Best Swing Songs for Weddings, Top 50Matt Campbell

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These are the Best Swing Songs for Weddings to get people on the dance floor. There are many types of swing dances including west coast swing, east coast swing, shag, jitterbug, shim sham, jive and the lindy hop. Swing dancing is characterized by an 8-count circular basic or “swing out” and has an emphasis on improvisation. Swing can be danced to any style of music but is primarily danced to Jazz and Blues. Swing dancing was very popular in the 20’s through the 40’s.

The swing era is from 1935-1945. For more examples of swing era songs, please visit our best of the 1940’s song list. Swing music was created in the early years by big bands with bandleaders. Although the swing era is what we commonly think of for swing music, many current artists have carried the torch including Christina Aguilera, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Brian Setzer Orchestra. Swing era musicians include Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dorsey Brothers and Duke Ellington.

If you are looking for a more upbeat song for your first dance, swing songs are more energetic and create a groom twirling the bride around atmosphere. Swing songs have a classification of being more sophisticated and classy. Therefore, making swing song very appropriate for black tie events. Throughout the year’s people from all walks of life enjoyed swing music. In addition, all racial backgrounds performed swing music. It was not just for one type of person from the beginning. However, with the rise of bebop and the Musicians’ Union recording ban in 1942, swing faded away in the hearts of most. In addition, orchestras performed most swing music with many band members. It was very difficult to travel with so many people and make a profit.

Our Top 5 Best Swing Songs for Wedding Receptions: 1) In The Mood – Glen Miller Orchestra, 2) Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman, 3) Take The A Train – Duke Ellington, 4) Jump Jive An’ Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra, 5) Flying Home – Lionel Hampton.

Best Swing Songs

Artie Shaw – All The Things You Are

Artie Shaw – Begin The Beguine

Artie Shaw – Stardust

Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing

Benny Goodman – Stompin’ At The Savoy

Bill Haley & The Comets – Rock Around The Clock

Bill Haley & The Comets – Shake, Rattle and Roll

Billie Holiday – Lover Man (Oh Where Can He Be)

Billie Holiday – Solitude

Billie Holiday – Swing, Brother, Swing

Brian Setzer Orchestra – Jump Jive An’ Wail

Bunny Berigan – I Can’t Get Started

Cab Calloway – The Jumpin’ Jive

Charlie Barnet – Skyliner

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – Zoot Suit Riot

Count Basie – Jumpin At The Woodside

Count Basie – One O’Clock Boogie

Count Basie – One O’Clock Jump

Duke Ellington – Take The A Train

Ella Fitzgerald – A Tisket, A Tasket

Elvis Presley – All Shook Up

Erskine Hawkins – Tuxedo Junction

Fred Astaire – Cheek To Cheek

Gene Krupa – Drum Boogie

Glenn Miller – Chattanooga Choo Choo

Glenn Miller – In The Mood

Glenn Miller – Moonlight Serenade

Glenn Miller – String Of Pearls

Jimmy Dorsey – Green Eyes

Jimmy Lunceford – Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It)

Jive Bunny – Swing The Mood

Judy Garland – Over The Rainbow

Larry Clinton Band – Deep Purple

Les Brown – Leap Frog

Les Brown Band – Sentimental Journey

Lionel Hampton – Flying Home

Lionel Hampton – Hot Mallets

Lou Rawls – Nobody But Me

Louis Armstrong – Mack The Knife

Nat King Cole – (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66

Peggy Lee – Fever

Slim Gaillard – Potato Chips

Stray Cats – Rock This Town

The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

The Andrews Sisters – Rum And Coca-Cola

Tommy Dorsey – I’ll Never Smile Again

Tommy Dorsey – Let’s Get Away From It All

Tommy Dorsey – On The Sunny Side Of The Street

Tommy Dorsey – Opus One

Woody Herman Orchestra – At The Woodchoper’s Ball

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