shep Fields & His Orchestra

30
6 1
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Count Basie Orchestra

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8 3
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

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8 3
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Buddy Rich

33
9 5
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8 4
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra

35
8 4
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Woody Herman

36
7 3
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Harry James & His Orchestra

37
6 2
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Woody Herman

38
6 3
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

39
6 3
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Buddy Rich

40
5 2
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Stan Kenton

41
5 3
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

42
4 3
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Count Basie

43
4 3
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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

44
3 2
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Johnny Desmond

45
0 3
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