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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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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111 23
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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53 16
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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56 20
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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44 12
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Duke Ellington

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51 17
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

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30 7
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Benny Goodman

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27 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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31 11
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The Andrews Sisters

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22 6
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The Andrews Sisters

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19 5
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Nat King Cole

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27 12
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Bobby Darin

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17 4
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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18 5
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Woody Herman

15
18 5
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Fats Waller

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15 3
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15 3
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Charlie Barnet

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17 5
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

19
15 4
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Duke Ellington

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11 2
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Buddy Rich

21
11 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

22
13 4
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Benny Goodman

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14 5
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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14 5
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

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10 2
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Sarah Vaughan

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8 1
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Sarah Vaughan

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8 1
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18 11
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Les Brown and His Orchestra

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7 1
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Count Basie Orchestra

30
7 1
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Shep Fields & His Orchestra

31
8 2
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Woody Herman

32
9 3
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

33
9 3
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Harry James & His Orchestra

34
9 3
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Buddy Rich

35
9 3
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

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10 4
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra

37
11 5
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9 4
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Woody Herman

39
7 3
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

40
7 3
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Buddy Rich

41
6 2
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Stan Kenton

42
5 3
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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

43
5 3
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Count Basie

44
4 2
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Johnny Desmond

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1 3
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