Best Songs of the 40's
We've calculated our favorite songs of the 40s for Weddings to get people on the dance floor! The 40's were known for big band and jazz styles. During the 40's era, a popular music style, rock and roll, was just being created and has not made it to the masses. The 40's are also known as the era of World War II. Therefore, the music was upbeat to keep people positive and not thinking of the affects of the war.
From the upbeat sounds came a widely popular dance style - the Jitterbug. For the slower songs, dances included the foxtrot and the waltz. For a younger miltary generation, the Jitterbug overtook the slower dances because slow dances were seen as boring and outdated. However, in the mid to late 40's the Jitterbug style recreated itself. It became less energetic and regenerated itself as the beginning of rock and roll. Swing was also a popular dance style of the 40's. Swing dance types include the lindy hop, east coast swing and west coast swing. Two other popular dances of the 40's were the jive, part of swing, and tap.
Popular big band style music artists from the 40's include Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Jimmy Dorsey (brothers), Benny Goodman, and Dizzy Gillespie. 40's jazz style music artists include Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. A form of jazz called scat music, also became popular with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, and Cab Calloway. According to the Encyclopedia Britanica, scat music is a jazz vocal style using emotive, onomatopoeic, and nonsense syllables instead of words in solo improvisations on a melody.
The 40's were stricken with war ending with the finality of dropping the first nuclear bomb. The 40's rekindled women going to work as men were off fighting war. The war also got America out the the depression by creating many jobs. Popular film stars included actors Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. An invention prominent in the music industry took place in 1949 with the rpm 45 record. Although tv debut in 1939 - in 1947, commercial television with 13 stations became available to the public. Radio was the main source for news, music and entertainment in the 40's. Pin-up girls became icons with GIs, such as Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable. A new look for women was introduced after the war ended - feminine dresses with long, full skirts, and tight waists. Men's fashion was at its apex with thier zoot suits.
Our Top 5 40's Era songs for weddings are as follows: 1) Glenn Miller - In The Mood, 2) I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - Nat King Cole, 3) Again - Doris Day, 4) Rum & Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters, 5) Sentimental Journey - Les Brown.
Being former wedding DJs, we've calculated a list of our favorite Songs of the 40's. If you have a special song that you think should be added to our list, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below. Be sure to also check out the song lyric link to find song relevance to what you want for in your song choice. Once decided, we provided a link to iTunes to purchase and Amazon.com to purchase and listen to a sample of each song.
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