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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145 33
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

2
132 28
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Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

3
61 21
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The Andrews Sisters, The Andrews Sisters With Vic Schoen & His Orchestra

4
52 15
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Duke Ellington

5
59 20
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

6
56 18
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Artie Shaw & His Orchestra

7
32 6
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Duke Ellington, Rosemary Clooney, Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

8
37 12
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The Andrews Sisters

9
32 9
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Benny Goodman

10
35 13
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Bobby Darin

11
21 5
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The Glenn Miller Orchestra

12
22 6
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The Andrews Sisters

13
21 6
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Nat King Cole

14
20 6
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Woody Herman

15
16 3
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16
15 3
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Charlie Barnet

17
18 7
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

18
12 2
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Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra

19
15 5
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Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie Orchestra

20
16 6
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Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

21
16 6
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Duke Ellington

22
18 8
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Fats Waller

23
11 2
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Sarah Vaughan

24
12 3
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Buddy Rich

25
13 4
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Benny Goodman