Songs The Best Boogie-Woogie Songs  

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The best boogie-woogie songs feature toe-tapping sounds that inspire listeners to get up, dance, and leave worries at the club door. But what boogie-woogie music? This genre first took off in the 1920s, and while its style is heavily piano-oriented, it is vastly different from ragtime. Over time, what started off as solely blues piano music evolved to include other instruments. Boogie-woogie saw a huge spike in popularity in the late 1930s. Eventually, interest in the genre waned – though its influence can be heard in some rock and roll artists of the '40s and '50s.

Some of the best-known artists to produce top boogie-woogie songs include Albert Ammons, Clarence “Pine Top” Smith, and, more recently, Jools Holland. From Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra’s “Boogie Woogie” to Jimmy Yancey’s “Yancey Stomp," this list of good boogie-woogie songs is a great place to start putting together a playlist.

Looking to learn more about boogie-woogie? The best way is to listen to the famous tunes on this list. Enjoy the videos, and be sure to vote for all of your favorites!

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

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23 12
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Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

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25 15
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Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra

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20 11
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Albert Ammons

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Meade "Lux" Lewis

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8 3
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Jimmy Yancey

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Pinetop Smith

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7 3
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Pete Johnson & Albert Ammons

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6 4
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Count Basie & His Orchestra

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6 4
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Jimmy Yancey

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13 12
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Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

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5 4
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Cow Cow Davenport

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4 3
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Sonny Thompson and His Orchestra

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4 3
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Freddy Martin and His Orchestra

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3 2
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Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

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3 2
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Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra

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2 1
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Maceo Merriweather

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3 3
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Earl Hines and His Orchestra

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5 7
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Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson

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2 4
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Jools Holland

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Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra