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.