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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In the Mood Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

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Begin The Beguine Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

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Mack the Knife Bobby Darin

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Sentimental Journey Les Brown and His Orchestra

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Chattanooga Choo Choo The Andrews Sisters

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Stompin' at the Savoy Benny Goodman

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I'm Getting Sentimental over You Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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Take the A Train Duke Ellington

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A String of Pearls Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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Pennsylvania 6-5000 The Andrews Sisters

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I'll Never Smile Again Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Frank Sinatra

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Perdido Duke Ellington

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Tangerine Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

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Stardust Nat King Cole

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Skyliner Charlie Barnet

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Song of India Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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It Don't Mean a Thing Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

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Woodchopper's Ball Woody Herman

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Cherokee Buddy Rich

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Ain't Misbehavin' Fats Waller

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Dancing in the Dark Sarah Vaughan

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King Porter Stomp Benny Goodman

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The Last Time I Saw Paris Johnny Desmond

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Tuxedo Junction The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Tenderly Sarah Vaughan

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(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo The Glenn Miller Orchestra

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Harbour Lights Shep Fields & His Orchestra

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A Night in Tunisia Buddy Rich

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Opus One Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

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You Made Me Love You Harry James & His Orchestra

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Ya Gotta Try Buddy Rich

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Oh, Lady Be Good Count Basie Orchestra

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Artistry in Rhythm Stan Kenton

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Rusty Dusty Blues Count Basie

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I'm in the Mood for Love Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald

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Tempo and Swing Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra

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Four Brothers Woody Herman

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The Northwest Passage Woody Herman

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On the Sunny Side of the Street Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra