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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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Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
2
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
3
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
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
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
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
7
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
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band
9
Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
10
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
11
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
Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
13
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
14
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Dixieland
15
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
16
Louis Prima is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Jump blues, Swing music, Traditional pop music
17
Woody Herman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Cool jazz, Swing music, Big band
18
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
19
Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz
20
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
21
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band
22
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop
23
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues
24
Django Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Romani music, Gypsy jazz
25
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band