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
145 32
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
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66 21
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra
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56 16
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Duke Ellington
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58 19
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
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59 20
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
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36 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
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34 9
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Benny Goodman
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38 13
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Bobby Darin
10
39 14
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The Andrews Sisters
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24 6
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra
12
23 8
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Nat King Cole
13
17 3
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Charlie Barnet
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20 6
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Woody Herman
15
23 9
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The Andrews Sisters
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16 3
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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
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13 3
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Buddy Rich
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14 4
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Benny Goodman
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16 6
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
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21 11
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Les Brown and His Orchestra
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10 1
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10 1
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Shep Fields & His Orchestra
25
11 2
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Sarah Vaughan