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.”

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

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Charlie Parker

2
18 6
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Bud Powell

3
20 9
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Thelonious Monk

4
21 10
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Horace Silver

5
12 3
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Dizzy Gillespie

6
12 3
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Buddy Rich

7
13 4
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Charlie Parker

8
17 8
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The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet

9
12 4
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Charlie Parker

10
12 4
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Charlie Parker

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13 6
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Charlie Parker

12
7 2
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Dizzy Gillespie

13
8 3
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Charlie Parker

14
10 5
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Duke Ellington

15
10 5
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Duke Ellington

16
7 3
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Thelonious Monk

17
7 4
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Miles Davis Quintet

18
5 4
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Charlie Parker

19
4 3
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Clifford Brown and Max Roach

20
4 3
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Thelonious Monk

21
5 6
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Tadd Dameron

22
3 4
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Randy Weston

23
3 4
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Thelonious Monk

24
2 4
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Clifford Brown

25
2 5
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Tadd Dameron

26
2 5
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Lennie Tristano

27
3 7
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3 7
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Dizzy Gillespie

29
3 7
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2 7
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Miles Davis

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