Best Big Band Songs

October 06, 2020#1990

An internet poll, though absurdly unscientific, asked people to name their favorite big band song. We do a rundown, working our way to end up unmasking the recording that got the most votes.


King Porter stomp — Benny Goodman

Tuxedo junction — Glenn Miller

You made me love you — Harry James

Woodchopper’s ball — Woody Herman

Take the “A” train — Duke Ellington

Begin the beguine — Artie Shaw

I’m getting sentimental over you — Tommy Dorsey

Skyliner — Charlie Barnet

A string of pearls — Glenn Miller

Opus #1 — Tommy Dorsey

Stompin’ at the Savoy — Benny Goodman

In the mood — Glenn Miller

Moonlight serenade — Glenn Miller

Sing, sing, sing — Benny Goodman

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