The 10 best swing dance songs are easy to listen to and perfect for rocking out on the dance floor. Put on your best dance shoes and baggy pants and put one or two of these songs on the turntable for an evening of fun. Swing used the same title during the late 1920s through the 1940s and has become a term synonymous with a style that moves the dancers around the floor in smooth movements. Swing, now sometimes called jive dancing, Oakie Boogie or blues dancing, has morphed into modern moves and continues to attract dancers around the world.
- "In the Mood" A classic instrumental tune in the original swing tradition, "In the Mood" was recorded in 1939. Glenn Miller arranged the tune in 1940 and it hit the charts with a bullet for swing dancers. The tune kept in the public eye when it was used as a film tune in 1941. The tune continues as a swing dance classic.
- "Put a Lid on It" A modern entry to the best swing dance songs written by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, "Put a Lid on It" brought swing to modern dancers in 1997. The tune is a bit more rocking than the traditional swing era and the lyrics more casual, but the tune does bring the swing.
- "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" Louis Jordan recorded this swing dance song with lyrics that include: "You're stompin' around and shakin' the ground, You're kickin' up an awful dust." It's obvious why swing dancers enjoy hoofing to this classic.
- "Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four" The Andrews Sisters bring the harmonies for swing dancers in this best swing dance song. A solid four is the beat for the dancers and the tune does provide the bounce for adventurous swingers who know how to flip a partner.
- "Jumpin' at the Woodside" Count Basie and his orchestra swing the music for this best swing dance song recorded in 1938 and re-recorded by many orchestras after the first recording.
- "Sing, Sing, Sing" Benny Goodman provides the swing for the room in this dance ditty that has a name that's close to "Swing, Swing, Swing." The original nominee for the best swing dance list was first recorded in 1936 by Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang.
- "One O'Clock Jump" Count Basie and his orchestra again enticing the audience to rock into the night with this tune in 1937. The song is a 12-bar blues ditty that has been re-recorded by many a swing band and danced to by millions of swing dancers.
- "Bugle Call Rag" Glenn Miller's orchestra sounds the bugle during World War II for this classic swing tune. First recorded in 1922, the tune remained a dance classic from that time through the 1940s.
- "Go Fly a Kite" Artie Shaw and his big band orchestra lay down the tune for this 1939 classic swing dance song. With Shaw on clarinet, the orchestra provides the rhythm for swinging couples.
- "Hold Tight" The Andrews Sisters belt out the harmony for this 1940s tune that incorporates lyrics that sound more like a train rather than a group of singing women. "Fododo-de-yaka saki" repeats in the chorus and the singer asks for shrimp and rice while the dancers swing.
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