Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Swing songs of all time 2017, Swing music, or simply Swing is a form of American music that was very popular in 1930’s and 1940’s. Here, we have selected some of the best swing music that was ever released. Some of our songs are recorded versions that became instant hits after release. Let us take a look:
- 10. Terence Blanchard – In My Solitude
- 9. Fats Waller – Ain’t Misbehavin’
- 8. Frank Sinatra’s version – One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
- 7. Django Reinhardt – Nuages
- 6. Les Brown – Sentimental Journey
- 5. Glenn Miller – A String of Pearls
- 4. Louis Prima – Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
- 3. Kurt Weill feat Bertolt Brecht – The Ballad of Mack the Knife
- 2. George Gershwin – Summertime
- 1. Hoagy Carmichael’s Orchestra – Stardust
Here we present the list of top 10 best Swing songs of all time 2017.
10. Terence Blanchard – In My Solitude
In My Solitude is a swing that war re-recorded in 1994 by American trumpeter Terence Blachard and vocalist Jeanie Bryson. In My Solitude was released by Columbia label.
Terence plays soothing and wonderful melodies on high and low notes that captured many fans hearts. In My Solitude is a fantastic song to listen to. It was originally a swing genre tune but since its re-release, it is classified as jazz. However, it well deserves to be on our list.
9. Fats Waller – Ain’t Misbehavin’
When it comes to swing music, one thing to understand is that what is referred to as swing, we refer to it as jazz. Swing evolved from swing to syncopation, then it was called ragtime, then blues, then jazz and finally back to swing. If you are confused, just think of it as music from the 1930s and 40’s that sounds incredibly similar to jazz.
This tune is a great one to own especially if you have been looking to create an album. It has incredible melodies and you will have a feeling of being transported back in time to when things were much simpler.
8. Frank Sinatra’s version – One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) was written for movie musical The Sky’s the Limit in 1943 and first performed in film by Fred Astaire. One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) became an instant success when Frank Sinatra did a recorded version.
During Frank Sinatra’s career, he recorded One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) several times; in 1947 with Columbia Records, in 1954 for film soundtrack album Young at Heart, in 1958 for Frank Sinatra sings for Only the Lonely; in 1962 for Sinatra & Sexter: Live in Paris; in 1966 for Sinatra at the Sands, and finally in 1993 for his Duets album.
7. Django Reinhardt – Nuages
Nuages is one of best-known tunes by French singer Django. It’s said that he recorded at least thirteen versions of Nuages, which is now a jazz standard and a mainstay of gypsy swing. Originally an instrumental swing melody, English and French lyrics have been added.
Django’s 1940 recording is the first known origin. Since then, this tune has had many recorded versions ranging from as far back as 1942 to as recent as 1953, when Dkango released his final recording of Nuages.
6. Les Brown – Sentimental Journey
Sentimental Journey is a very popular song that was published in 1944. Sentimental Journey was written by Les Brown and Ben Homer, and lyrics written nu Bud Green. In 1945, Sentimental Journey had its first # 1 success. Its release coincided with end of WWII in Europe and became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans.
Sentimental Journey is now a standard with jazz artists and has been recorded by main singers such as Buck Clayton with Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, and a recent re-record by Harry James.
5. Glenn Miller – A String of Pearls
A String of Pearls is a 1941 tune recorded by Glen Miller and his Orchestra on RCA Bluebird. A String of Pearls was composed by Jerry Gray with lyrics by Ediie DeLange. A String of Pearls is a major hit and a standard for big band as well as jazz genre.
A String of Pearls was featured in 1953 Glenn Miller Biopic: The Glenn Miller Story. It also appeared in Mike Nichol’s 1971 film Carnal Knowledge. The Glenn Miller recording was also featured on The Notebook soundtrack album in 2004
4. Louis Prima – Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) is a 1936 tune written by Loius Prima. This song was performed as an instrumental by Fletcher Henderson and most famously by Benny Goodman. Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) was arranged by Jimmy Mundy – unlike most big bands arrangements from that era, limited in length to three minutes so that they could record on one side of their record. This version which Goodman’s band recorded lasted 8 minutes 43 seconds and took up both sides of the standard record.
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing) is still a well-known song and has been used by countless singers in performances worldwide.
3. Kurt Weill feat Bertolt Brecht – The Ballad of Mack the Knife
Originally Die Moritat von Mackie Messer, Ballad of Mack the Knife was composed for Kurt Weill and Bertolt for their music drama Die Dreigroschenoper (The threepenny Opera) which premiered in Berlin in 1928 at Theatre am Schiffbauerdamm.
Ballad of Mack the Knife became a popular standard recording by multiple artists, including a US and a UK number one hit for Bobby Darlin in 1959. It reached num 1 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 6 on Black Singles Charts. Ballad of Mack the Knife earned Bobby Darlin a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
2. George Gershwin – Summertime
Summertime was composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Summertime became very popular and a much-recognized jazz standard and has been said to be one of the finest songs ever written by George Gershwin.
Summertime is now recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with more than 33,000 covers by solo artists and groups.
1. Hoagy Carmichael’s Orchestra – Stardust
If you enjoy swing music, then this is a must have tune. Hoagy Carmichael’s Orchestra first recorded Stardust at Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana. Stardust is a tune about love. After release, it became an American standard and is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century with over 1,500 total recording.
In 2004, Carmichael’s original Stardust recording in 1927 was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to National Recording Registry.
In this article, we have looked at ten best swing music from different artists and bands. Some songs are from solo performers while other are from orchestras. We would love to hear from you; do not hesitate to leave a comment below and let us know which your all time favorite song is