Top 50 Best Swing Songs for WeddingsMatt 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 40’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.

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 & 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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