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The Best Big Band Songs 

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Updated April 25, 2020 4.2k votes 1k voters 43.2k views 55 items

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
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Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
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Benny Goodman
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
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Charlie Barnet
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
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Duke Ellington
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Woody Herman
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra
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Harry James & His Orchestra
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Nat King Cole
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra
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The Andrews Sisters
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Benny Goodman
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Bobby Darin
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I'll Be Seeing You is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Big Band Songs
I'll Be Seeing You Jimmy Durante, Jimmy Durante & Gordon Jenkins Orchestra And Chorus
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Les Brown and His Orchestra
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
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The Andrews Sisters
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra