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Top Ten Songs Of Big Band

Grace Brown, Broadcast, Editor, Writer

Big Band is a social type of jazz music that is based around written compositions and arrangements of a musical ensemble, which is not typical to the usual jazz genre that is focused around improvisation. Big Band was a popular genre of dance music in the early 1900s, hitting its peak popularity in the 30s and 40s with the coming of the swing era. It had people flocking to dance halls to show off their moves through specific dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and the Foxtrot.

The genre of Big Band tends to focus on the sound of a section of instrumentalists, rather than its soloists. Big Band arrangements are frequently written in strophic form, also known as verse-repeating in an ‘AAA’ form, which is then followed by a twelve-bars blues or a thirty-two bar ‘AABA’ form with the potential for improvised solo. Big Bands are made up of four different sections: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and a rhythm section which is commonly made up of guitar, piano, drums, and a double bass. Big Band musicians such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Les Brown, and Count Basie are highly looked up to in the jazz community and continue to inspire modern jazz musicians to this day.


  1. “Dipsy Doodle” by Larry Clinton
  2. “Skyliner” by Charlie Barnet
  3. “Early Autumn” by Woody Herman
  4. “Jumping At The Woodside” by Count Basie
  5. “The Peanut Vendor” by Stan Kenton
  6. “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by Tommy Dorsey
  7. “In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town” by Johnny Long
  8. “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Duke Ellington
  9. “Let’s Dance” by Benny Goodman
  10. “When The Saints Go Marching In” by Louis Armstrong