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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Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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A String of Pearls Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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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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Chattanooga Choo Choo The Andrews Sisters

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Take the A Train Duke Ellington

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Stompin' at the Savoy Benny Goodman

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Pennsylvania 6-5000 The Andrews Sisters

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Tangerine Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Woodchopper's Ball Woody Herman

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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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Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

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Tuxedo Junction The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The Greatest Rock Band Logos of All Time

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King Porter Stomp Benny Goodman

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Opus One Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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

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Skyliner Charlie Barnet

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Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller

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Stardust Nat King Cole

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Perdido Duke Ellington

The Greatest One-Hit Wonder Songs of the 70s

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Sentimental Journey Les Brown and His Orchestra

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Cherokee Buddy Rich

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Dancing in the Dark Sarah Vaughan

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Tenderly Sarah Vaughan

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A Night in Tunisia Buddy Rich

The Greatest Band Cameos In Movie History

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Ya Gotta Try Buddy Rich

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

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Four Brothers Woody Herman

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

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You Made Me Love You Harry James & His Orchestra

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The Northwest Passage Woody Herman

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Splanky Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Big Band Songs
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Songs That Were Total Ripoffs

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Harbour Lights Shep Fields & His Orchestra

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Oh, Lady Be Good Count Basie Orchestra

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On the Sunny Side of the Street Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

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

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Artistry in Rhythm Stan Kenton

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The Last Time I Saw Paris Johnny Desmond

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Song of India Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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Tempo and Swing Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

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Rusty Dusty Blues Count Basie

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