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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296 86
Benny Goodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
2
266 75
Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Traditional pop music, Jazz
3
211 53
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Piano blues
4
178 42
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music
5
197 50
Duke Ellington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Orchestral jazz, Swing music, Big band
6
267 80
Glenn Miller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
7
263 80
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
140 32
Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band
9
121 28
Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
10
113 26
Count Basie Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
11
119 35
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
95 25
Cab Calloway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
13
116 38
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Torch song, Ballad, Swing music
14
72 23
Jimmy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Dixieland
15
72 26
Gene Krupa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
16
83 35
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
60 21
Fats Waller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Stride, Ragtime, Swing music
18
54 19
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
55 23
Fletcher Henderson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Jazz
20
46 17
Jack Teagarden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band, Jazz
21
8 0
Louis Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Sixx Pack added Jump blues, Ska, Rock music
22
50 23
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Big band
23
45 20
Coleman Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Swing music, Bebop
24
53 27
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
40 17
Jelly Roll Morton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Swing Bands/Artists of All Time
Ragtime, Swing music, Jazz blues