best swing songs for weddings

50 Popular Swing Songs for Weddings

 

 
Swing songs are the best way to get people on the dance floor at your wedding reception. There are many types of swing dances including West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Shag, Jitterbug, Shim Sham, Jive, and Lindy Hop.

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 popularized by Big Bands with charismatic bandleaders; the swing beat has existed before that.

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.

What Is Swing Music?

Swing music was the pop music of the 1930s and was popularized by the Big Bands. Swing rhythm is technically pushing the beat a bit. For the less technical, we just know it makes us want to dance.

“In traditional jazz, swing is typically applied to eighth notes. In other genres, such as funk and jazz-rock, swing is often applied to sixteenth notes.” Wikipedia

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 songs where the beat is swinging. Swing dancing was very popular in the 1920s through the 1940s and saw a resurgence in the 2000s and with Generation Y.

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. Orchestras performed most swing music with many band members. It was very difficult to travel with so many people and make a profit as time went on.

best swing songs for weddings

 

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What are the Best Swing Songs for My Wedding Reception?

The best swing songs for your wedding reception have been listed below. Did we leave one out? Let us know in the comments.

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Swing wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: March 29, 2021

SongAmazon Link
Alan Jackson
Good Time
2008, Country
Alannah Myles
Black Velvet
1989, Rock
Andrews Sisters
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
1941, Pop
Ariana Grande
Into You
2016, Pop
Benny Goodman
Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
1937, Jazz
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Go Daddy-O
1998, Jazz Pop
Bill Haley & The Comets
(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
1954, Rock
Bob Seger
Old Time Rock & Roll
1984, Rock
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Jump Jive An’ Wail
1998, Rockabilly
Bruno Mars
Just the Way You Are
2010, Pop
Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
Feels
2017, Dance
Carrie Underwood
Cowboy Casanova
2009, Country
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Zoot Suit Riot
1997, Swing
Christina Aguilera
Candyman
2006, Pop
DNCE
Cake by the Ocean
2015, Pop
Duke Ellington
Take The ‘A’ Train
1939, Jazz
Ed Sheeran
Shape of You
2017, Pop
Elle King
Ex’s & Oh’s
2015, Rock
Elvis Presley
Hound Dog
1956, Rock
Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane
Down
2017, Pop
Fifth Harmony
Work From Home
2016, R&B
Flo Rida
Good Feeling
2012, Hip Hop
Frank Sinatra
Fly Me To The Moon
1964, Jazz
George Ezra
Budapest
2013, Indie
Glenn Miller
In The Mood
1939, Big Band
Gwen Stefani
The Sweet Escape
2006, Pop
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
Fancy
2014, Hip Hop
Imagine Dragons
On Top of the World
2012, Rock
Janelle Monáe feat. Big Boi
Tightrope
2010, Funk
Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire
1964, Rock
Jessie J ft. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj
Bang Bang
2014, Pop
Jon Batiste
I NEED YOU
2021, R&B
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling
2016, Pop
Kenny Loggins
Footloose
1993, Rock
Kid Rock
All Summer Long
2007, Rock
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
Flying Home
1942, Jazz
Lou Bega
Mambo No. 5
1999, Pop
Major Lazer feat. MØ & DJ Snake
Lean On
2015, EDM
Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Moves Like Jagger
2012, Pop
Maroon 5
She Will Be Loved
2002, Pop
Maroon 5
Sugar
2014, Pop Rock
Matt Nathanson
Come On Get Higher
2007, Rock
Maxi Priest
Close to You
1990, Reggae
Meghan Trainor
Dear Future Husband
2015, Pop
Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake
Love Never Felt So Good
2014 Pop
Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
1982, Pop
Mike Posner
I Took A Pill In Ibiza
2016, EDM
Ne-Yo
Because Of You
2007, R&B
Owl City
Fireflies
2009, Pop
Pitbull feat. John Ryan
Fireball
2014, Dance
Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Timber
2013, Dance Pop
Plain White T's
1, 2, 3, 4
2008, Pop Rock
Queen
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
1980, Rock
Roy Orbison
Oh Pretty Woman
1965, Rock
Selena Gomez & The Scene
Love You Like A Love Song
2011, Pop
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Pride and Joy
1983, Blues
Stray Cats
Rock This Town
1981, Rockabilly
Trace Adkins
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
2005, Country
Tractors
Baby Likes to Rock It
1994, Country
Usher feat. Nicki Minaj
She Came to Give It to You
2014, R&B
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
1967, R&B
Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally
1967, Soul

 

Swing is Fun and Sophisticated

If you are looking for a more upbeat song for your first dance, swing songs are it! Everyone loves to see a groom twirling the bride around the atmosphere. Swing songs have a classification of being more sophisticated and classy. Swing songs are very appropriate for black-tie events. Throughout the years people from all walks of life enjoyed swing music.

Bring Swing Into Your Wedding Reception

Think dancing swing is too hard? It really isn’t. You can include instructions as part of the reception like we suggest for line dancing.

“A lot of people love watching swing dancing but don’t think that they could learn those steps themselves. If you have guests like this, take it upon yourself to teach them a few swing steps. By the time the night is over, they’ll be dancing like old pros.” SwingFever.com

There are variations in style, but for this blog post, we focus on East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing.

 

Other ballroom song lists to read:

Best Swing Songs – East and West

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.

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

  1. In The Mood – Glenn Miller Band
  2. Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
  3. Take the “A” Train – Duke Ellington
  4. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrews Sisters
  5. Begin The Beguine – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
 

Top 4 1990s Swing Revival Songs

  1. Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
  2. Jump Jive An’ Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
  3. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
  4. Go Daddy-O – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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