50 Best 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 the 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 20’s through the 40’s.
Best Swing Songs
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 east coast swing and west coast swing.
Last Updated: February 27, 2018
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.
West Coast Swing Songs
Traditional West Coast Swing include 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.
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 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 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 1900’s. It is 6 counts of music with 4 basic steps.
Here is a video of the basic jitterbug dance: