Common Tempos of EDM Genres in Beats per Minute (BPM)

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We can use the tempo of a song as part of classifying the music genre of the song. Knowing the common tempos of a music genre can help us understand that genre better, which can help, for example, to make songs for that genre. This post is about common EDM genre tempos.

Common Tempos of EDM Genres

Songs within a certain EDM genre have a common tempo range for that specific genre. These ranges are in the table below.

The table shows the genres alphabetically ordered and the common tempos in beats per minute (BPM) for each genre. Also, the table shows the sources from which I found the genre tempo. I tried to find at least two of such sources for each genre.

It is possible to find songs with a tempo outside the tempo ranges in the table since these ranges are only common tempo ranges. Also, people can assign a certain song to the wrong genre or think wrongly about the song’s tempo.

For example, the song ‘Starta Dj Team – Crazy Drummer’ on Beatport is part of the Progressive House genre, and the song’s tempo is 180 BPM. However, by listening to it, I think that song is not part of the Progressive House genre. Also, I think that Progressive House songs don’t have a tempo of 180 BPM.

Another example, the song ‘Lemongrass – Moon and Sun’ on Beatport is also part of the Progressive House genre, and the song’s tempo is 196 BPM. Again, by listening to it, I think that song is not part of the Progressive House genre. Also, I think that the mentioned BPM of that song is wrong, at least from what I can hear in the preview.

It might be possible that there are songs part of multiple genres (or that we want to make such a song). Then such a song has the characteristics of those multiple genres, but it can have more characteristics of one specific genre than it has from the other genres. In that case, the song could have (or get) a BPM from the genre by which it matches the most characteristics.

For a multiple genre song, each of these genres has a common range with a lowest and highest BPM. When we know the lowest and highest BPM of these ranges, we can combine them into a new range, which is the range for the multiple genre song.

EDM genrecommon tempossource(s)
Big Room Houserange: 126—132 BPMBig room house, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Breakbeatrange: 110—150 BPMBreakbeat, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Deep Houserange: 110—125 BPMDeep house, Deep House Music Guide: 4 Characteristics of Deep House, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Drum and Bassaround 174 BPMGenre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis, Using Different Tempos to Make Beats for Different Genres
Dubrange: 60—90 BPMList of Average Tempo (BPM) By Genre, Tempo and genre
Electro Houserange: 125—135 BPMElectro house, Electro house, Электро-хаус, Elektro house, Elektro house, 電子浩室
Forest Psyrange: 150—160 BPMPsytrance Guide
Frenchcorerange: 180—240 BPMFrenchcore, Frenchcore, Frenchcore
Full-on Psytrancerange: 140—148 BPMPsychedelic trance, Psytrance Guide
Future Garagerange: 130—140 BPMFuture garage, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Ghettotechrange: 145—160 BPMGhettotech, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Hardstylearound 150 BPMGenre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis, List of average genre tempo (BPM) levels?
Houserange: 115—130 BPMTempo and genre, Using Different Tempos to Make Beats for Different Genres
Hi-NRGrange: 120—140 BPMHi-NRG, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres
Minimal Technorange: 125—130 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, Minimal techno
Moombahtonrange: 100—128 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, Moombahton
Night Full-on Psytrancerange: 145—150 BPMPsytrance Guide
Offbeat Psytrancerange: 134—140 BPMPsytrance Guide
Progressive Houserange: 120—135 BPMList of Average Tempo (BPM) By Genre, Progressive house
Psybreaksrange: 130—138 BPMPsytrance Guide
Psytrancerange: 138—142 BPM or range: 140—145 BPMGenre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis, Psytrance Guide
Synthwaverange: 80—140 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, What BPM Is Synthwave Music In? (50 Songs Examined)
Tech Housearound 125 BPMElectronic Music Genres: An A-Z Guide for Music Producers, Genre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis
Technorange: 120—150 BPMGenre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis, List of Electronic Dance Music Genres, Techno
Trancerange: 125—150 BPMGenre Classification of Electronic Dance Music Using Spotify’s Audio Analysis, Trance music
Tribal Psytrancerange: 136—140 BPMPsytrance Guide
Tropical Houserange: 100—115 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, Tropical house
UK Funkyaround 130 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, UK funky
UK Garagearound 130 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, UK garage
UK Hard Housearound 150 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, UK hard house
Uplifting Trancerange: 128—140 BPMUplifting trance, Uplifting Trance
Zoukrange: 120—145 BPMList of Electronic Dance Music Genres, Zouk

Closing Words

Hopefully, you have learned something from the mentioned common tempos of EDM genres.

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By Markus Kreukniet

Markus Kreukniet is an electronic dance music (EDM) producer and founder of Passion for EDM. He wants to share his EDM knowledge with the rest of the world. Read more about Markus Kreukniet

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