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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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188 50
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Armstrong Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

2
185 49
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Benny Goodman Swing music, Big band, Jazz

3
137 31
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Count Basie Swing music, Big band, Piano blues

4
141 33
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Duke Ellington Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band

5
119 24
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

6
188 58
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Frank Sinatra Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

7
180 55
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Glenn Miller Swing music, Big band, Jazz

8
89 17
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Artie Shaw Swing music, Big band

9
82 16
Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time

10
80 18
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Tommy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Jazz

11
85 23
Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Nat King Cole Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

12
82 24
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

13
63 20
Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Cab Calloway Swing music, Big band, Jazz

14
64 26
Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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47 15
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jimmy Dorsey Swing music, Big band, Dixieland

16
51 19
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Gene Krupa Swing music, Big band, Jazz

17
44 15
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Fats Waller Stride, Ragtime, Swing music

18
44 16
Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Fletcher Henderson Swing music, Jazz

19
36 11
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Woody Herman Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band

20
36 13
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Coleman Hawkins Swing music, Bebop

21
38 15
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Lionel Hampton Swing music, Big band

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22
42 19
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Django Reinhardt Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz

23
34 14
Stan Kenton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stan Kenton Swing music, Jazz, West Coast jazz

24
30 11
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jack Teagarden Swing music, Big band, Jazz

25
29 11
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jelly Roll Morton Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues

26
60 38
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Swing music, Big band

27
24 9
Charlie Barnet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Barnet Swing music, Big band

28
40 25
Harry Connick, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Harry Connick, Jr. Jazz-funk, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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29
36 22
Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Buddy Rich Swing music, Big band, Jazz

30
20 9
Charlie Christian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Christian Swing music, Big band, Jazz

31
39 28
Brian Setzer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Brian Setzer Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

32
15 6
Charlie Byrd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Charlie Byrd Swing music, Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz

33
17 8
George Shearing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
George Shearing Cool jazz, Swing music, Jazz

34
17 8
Roy Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Roy Eldridge Swing music, Big band, Jazz

35
20 11
Joe Williams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Joe Williams Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

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10 2
Bing Crosby is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Mark Lanzarotta added Bing Crosby Traditional pop music, Easy listening, Jazz

37
16 8
Clark Terry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Clark Terry Swing music, Hard bop, Jazz

38
11 4
Billy Strayhorn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Billy Strayhorn Swing music, Classical music

39
12 5
Swing Sisters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing Sisters Ragtime, Swing music, Big band

40
14 7
Johnny Hodges is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Johnny Hodges Ballad, Swing music

41
17 10
Ray Eberle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ray Eberle Swing music, Traditional pop music, Big band

42
18 11
Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Big Joe Turner Jump blues, Rock music, Swing music

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43
10 4
Tex Beneke is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Tex Beneke Swing music, Big band, Jazz

44
11 5
John Pizzarelli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
John Pizzarelli Swing music, Jazz

45
11 5
Stéphane Grappelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stéphane Grappelli Swing music, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion

46
16 10
Louis Prima, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Louis Prima, Jr. Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz

47
19 13
The Brian Setzer Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
The Brian Setzer Orchestra Jump blues, Swing music, Rockabilly

48
34 28
Michael Bublé is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Michael Bublé Adult contemporary music, Lounge music, Pop music

49
9 4
Bobby Hackett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Bobby Hackett Swing music, Big band, Jazz

50
11 6
Steve Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Steve Lawrence Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music