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The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time 

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Updated August 19, 2019 7.7k votes 1.3k voters 94.3k views 221 items

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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Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Nat King Cole is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Stan Kenton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time