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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92 20
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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44 12
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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45 14
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

5
37 10
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Duke Ellington

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46 19
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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28 10
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The Andrews Sisters

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23 6
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Benny Goodman

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20 5
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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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Woody Herman

11
18 6
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The Andrews Sisters

12
14 3
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Nat King Cole

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15 4
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Fats Waller

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12 2
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13 3
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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14 4
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Duke Ellington

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21 11
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Bobby Darin

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13 4
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

19
14 5
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

20
11 3
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Charlie Barnet

21
12 4
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Benny Goodman

22
9 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

23
9 2
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Buddy Rich

24
9 2
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Sarah Vaughan

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7 1
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Sarah Vaughan

26
11 5
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

27
17 11
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Les Brown and His Orchestra

28
8 3
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Woody Herman

29
6 1
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8 3
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Buddy Rich

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6 1
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Shep Fields & His Orchestra

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6 1
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Count Basie Orchestra

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

35
7 3
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Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

36
6 2
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Woody Herman

37
6 2
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Harry James & His Orchestra

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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Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

43
4 3
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Count Basie

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3 2
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Johnny Desmond

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0 2
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