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TOP 200 Swing Era Hits

 

 1. Sing, Sing, Sing - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1937)
  2. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington (1941)
  3. In The Mood - Glenn Miller Band (1939)
  4. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday (1941)
  5. White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)
  6. Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1938)
  7. Stardust - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
  8. Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Glenn Miller Band,

w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (v) (1941)
  9. I'll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

w/Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers (v) (1940)
10. Mack The Knife - Louis Armstrong (1955)
11. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon - The Andrews Sisters (1937)
12. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters (1941)
13. String of Pearls - Glenn Miller Band (1942)
14. At The Woodchoppers Ball - Woody Herman Orchestra

(1939, Decca/MCA)
15. The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me -

Sidney Bechet & His Hot Six (1951)
16. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland (1939)
17. T'Aint What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It) -

Jimmie Lunceford Band (1939)
18. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie Orchestra (1937)
19. Flying Home - Lionel Hampton Band (1942)
20. Blues In The Night - Woody Herman (v) w/His Orchestra (1941)
21. The Man I Love - Benny Goodman Quartet (I) (1937)

// Billie Holiday (v) (live, 1946)
22. I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra (1937)
23. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown Band w/Doris Day (v) (1945)
24. Where Or When - Benny Goodman Trio (I) (1937)
25. Summertime - Sidney Bechet (I) (1937) 
26. Stardust - Charlie Spivak Orchestra (1943-aircheck)
27. Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller (1929)
28. Body & Soul - Coleman Hawkins (I) (1939)
29. Tenderly - Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1946)
30. Sometimes I'm Happy - Lester Young (I) (1943)
31. Straighten Up & Fly Right - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1942)
32. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) - Billie Holiday (1944)
33. Nature Boy - Nat "King" Cole (1948)
34. September Song - Sarah Vaughn (v) w/Teddy Wilson Quartet (1946)
35. Do You Know What It Means To New Orleans? -

Louis Armstrong & His Dixieland 7 (1946, Victor)
36. I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller Band,

w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (1942)
37. Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (1939)
38. Why Don't You Do Right? - Benny Goodman Band w/Peggy Lee (v) (1942)
39. Glow-Worm - The Mills Brothers, w/Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra (1952)
40. Nuages - Django Reinhardt (1940)
41. Rum and Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters (1945, Decca version)
42. Deep Purple - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain, (v) (1938)
43. A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra (I) (1946, RCA)
44. I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire - The Ink Spots (1941)
45. The Trolley Song - Judy Garland (1944)
46. The Christmas Song - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1946)
47. Lady Day - Artie Shaw Orchestra w/Roy Eldridge (I) (1944)
48. It Might As Well Be Spring - Dick Haymes (1945)

// Margaret Whiting (1945) 
49. A Tisket, A Tasket - Ella Fitzgerald w/Chick Webb Band (1937)
50. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey Band

w/Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell (v) (1941)
51. Stormy Monday Blues - Earl Hines Orchestra, w/Billy Eckstine (v) (1942)
52. Marie - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Jack Leonard, vocal (1937)
53. Solitude - Billie Holiday (1940)
54. Moonglow - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1940)
55. Song of India - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1937)
56. Hep Hep The Jumpin' Jive - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (1939)
57. Let's Get Away From It All - Tommy Dorsey Band

w/Frank Sinatra, & The Pied Pipers (1941)
58. Perdido - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (Victor, 1942)
59. If I Loved You - Perry Como (1945)
60. Cherokee - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (I) (1939)
61. Night And Day - Billie Holiday (1939)
62. Stompin' At The Savoy - Benny Goodman Orchestra (1937)
63. Perfidia - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1941, Decca studio)
64. Yes Indeed! - Tommy Dorsey Band w/Jo Stafford (v) (1941)
65. Salt Peanuts - Dizzy Gillespie w/Charlie Parker (1945)
66. Opus One - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1944)
67. The Man From Mars - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (live, 1939)
68. Jumpin' At The Woodside - Count Basie Orchestra (1938)
69. I'll Be Seeing You - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra

(v) (recorded 1940, released 1944)
70. Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (1942)
71. Frenesi - Artie Shaw & Orchestra, (1940)
72. Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman Orchestra (I) (1938)
73. Oh! Look At Me Now - Tommy Dorsey Band

w/Frank Sinatra & The Pied Pipers (1941)
74. Skyliner - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra (1944) 
75. The Gypsy - The Ink Spots (1946)
76. Tangerine - Jimmy Dorsey Band

w/Bob Eberly & Helen O'Connell (v) (1941)
77. And The Angels Sing - Benny Goodman Orchestra

w/Ziggy Elman (I) & Martha Tilton (v) (1939)
78. Taking A Chance On Love - Benny Goodman

w/Helen Forrest (v) (recorded 1940, released 1943)
79. On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer (1945)

// Judy Garland (1945)
80. On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Tommy Dorsey Band

w/The Clark Sisters (v) (1944)
81. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - Fats Waller (1936) 
82. Choo-Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five (1946)
83. Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby (1944)
84. Celery Stalks At Midnight - Will Bradley Orchestra (1940)
85. All The Things You Are - Artie Shaw w/Helen Forrest (v) (1939)
86. Long Ago And Far Away - Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest (1944)
87. I've Heard That Song Before -

Harry James Band w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942)
88. With The Wind and The Rain In Your Hair - Bob Chester Band

w/Delores O'Neill (v) (1940)
89. All Or Nothing At All - Harry James Band w/Frank Sinatra (1939)
90. Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford (v) (1945)
91. Artistry In Rhythm - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (I) (1943)
92. The House Of Blue Lights - Ella Mae Morse

w/Freddy Slack Orchestra (1946)
93. Mr. Five By Five - Ella Mae Morse w/Freddy Slack Band (v) (1942)
94. As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson (1931, re-issued 1942)
95. Skylark - Harry James Band w/Helen Forrest (v) (1942)

// Maxine Sullivan (v) (1943)
96. Personality - Johnny Mercer (1945)
97. Moonlight In Vermont - Billy Butterfield & His Orchestra

w/Margaret Whiting (v) (1945)
98. Fools Rush In - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra (v) (1940)
99. The Mole - Harry James Orchestra (I) (1941)
100. With A Song In My Heart - Doris Day (v) w/Harry James (1950)
101. These Foolish Things - Benny Goodman Orchestra

w/Helen Ward (v) (1936)
102. The Man With A Horn - Harry James & His Orchestra (I) (1946) // Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (I) (1947)
103. Autumn In New York - Billie Holiday (1952)
104. Nice Work If You Can Get It - Fred Astaire (v) // Benny Goodman Trio (I) (live broadcast) (1937, both)
105. Tabu - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
106. Take The "A" Train - Delta Rhythm Boys (v) (1941)
107. This Nearly Was Mine - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (I) (1951)
108. New San Antonio Rose - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (1940)

// Bing Crosby (1941)
109. Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire (1935) // The Boswell Sisters (1935) // Count Basie Orchestra (I) (1949)
110. They Can't Take That Away From Me - Fred Astaire (1937)
111. Tampico - Stan Kenton Orchestra w/June Christy (v) (1945)
112. Blue Moon - Ray Noble Orchestra w/Al Bowlly (v) (1935)
113. Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1942)
114. More Than You Know - Mildred Bailey (1936)
115. Angel Face - Coleman Hawkins (I) (1947)
116. Johnny Come Lately - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (1941)
117. Bandstand Boogie - Les Elgart & His Orchestra (1954)
118. Satin Doll - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1953)
119. Going to Chicago - Count Basie Orchestra w/Jimmy Rushing (v) (1941)
120. The White Cliffs Of Dover - Vera Lynn (1942)
121. Early Autumn - Woody Herman Band w/Stan Getz (I) (1948)
122. Lester Leaps In - Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven

w/Lester Young (I) (1939)
123. Loch Lomond - Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Martha Tilton (v) (1937)
124. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Johnny Mercer & Margaret Whiting (1949)
125. There'll Come A Time (Wait And See) - Red Nichols & His Five Pennies (I) (1928)
126. Stormy Weather - Ethel Waters (1933) // Lena Horne (1943)
127. If I Didn't Care - The Ink Spots (1939)
128. Jukebox Saturday Night - Glenn Miller Band w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (1942)
129. I'll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore (1943) // Martha Tilton (1944)
130. Besame Mucho - Andy Russell (1944)
131. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Red Norvo Orchestra

w/Mildred Bailey (v) (1937)
         //Les Brown Orchestra (recorded 1946 , released 1949)
132. When It's Sleepytime Down South -

Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (1931)
133. Polka Dots & Moonbeams - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

w/Frank Sinatra (1940)
134. I Got A Right To Sing The Blues - Jack Teagarden (1939)
135. You Always Hurt The One You Love - The Mills Brothers (1944)
136. Sent For You Yesterday and Here You Come Today -

Count Basie Band w/Jimmy Rushing (v) (1938)
137. After Hours - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (1940)

// Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1947)
138. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday (1939)
139. I Cover The Waterfront - Louis Armstrong & Band (1933)

// Billie Holiday (1941)
140. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1939)
141. Prisoner of Love - Russ Colombo (1932) // Perry Como (1945)
142. If I Had You - Benny Goodman Sextet (1942)
143. My Blue Heaven - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five (1940)
144. Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington Orchestra (1940)
145. The Man I Love - Billie Holiday (v) (studio, 1939) // Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (I) (1945 remake)
146. Brazil - Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra (1942)
147. Love Walked In - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra w/Bob Eberly (v) (1938)
148. Any Old Time - Billie Holiday (v) w/Artie Shaw Orchestra (1938)
149. For Me And My Gal - Gene Kelly & Judy Garland (1942)
150. Rockin' In Rhythm - Duke Ellington/The Jungle Band

(1931, Decca/Brunswick version)
151. Under An Orange-Colored Sky - Nat "King" Cole Trio

w/Stan Kenton Orchestra (1950)
152. Cow Cow Boogie - Ella Mae Morse (v) w/Freddy Slack Band (1942)
153. Not So Quiet, Please - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Buddy Rich (I) (1942)
154. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons - Nat "King" Cole Trio (1946)
155. So Little Time - Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra (1938)
156. Heaven Can Wait - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Jack Leonard (v) (1939)
157. Sophisticated Lady - Duke Ellington Orchestra

w/Yvonne Lanuaze (v) (1950, Columbia)
158. My Reverie - Larry Clinton Orchestra w/Bea Wain (v) (1938)
159. Little John Special - Lucky Millinder Orchestra w/Dizzy Gillespie (I) (1942)
160. Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa Orchestra

w/Roy Eldridge (I) & Anita O'Day (v) (1946)
161. Ramona - Benny Goodman Orchestra (I) (1942)
162. Eager Beaver - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra (1943)
163. I'll Get By - Dick Haymes w/Harry James Orchestra (1941)
164. Don't Take Your Love From Me - Artie Shaw Band w/Lena Horne (v) (1941)
165. Some Enchanted Evening - Jo Stafford (1949)
166. The Way You Look Tonight - Fred Astaire (1936)
167. Tippin' In - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra (I) (1945)
168. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life - Billie Holiday w/Lester Young (1937)
169. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart - Duke Ellington Orchestra (I) (1937)
         //   Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Martha Tilton(v) (1938)
170. September Song - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945) 
171. The Maid With A Flaccid Air - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1945)
172. Things Ain't What They Used To Be -

Johnny Hodges & His Orchestra (1941)
         //   Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (V-Disc version, 1943)
173. Hit The Road To Dreamland - Betty Hutton (1954)
174. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (1933)
175. Pennsylvania 6-5000 - Glenn Miller Orchestra (1940)
176. Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra

w/Sidney Bechet (I) (1937)
177. Jeepers Creepers - Louis Armstrong (1939)
178. Flamingo - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Herb Jeffries (v) (1940)
179. After You've Gone - Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Boys (1936)
         /Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France

w/Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli (I) (1937)
180. Accentuate The Positive - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (1944)
181. You'll Never Know - Dick Haymes (1943)
182. Sand In My Shoes - Connie Boswell (1937)
182. St. James Infirmary - King Oliver Jazz Band (1930) // Jack Teagarden’s Big Eight w/Ben Webster (v) (1940)
183. Basin Street Blues - Charleston Chasers w/Jack Teagarden (v) (1931)
         //Benny Goodman Orchestra w/Joe Harris (v) (1934)
184. The Coffee Song - Frank Sinatra (1946)
185. Bizet Has His Day – Les Brown Orchestra (I) (1941)
186. Caravan - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra

(1937, Columbia version)
187. Across The Alley From The Alamo - The Mills Brothers (1946)
188. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) -

Bing Crosby & Connie Boswell (1937)
189. Night and Day - Fred Astaire (1933) /

/ Frank Sinatra (v) w/Axel Stohdahl Orchestra (1943)
190. Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Johnny Hodges (I) (1938)
191. I've Got It Bad And That Ain't Good - Duke Ellington Orchestra w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1941)
192. Leap Frog - Les Brown Orchestra (1946)
193. The World Is Waiting For A Sunrise -

Mel Powell Sextet w/Benny Goodman (I) (1942)
194. Let's Dance - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1939)
195. Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet - Ella Mae Morse (1943)
196. Diga Diga Doo - Artie Shaw & His Band (live broadcast-1939)
197. Jump For Joy - Duke Ellington Band w/Ivie Anderson (v) (1940)
198. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (Concerto For Cootie) -

Duke Ellington Orchestra (I) (1944)
         //Stan Kenton & His Orchestra w/Red Dorris (v) (1944)
199. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Dinah Shore (1943)
200. Thanks For The Memories - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross (1938)

 

 

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