Bands/Musicians The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time  

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This swing bands list ranks the best swing music artists by votes. This list of top swing bands and musicians let’s you see who swing fans think are the best swing music groups. For the better part of the 1930s and 1940s, swing music and swing bands were among the most popular musicians in the world. Using brass instruments and percussion, the best swing music consisted of arrangements that were easy to dance to and was considered the hippest sound, even surpassing jazz music. Soloists in swing bands were the rock stars of their time. Their bouncy music that had rhythm and a beat that could get even the most conservative of person to swing their hips. While many of the best swing music featured these soloists, the best featured memorable singers as well.

So, what are the best swing bands and swing artists? This isn't to be confused with famous swing bands and artists. This lists aims to separate the best swing music from the average. That's why you'll see the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Nat King Cole on here. These swing bands and artists are among the best swing bands and their songs remain classics in the great American songbook. Swing music and famous swing songs are the backbone of popular music, so that's why swing artists have so much respect by other musicians.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are swing bands and swing artists can truly be considered the best. This list answers the questions "who are the best swing bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest swing musician ever?"If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular swing bands that you might've heard of.
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1
250 72
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

2
176 42
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

3
233 67
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

4
168 41
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

5
154 35
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

6
227 68
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

7
226 70
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

8
117 25
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

9
99 20
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

10
97 21
Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

11
102 28
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

12
102 31
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

13
77 21
Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

14
60 19
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Dixieland

15
62 21
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

16
54 17
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

17
73 31
Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

18
45 13
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

19
50 18
Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz

20
40 12
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

21
47 18
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

22
41 14
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop

23
49 22
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

24
41 17
Stan Kenton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz, West Coast jazz

25
34 12
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

26
71 43
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

27
44 24
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

28
28 11
Charlie Barnet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

29
21 6
Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

30
24 10
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

31
22 9
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

32
44 30
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

33
44 30
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music

34
24 12
Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

35
20 9
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

36
25 14
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

37
14 5
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Classical music

38
15 6
Tex Beneke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

39
16 7
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

40
21 12
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

41
16 8
Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Swing music

42
17 9
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

43
20 12
Ray Eberle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

44
12 5
Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

45
13 6
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

46
16 9
Billy Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band

47
12 6
John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz

48
16 10
The King Sisters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz

49
19 13
Louis Prima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

50
8 3
Sidney Bechet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
slaft added Ragtime, Jazz, Dixieland