Play Swing and Big Band Music at Your Wedding Reception
Swing Music is predominantly “Happy Music”. There is rhythm; there is beat. Hence, Swing music can be played at wedding receptions to the delight of guests and bring the party to the dance floor. In fact, people who are in love with ‘rhythm and romance’ will really enjoy the upbeat and yet romantic music of the Big Bands to the fullest. The ‘mood’ that Big Band music often creates can leave your guests with a sensation of class, sophistication and musical satisfaction. In this fast-paced age, Swing music can help you embrace life with happiness and joy.
Swing Songs for a Wedding Playlist
There are innumerable Swing songs for special occasions like weddings. From artists like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong, all have something to offer for your wedding. Let us take a look at some of these Swing songs that you can play at your wedding reception party:
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm — Ella Fitzgerald
Written by Irving Berlin and sung by the Queen of Jazz, this song is a beautiful romantic number that was featured in the musical film “On the Avenue” in 1937. It can invoke feelings of love and romance in your married life forever.
All The Way — Frank Sinatra
This pop song by Frank Sinatra was also sung by Billie Holiday, a few months prior to her death in 1959. You will get it in the album “Last Recordings”.
It’s De-Lovely — Sarah Vaughn
“The night is young, the skies are clear / So if you want to go walking, dear, / It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely”. Amazing lyrics, right? It is the perfect song for the couple to start a dance.
Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love) — Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
This is an amazing song for lovers of all age groups. You can even make your parents dance to this romantic number in your reception.
Someone To Watch Over Me — Frank Sinatra
Romance was Swing’s main theme and this song is another proof of the simplicity of romance in the Swing Era.
They Can’t Take That Away From Me — Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
It is a 1937 song written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Ella and Louis did justice to this song with their melodious voices.
You Do Something To Me — Frank Sinatra
The Cole Porter’s song performed by Frank Sinatra as well as other artists like Marlene Dietrich, Mario Lanza, Susannah McCorkle, Doris Day is another great song for the married couple.
In The Mood — The Glenn Miller Band
Featured in the movie “Sun Valley Serenade”, this Big Band song is apt for wedding celebrations. In 1940, it topped the music charts consistently for 13 weeks in the US.
Other Swing Songs To Enhance Your Celebrations
Some other amazing Swing numbers that can lend a feeling of wholeness to your entire celebrations are:
- You Stepped Out Of A Dream — Sarah Vaughn
- Chattanooga Cho Choo — The Glenn Miller Band
- I Get A Kick Out Of You — Frank Sinatra
- Always — Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstein
- Ain’t Misbehavin’ — Louis Armstrong
- All The Things You Are — Artie Shaw
- Caravan — Duke Ellington
- Begin The Beguine — Artie Shaw
- Fine And Mellow — Billie Holiday
- Lover Man — Billie Holiday
- One O’Clock Jump — Count Basie
- Perdido — Duke Ellington
These 20 songs can make your feet dance and leap in the joy of new beginnings. Swing music in the USA is doing the rounds again and your wedding is a great time to introduce Big Band music to younger generations. If they like it (the chances are huge), they can volunteer in any Swing and Big Band Preservation Society in the USA to keep the music alive for generations to come. You can be the pioneer in setting the trend and your wedding will remain in the memories of your guests forever. So, why not ditch the rock with forgettable lyrics and embrace the romance and fun of Swing for a change?
Author Bio — Craig Roberts is a Swing and Big Band music enthusiast who loves to share his immense knowledge of Jazz music through his articles. He hosts a set of programs at Swing Street Radio and has a collection of over 15,000 original recordings from the Swing Era. He also volunteers with the Swing & Big Band Preservation Society in the US to make Swing available to the future generations.