Top Big Band Songs


Rank All Time Artist Song Subgenre(s) Other Genre(s) Year
1
594
Glenn Miller In the Mood Swing 1939
2
723
Count Basie One O'Clock Jump Swing 1937
3
760
Duke Ellington Take the "A" Train Swing 1941
4
916
Benny Goodman Sing, Sing, Sing Swing 1937
5
953
Lionel Hampton Flying Home 1942
6
1066
Duke Ellington Black, Brown and Beige/Come Sunday 1943
7
1078
Dizzy Gillespie Manteca Afro-Cuban Jazz 1947
8
1086
Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra with George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Modern Classical 1924
9
1099
Duke Ellington Black and Tan Fantasy 1927
10
1138
Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade Swing 1939
11
1173
Les Brown & His Orchestra Sentimental Journey Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz 1944
12
1460
Bunny Berigan I Can't Get Started 1936
13
1682
Kate Smith God Bless America Traditional Pop 1938
14
1765
Benny Goodman Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Solo Flight Swing 1943
15
1819
Duke Ellington Caravan Swing 1937
16
1881
Stan Kenton Artistry in Rhythm 1945
17
2011
Paul Whiteman Whispering 1920
18
2036
Duke Ellington Ko-Ko Swing 1940
19
2144
Duke Ellington Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue 1956
20
2295
Duke Ellington It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Swing 1932
21
2347
Louis Armstrong Star Dust 1931
22
2411
Artie Shaw Star Dust Swing 1940
23
2611
Nina Simone Feeling Good Soul Jazz 1965
24
2754
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Moten's Swing Swing 1933
25
2832
Woody Herman Four Brothers 1948
26
2941
Jelly Roll Morton Black Bottom Stomp Dixieland 1926
27
3072
Duke Ellington In a Sentimental Mood 1935
28
3219
Count Basie April in Paris Rhythm & Blues 1955
29
3220
Benny Goodman King Porter (Stomp) Swing 1935
30
3457
Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea Swing, Traditional Pop 1959
31
3640
Woody Herman Early Autumn Dixieland, Swing 1949
32
3693
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Martha Tilton and Ziggy And the Angels Sing Vocal Jazz 1939
33
3757
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra feat. Charlie Christian Seven Come Eleven Swing 1940
34
3828
Charlie Christian Swing to Bop [Topsy] Swing 1941
35
3852
Betty Hutton It Had to Be You Vocal Jazz 1944
36
3909
Duke Ellington Cotton Tail Swing 1940
37
4137
Duke Ellington Harlem Air-Shaft 1940
38
4175
Count Basie Lil' Darlin' Swing 1958
39
4489
Duke Ellington Reminiscing in Tempo 1935
40
4590
Duke Ellington Concerto for Cootie 1940
41
4601
Harry Richman Puttin' On the Ritz Vocal Jazz 1930
42
4611
Benny Goodman Don't Be That Way Swing 1938
43
4715
Louis Prima Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody Swing, Traditional Pop 1956
44
4884
Quincy Jones Soul Bossa Nova Bossa Nova 1962
45
5111
Fletcher Henderson Queer Notions Swing 1933
46
5315
Henry Mancini Peter Gunn Television Music 1958
47
5357
Fletcher Henderson Copenhagen 1924
48
5630
Isham Jones Orchestra It Had to Be You Dixieland 1924
49
5805
Jelly Roll Morton Grandpa's Spells 1923
50
5924
Jelly Roll Morton Doctor Jazz-Stomp 1927
51
5928
Glenn Miller A String of Pearls Vocal Jazz 1941
52
6038
Stan Kenton City of Glass (Suite) Experimental Big Band, Progressive Big Band 1952
53
6058
Glenn Miller Tuxedo Junction Swing 1940
54
6103
Glenn Miller Chattanooga Choo Choo Swing, Vocal Jazz 1941
55
6113
Fletcher Henderson The Stampede 1926
56
6197
Lalo Schifrin Mission: Impossible Television Music 1967
57
6354
Tommy Dorsey Marie Swing 1937
58
6539
Glenn Miller That Old Black Magic Vocal Jazz 1943
59
6552
Harry James & His Orchestra Sleepy Lagoon 1942
60
6554
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra Sunrise Serenade 1939
61
6723
Jelly Roll Morton Dead Man Blues Dixieland 1926
62
6947
Louisiana Rhythm Kings Basin Street Blues 1929
63
6999
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra South 1925
64
7047
Duke Ellington Sepia Panorama 1940
65
7083
Benny Goodman Moonglow 1934
66
7178
Frankie Trumbauer I'm Coming Virginia Dixieland 1927
67
7263
Tommy Dorsey feat. Edythe Wright Star Dust 1936
68
7293
Duke Ellington I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good Vocal Jazz 1941
69
7329
Woody Herman Apple Honey 1945
70
7435
Charlie Haden Song for Ch Experimental Big Band 1970
71
7505
Duke Ellington The Mooche Swing 1928
72
7547
Dizzy Gillespie Things to Come 1947
73
7584
Count Basie Orchestra with Joe Williams Every Day (I Have the Blues) 1955
74
7719
David Bowie Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) Experimental Big Band Experimental Rock 2014
75
7898
Duke Ellington Rockin' in Rhythm Dixieland 1931
76
8043
Woody Herman Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) Swing 1941
77
8248
Count Basie Jumpin' at the Woodside Swing 1938
78
8429
Miles Davis Summertime 1959
79
8516
Benny Goodman Sextet feat. Charlie Christian Breakfast Feud 1941
80
8557
Benny Goodman & Charlie Christian Stompin' at the Savoy Swing 1936
81
8575
Count Basie Swinging the Blues 1938
82
8624
Benny Goodman Avalon Dixieland 1937
83
8671
Woody Herman Laura 1945
84
9494
Duke Ellington Never No Lament (Don't Get Around Much Anymore) 1940
85
9529
Golden Gate Orchestra Charleston 1925
86
9723
Benny Goodman Goody-Goody 1936
87
9724
Benny Goodman (with Ella Fitzgerald) Goodnight, My Love 1936
88
9729
Glenn Miller (I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo Vocal Jazz 1942
89
9747
Ted Weems & His Orchestra Heartaches 1933
90
9753
Horace Heidt and His Brigadiers Ti-Pi-Tin Vaudeville 1938
91
9794
Duke Ellington Main Stem 1944
92
9846
Harry James & His Orchestra You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) Standards, Vocal Jazz 1941
93
9884
Rudy Vallée Stein Song (University of Maine Fighting Song) Traditional Pop 1930
94
9935
Les Brown & His Orchestra I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm 1948
95
9939
Ben Selvin's Novelty Orchestra Dardanella Classical Waltz, Dixieland 1920

Songs "bubbling under" the all-time top 10000:
Woody Herman Sabre Dance Dixieland, Swing 1948
Vaughn Monroe Ballerina 1947
Ray Noble & His Orchestra Linda 1947
Duke Ellington Sophisticated Lady 1933
Maria Schneider Cerulean Skies Progressive Big Band 2007
Tommy Dorsey Song of India Swing 1937
Benny Goodman Sometimes Im Happy Swing 1935
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra feat. Roy Eldridge After You've Gone 1941
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest Skylark Vocal Jazz 1942
Glenn Miller Star Dust 1940
Alvino Rey Orchestra Deep in the Heart of Texas Swing 1941
Count Basie Taxi War Dance Swing 1939
Ben Bernie Sweet Georgia Brown 1925
Harry James & His Orchestra with Helen Forrest I've Heard That Song Before Vocal Jazz 1942
Duke Ellington The Clothed Woman Swing 1948
Paul Whiteman Valencia ( A Song of Spain) 1926
Artie Shaw Dancing in the Dark 1941
Jimmie Lunceford White Heat 1934
Woody Herman Blue Flame Swing 1941
Gil Evans Las Vegas Tango Experimental Big Band Post-Bop 1964
Duke Ellington Prelude to a Kiss 1938
Fletcher Henderson Sugar Foot Stomp Dixieland 1925
Fletcher Henderson Variety Stomp 1927
Tommy Dorsey On the Sunny Side of the Street Vocal Jazz 1945
Duke Ellington The "C" Jam Blues 1942
Duke Ellington Daybreak Express 1934
Duke Ellington In a Mellotone 1940
Duke Ellington The Star-Crossed Lovers 1957
Bill Conti Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") Progressive Big Band Film Score 1976
Benny Goodman Blue Skies Swing 1935
Duke Ellington Blood Count Swing 1968
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Toby Swing 1933
Lionel Hampton When Lights Are Low 1939
Glenn Miller Moonlight Cocktail Vocal Jazz 1942
Glenn Miller Song of the Volga Boatmen Swing 1941
Paul Whiteman Three O'Clock in the Morning 1922
Isham Jones Orchestra I'll See You in My Dreams 1925
Jimmy Dorsey Tangerine Swing, Vocal Jazz 1942
Hal Kemp Where or When 1937
Jimmy Dorsey Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) Rhumba, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz 1941
Thad Jones and Mel Lewis St. Louis Blues 1968
Benny Goodman One O'Clock Jump Swing 1938
Benny Goodman Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Vocal Jazz 1945
Maria Schneider Evanescence Progressive Big Band 1994
Frankie Trumbauer Riverboat Shuffle Swing 1927
Count Basie Doggin Around Swing 1938
Fred Astaire Puttin' On the Ritz Swing, Traditional Pop 1930
Jimmie Lunceford Stratosphere 1934
Count Basie Shiny Stockings Swing 1957
Charlie Barnet Skyliner Swing 1945
Louis Prima Jump, Jive an' Wail Swing, Traditional Pop 1956
Stan Kenton 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West Progressive Big Band 1953
Count Basie with Jimmy Rushing Goin' to Chicago Blues Swing, Vocal Jazz 1941
Frank Sinatra & Duke Ellington Indian Summer Vocal Jazz 1968