50 Popular Swing Songs for Weddings
These are the best swing songs for weddings to get people on the dance floor. There are many types of swing dances including west coast swing, east coast swing, shag, jitterbug, shim sham, jive, and lindy hop. Swing dancing is characterized by an 8-count circular basic or “swing out” and has an emphasis on improvisation. Swing can be danced to any style of music but is primarily danced to Jazz and Blues. Swing dancing was very popular in the ’20s through the ’40s.
Although swing dance styles include west coast swing, east coast swing, shag, jitterbug, shim sham, jive, and the lindy hop. We are going to focus on the east coast swing and west coast swing.
Best Swing Songs
East Coast Swing Songs
East Coast Swing has a 6-count basic step. East Coast Swing is either “rock step, step, step” or “step, step, rock step”. It is danced with uptempo songs. The dancers dance in a circular pattern and utilize a large area. Other variations include jitterbug, boogie-woogie, jive, and lindy hop. East coast swing is a faster dance than west coast swing.
The swing era is from 1935-1945. For more examples of swing era songs, please visit our best of the 1940’s song list. Swing music was created in the early years by big bands with bandleaders. Although the swing era is what we commonly think of for swing music, many current artists have carried the torch including Christina Aguilera, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Brian Setzer Orchestra. Swing era musicians include Glenn Miller Orchestra, Dorsey Brothers, and Duke Ellington.
If you are looking for a more upbeat song for your first dance, swing songs are more energetic and create a groom twirling the bride around the atmosphere. Swing songs have a classification of being more sophisticated and classy. Therefore, making swing songs very appropriate for black tie events. Throughout the year’s people from all walks of life enjoyed the swing music.
In addition, all racial backgrounds performed swing music. It was not just for one type of person from the beginning. However, with the rise of bebop and the Musicians’ Union recording ban in 1942, swing faded away in the hearts of most. In addition, orchestras performed most swing music with many band members. It was very difficult to travel with so many people and make a profit.
What is the jitterbug dance?
The Jitterbug dance is a style of swing dancing that became popular in the early 1900s. It is 6 counts of music with 4 basic steps.
Here is a video of the basic jitterbug dance:
3 Modern East Coast Swing Songs
- 1, 2, 3, 4 – Plain White T’s
- Budapest – George Ezra
- Dear Future Husband – Meghan Trainor
West Coast Swing Songs
Traditional West Coast Swing includes 6-count and 8-count patterns. The dancers dance linearly and in a compact area. Other variations include whip, shag, and push. West coast swing is a slower dance than east coast swing.
3 Modern West Coast Swing Songs
- Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
- Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
- Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Top 5 Big Band Era Swing Songs
- In The Mood – Glenn Miller Band
- Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
- Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington
- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrews Sisters
- Begin The Beguine – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Top 4 1990s Swing Revival Songs
- Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
- Jump Jive An’ Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
- Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
- Go Daddy-O – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swing wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: June 23, 2020
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