Best Cocktail Hour Songs for Weddings (Big Band, Swing & Ballads)

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Song Artist Genre iTunes
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Louie Armstrong
Big Band
All The Things You Are Artie Shaw
Swing
Americano The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Big Band
At The Woodchoper’s Ball Woody Herman Orchestra
Swing
Baby Wants A Diamond Ring Squirrel Nut Zippers
Swing
Because of You Tony Bennett
Ballad
Begin The Beguine Artie Shaw
Swing
Besame Mucho Dean Martin
Ballad
Besame Mucho Cesaria Evora
Latin
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Andrew Sisters
Big Band
Brown Derby Jump Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Swing
Bunny Hop Ray Anthony
Oldies
Buona Sera Louis Prima
Big Band
Caravan Duke Ellington
Big Band
Chattanooga Cho Choo Glenn Miller Orchestra
Big Band
Che Che Cole Willie Colon y Hector Lavoe
Latin
Cherry Poppin’ Daddy Strut Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Big Band
Clarinet Polka Jimmy Dorsey
Polka
Concerto For Clarinet Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Big Band
Corner Pocket Count Basie/Duke Ellington
Big Band
Deadly Nightcall Royal Crown Revue
Swing
Do Nothin’ Till you Hear From Me Nina Simone
Jazz
Doghouse Polka Babe Wagner
Polka
Drum Boogie Gene Krupa
Swing
Everybody Loves Somebody Dean Martin
Ballad
Falling Leaves Glenn Miller with Tex Beneke
Instrumental
Fine And Mellow Billie Holiday
Jazz
Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra
Ballad
Flying Home Lionel Hampton
Swing
Forever In Love Kenny G
Jazz
Gabriel’s Oboe Ennio Morricone
Classical
Glow Worm The Mills Brothers
Big Band
Green Onions Booker T & The MG’s
Oldies
Hallelujah Chorus George Frideric Handel
Classical
Helena Polka Jimmy Dorsey
Polka
Hey Brother, Pour The Wine Dean Martin Oldies
Highland Cathedral The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Celtic
Hornpipe George Frideric Handel
Classical
Hot Mallets Lionel Hampton
Swing
I Can’t Get Started Bunny Berigan
Swing
I Get A Kick Out Of You Frank Sinatra
Jazz
I Love Lucy Theme Wilbur Hatch & Orchestra
Jazz
In The Mood Glenn Miller
Swing
It Had To Be You Harry Connick, Jr
Jazz
Jack You’re Dead Joe Jackson’s Jumpin Jive
Swing
Jeepers Creepers Louis Armstrong
Jazz
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring Johann Sebastian Bach
Classical
Joy George Winston
Instrumental
Jumpin At The Woodside Count Basie
Swing
Just Because Frank Yankovic
Polka
King Of Swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swing
Kiss The Rain Yiruma
World
Leap Frog Les Brown
Swing
Licorice Stick Polka Jimmy Dorsey
Polka
Linus & Lucy Vince Guaraldi Trio
Jazz
Love’s Theme Love Unlimited Orchestra Instrumental
Lover Man Billie Holiday
Jazz
Luck Be A Lady Frank Sinatra
Ballad
Lush Life Nat King Cole
Jazz
Mack The Knife Louie Armstrong
Jazz
Makin’ Whoopee Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz
Mission Impossible Theme Danny Elfman
Big Band
Moonlight In Vermont Les Brown
Jazz
Moonlight Serenade Glenn Miller
Swing
Mr. Pinstripe Suit Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Swing
My Heart Will Go On James Horner
Classical
Night Time Is The Right Time Ray Charles
Soul
Ode To Joy Ludwig van Beethoven
Classical
On The Sunny Side Of The Street Tommy Dorsey
Swing
On Your Toes The Babe Wagner Band
Polka
One O’Clock Boogie Count Basie
Swing
One O’Clock Jump Count Basie
Swing
Opus One Tommy Dorsey
Swing
Orange Blossom Special Osborne Brothers
Polka
Overture George F Handel
Classical
Pennsylvania 6-5000 Glenn Miller Orchestra
Big Band
Perdido Duke Ellington
Jazz
Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini
Jazz
Pretty Baby Dean Martin
Ballad
Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy
Oldies
Rock & Roll Part II Gary Glitter
Rock
Rocky Theme (Bill Conti) Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Classical
Romeo And Juliet Love Theme Tchaikovsky
Classical
Saudade Vem Correndo Stan Getz & Luis Bonfa
Latin/Jazz
Sentimental Journey Les Brown Band
Swing
Sex And The City Theme London Music Works
Bossa Nova
Sing, Sing, Sing Benny Goodman
Swing
Skyliner Charlie Barnet
Swing
Sleepwalk (Instrumental) The Brian Setzer Orchestra Big Band
St. Elmo’s Fire David Foster
Instrumental
Star Wars Theme John Williams
Classical
Stardust Artie Shaw
Swing
Stompin’ At The Savoy Benny Goodman
Swing
Storybook Love (Princess Bride Theme) Mark Knofler
Classical
Straighten Up And Fly Right Nat King Cole
Jazz
String Of Pearls Glenn Miller
Big Band
Suits Are Picking Up Squirrel Nut Zippers
Swing
Swing The Mood Jive Bunny
Swing
T’ain’t What You Do (Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It) Jimmie Lunceford
Swing
Take The A Train Duke Ellington
Swing
Taking A Chance On Love Tommy Dorsey
Jazz
Tea For Two Dave Brubeck
Jazz
Tequila Champs
Oldies
That’s Amore Dean Martin
Ballad
The Dipsy Doodle Chick Webb & His Orchestra w/ Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz
The Dirty Boogie The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Big Band
The Most Beautiful Girl Harry Connick, Jr Jazz
This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof The Brian Setzer Orchestra Big Band
Tonight Show Theme (Johnny Carson) Bobby Morganstein
Jazz
Trou Macacq Squirrel Nut Zippers Big Band
Trumpet Tune Henry Purcell
Classical
Trumpet Voluntary Jeremiah Clarke
Classical
Tuxedo Junction Erskine Hawkins
Swing
Unforgettable Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Ballad
Volare Dean Martin
Ballad
Walk Don’t Run The Ventures
Oldies
Walkin’ Blues Royal Crown Revue Big Band
We Are In Love Harry Connick, Jr
Jazz
What I’d Say  Ray Charles
Oldies
Wonderful Tonight Michael Buble
Ballad
Your Feets Too Big Fats Waller
Jazz
Zip Gun Bop Royal Crown Revue
Swing
Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Swing

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