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I've been told before that a genre such as drum and bass averages a BPM of 160-180, whereas dubstep is around 140 BPM and hip-hop is around 115 BPM.

Does anyone know where I can get a list of popular genres with their average BPM?

  • I think the BPM Database could help you, but you'll have to carry out the computation of the average yourself by retrieving all songs under a given genre. – Anthony Labarre Nov 9 '11 at 13:00
  • the stupid protection status of this question doesn't allow me to post this as an answer (if I don't lose a week or something pretending to bother about other people's ignorance) but here's a very good list of tempos: classical, jazz, and organized by dance genre. It also specifies a catch with songs that tend to be written "alla breve". – ZJR Aug 16 '16 at 17:51
  • The question is so vague I can't help but want to down vote with all I have. – David J. Liszewski Oct 16 '20 at 1:53
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Let's start a list!

  • Hip Hop is around 80-115 BPM

  • Triphop / Downtempo around 90-110 BPM

  • Concert marches are typically ~120 BPM.

  • House varies between 118 and 135 BPM

    • UK garage/2-step is usually between 130-135 BPM
    • UK funky is around 130 BPM
  • Techno 120-160 BPM

    • Generally around 120-135
    • Acid Techno 135-150
    • Schranz around 150
  • Dubstep is around 140 BPM 70's to 100 (mostly 80-90)

    • Dubstep is not 140 BPM. I don't know why that number gets thrown around, but most dubstep is from the 70's to 100, with most falling in-between 80 and 90. In many songs it's often for a double-time break to happen, at which point it will reach 140~200, respectively, but it shouldn't be timed that way. – n_b
    • *Dubstep is 70 - 75 BPM, which is equivalent to 140 - 150 BPM depending on if you count the snare on the 2 and 4 or the 3 of the measure.
  • Screamers are usually 130-150 BPM

  • Hardstyle is around 150 BPM

  • Juke/Footwork is around 160 BPM

  • Drum and Bass averages a BPM of 160-180

    • Oldschool jungle is around 160-170
    • Drum & Bass and Drumstep and Neurofunk 170-180
  • Grime 140 BPM

Some of the basic tempo markings

  • Largo is 40-60 BPM
  • Larghetto is 60-66 BPM
  • Adagio is 66-76 BPM
  • Andante is 76-108 BPM
  • Moderato is 108-120 BPM
  • Allegro is 120-168 BPM
  • Presto is 168-200 BPM
  • Prestissimo is 200+ BPM

See the discussion on the terms Lento and Agitato as they relate to tempo.

  • Good list, but the ones from "Largo" and down are tempo notations itself, although a lot of composers have used the notations as part of the piece name. – awe Aug 28 '13 at 9:01
  • Also, take a look at Wikipedia article about Tempo (markings) and BPM. Some genre like Speedcore can achieve extreme tempo above 300 BPM. – Andrew T. Oct 13 '14 at 5:36
  • Dubstep is produced with DAWs at 140BPM, But If you see how the Rhythm goes Musically it's actually 70BPM – RishiNandha Vanchi Mar 3 '20 at 8:22
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Classical music averages around 120-140 BPM.

When you consider the tempos there's an even broader range.

  • < 30 Grave
  • 40-50 Largo
  • 51-60 Larghetto
  • 61-76 Adagio (usually around 72)
  • 77-83 Andantino (slower than andante)
  • 84-90 Andante
  • 90-100 Andante Moderato
  • 100-115 Moderato
  • 116 Allegro Moderato
  • 117-119 Allegretto
  • 120-160 Allegro
  • 130 (around) Allegro con Brio
  • 140-160 Molto Allegro
  • 161-170 Allegro Vivace
  • 171-179 Vivace
  • 180-199 Presto
  • 200 (and above) Prestissimo

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