music 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.”

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A Night in Tunisia Charlie Parker

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‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk

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Bouncing with Bud Bud Powell

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Billie’s Bounce Charlie Parker

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Salt Peanuts The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

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Song For My Father Horace Silver

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Perdido Duke Ellington

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Donna Lee Charlie Parker

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Manteca Dizzy Gillespie

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Ornithology Charlie Parker

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Four Miles Davis Quintet

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Yardbird Suite Buddy Rich

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Take The 'A' Train Duke Ellington

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Hot House Tadd Dameron

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Groovin’ High Dizzy Gillespie

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Yardbird Suite Charlie Parker

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Ko-Ko Charlie Parker

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Good Bait Tadd Dameron

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Line Up Lennie Tristano

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Joy Spring Clifford Brown and Max Roach

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Airegin Miles Davis

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Sandu Clifford Brown

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Nutty Thelonious Monk

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Epistrophy Thelonious Monk

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Blue ‘N’ Boogie Dizzy Gillespie

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Scrapple From The Apple Charlie Parker

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52nd Street Theme Thelonious Monk

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Hi-Fly Randy Weston