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HOW TO KNOW TEMPOS BY HEART

 

Listen to these songs below often and sing along to the chorus parts. Memorise the bpm of each song. Click on the link below to hear a piece of each song from 80 bpm to 155 bpm. This will give you a broad spread of the most common range of tempos. For faster or slower tempos than those listed simply double or halve the appropriate song tempo from the list - e.g. for 160bpm sing the first cut is the deepest and then double the tempo. I've included a few song words to help. sing just these then count in e.g. 'it’s criminal how you can…1...2...3...4...'

 

BPM song title – artist ~ line

 

155  All My Lovin' – Beatles ~ Close your eyes and I’ll miss you

150  Crocodile Rock – Elton John ~ I remember when rock was …

145  Times Like These – Foo Fighters ~ it’s times like these you learn to live again…

140  Hard Day's Night – Beatles ~ it’s been a hard day’s night

135  Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC ~ dirty deeds done dirt cheap

130  Twist And Shout – Beatles ~ woah shake it up baby now

125  Hail Caesar – AC/DC ~ all hail Caesar

120  Invisible Man – Queen ~ it’s criminal how you can…

115  Bad – Michael Jackson ~ you know I’m bad, I’m bad

110  Yellow Submarine – Beatles ~ we all live in the Yellow Submarine

105  Anybody Seen My Baby – Rolling Stones ~ has anybody seen my…

100  Aeroplane – Red Hot Chilli Peppers ~ I like pleasure spiked with pain…

95    The Look – Roxette ~ tasted like a raindrop, she's got the look

90    River Of Dreams – Billy Joel ~ in the middle of the night

85    Ironic – Alanis Morissette ~ its like rain on your wedding day…

80    First Cut Is The Deepest – Sheryl Crow ~ the first cut is the deepest

 

tempo examples from 80 to 155 bpm