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

2
121 25
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

3
57 16
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

4
48 12
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Duke Ellington

5
55 17
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

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59 21
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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31 7
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Benny Goodman

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29 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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35 12
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The Andrews Sisters

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31 13
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Bobby Darin

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20 4
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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22 6
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The Andrews Sisters

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21 6
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Nat King Cole

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19 6
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Woody Herman

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15 3
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Charlie Barnet

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15 3
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16 5
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Duke Ellington

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18 7
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Fats Waller

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18 7
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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16 6
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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11 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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13 4
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Benny Goodman

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14 5
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

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9 1
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10 2
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Sarah Vaughan