Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesDancing · 1 decade ago

What are some good swing songs to dance to, like Zoot Suit Riot?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Well, it all depends on what you mean by "good songs". Are you looking for High Engergy? Are you looking for Fast Songs? Are you looking for Slower Tempos to practice your foot work?

    Basically, you're probably into "Neo-Swing", which has a lot higher energy stuff. Here's a list of some songs you might like, although you should look up more songs by the artists:

    (Band Name - Song Title)

    Neo Swing:

    Atomic Fireballs - Man with a Hex

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Big Time Opperator

    Big Six - We The Boys Will Rock Ya!

    Brian Setzer - Jump Jive and Wail

    Buster Poindexter - Wadaya Want?

    Casey McGill - Rhythm

    Cherry Poppin Daddies - Brown Derby Jump

    Flying Neutrinos - Mr. Zoot Suit

    Jive Aces - Planet Jive

    Lavay Smith - And the Tears Flowed Like Wine

    Lee Press on and the Nails - Caldonia

    Phat Cat Swinger - Phat Cat Swinger

    Red Prysock - Hand Clappin

    Royal Crown Revue - Hey Pachuco!

    Stray Cats - Rock This Town

    Steve Lucky - Jumptown

    Squirrel Nut Zippers - Put a Lid on It (more Charleston, but fun)

    Now if you like some of this stuff, you should look into some of the classic jump blues artists and later swing, that really inspired some of the Neo-Swing Sound (like Louis Prima who wrote Jump Jive and Wail) Here are some more suggestions:

    Jump Blues & Later Swing:

    Bette Midler - Stuff Like That There

    Big Sandy - Have Love, Will Travel

    Bill Haley - Burn That Candle

    Colin James - Safronia B

    Louis Jordan - Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

    Louis Prima - 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days

    Peggy Lee - Fever (slower, but an essential swing song)

    Now, you may prefer a lot of this "high energy" sound, but it's always good to come back to the origins of swing and listen to Big Band Music. I don't consider most big band to be high energy becaus 1) Big Band is always better live and doesn't record well and 2) a lot of the best song were recorded in the 30's and 40's when recording technology wasn't as strong as it is today. Never the less, here are some "Must Have" big band songs:

    Big Band Songs:

    Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

    Artie Shaw - Traffic Jam

    Artie Shaw - The Man From Mars

    Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing

    Benny Goodman - Swingtime in the Rockies

    Bill Elliott - Bills Bounce

    Bill Elliott - Camp Hollywood Special

    Count Basie - Jumping' at the Woodside

    Count Basie - Swingin the Blues

    Duke Ellington - Rockin' in Rhythm

    Fletcher Henderson - Christopher Columbus

    Gene Krupa - Drum Boogie

    Glenn Miller - Bugle Call Rag

    Glenn Miller - Jeep Jockey Jump

    Ella Fitzgerald - Too Darn Hot

    Lionel Hampton - Flying Home

    Slim Gailard & Slam Stewart - Palm Springs Jump

    Tommy Dorsey - One O'Clock Jump

    Tommy Dorsey - Well, Git It!

    Anyways, if you are into swing dancing, you should check out these amazing movies on YouTube from the 40's. The style of swing show in the videos is "Lindy Hop"

    Groovie Movie:

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  • 1 decade ago

    Listen to The Stray Cats and you'll find a large variety. You can also go back to some of the originals like Benny Goodman and have a ball - my personal favorite is "Sing sing sing".

  • 1 decade ago

    You can't go wrong with anything by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy or Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

  • 1 decade ago

    Anything by Glen Miller, anything by the Dorsey brothers, anything by Woody Herman.

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  • 1 decade ago

    glenn miller band is another good one. they're an old band, but they've got classic swing songs like "in the mood".

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    squirrel nut zippers has some good stuff

  • owen's right that song sounds cool!

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