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
140 32
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

3
55 16
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Duke Ellington

4
62 21
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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59 20
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

6
57 19
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

7
35 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

8
34 9
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Benny Goodman

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38 13
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The Andrews Sisters

10
37 13
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Bobby Darin

11
22 5
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

12
22 7
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Nat King Cole

13
20 6
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Woody Herman

14
22 8
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The Andrews Sisters

15
16 3
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15 3
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Charlie Barnet

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19 7
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

18
13 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

19
13 3
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Buddy Rich

20
16 6
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

21
18 8
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Fats Waller

22
10 1
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11 2
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Sarah Vaughan

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13 4
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Benny Goodman

25
15 6
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra