Songs The Best Bebop Songs  

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The best bebop songs represent the height of this era of jazz music. Bebop is a jazz style which rose to prominence in the mid 1940s, and remains influential today. This bebop songs list contains some of the most famous bebop songs of the era, by some of the most talented jazz artists in all of music history.

While swing era jazz was entertaining to the masses, bebop music was more of an artsy sound – one not usually well-suited for dancing. Many of the top bebop songs were much heavier on technique, and less composed and performed for entertainment. It was an era of true innovation, giving rise to the likes of Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.

In terms of the most popular and influential bebop jazz artists of the day, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie would arguably be the best of the best. You’ll find plenty of their good bebop songs listed here, so if you’re just getting into the era, start there. Few will argue that Parker’s “A Night in Tunisia,” “Ornithology,” and “Donna Lee” shouldn't be on any bebop songs playlist, and the same can be said for Gillespie’s “Salt Peanuts” and “Blue ‘N’ Boogie.”

Enjoy these outstanding bebop songs, watch the videos, and then vote for your favorites!

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81 19
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Charlie Parker
2
34 11
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Bud Powell
3
25 5
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Charlie Parker
4
27 7
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Charlie Parker
5
33 13
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Thelonious Monk
6
21 4
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Buddy Rich
7
20 4
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Charlie Parker
8
30 14
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Horace Silver
9
23 9
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The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
10
19 6
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Charlie Parker
11
13 2
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Dizzy Gillespie
12
15 4
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Charlie Parker
13
17 6
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Dizzy Gillespie
14
13 5
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Miles Davis Quintet
15
15 7
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Duke Ellington
16
10 3
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Clifford Brown and Max Roach
17
11 4
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Thelonious Monk
18
10 4
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Charlie Parker
19
10 4
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Thelonious Monk
20
11 7
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Tadd Dameron
21
8 4
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Thelonious Monk
22
7 4
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Clifford Brown
23
13 12
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Duke Ellington
24
5 5
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Tadd Dameron
25
5 5
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Randy Weston