Top 10 150-160 BPM Songs

These are songs playing at 150 to 160 bpm (37.5 to 40 measures/bars/notes per minute). Allegro is anywhere from 120 to 156 bpm (30 to 39 measures/bars/notes per minute) & 156 bpm is where vivace begins.
The Top Ten
1 Shake It Off - Taylor Swift Shake It Off - Taylor Swift Cover Art

It's the top song of her album 1989 & her most intense there. It's a true 160 bpm (40 measures/bars/notes per minute) & is the symbol of such songs. Despite the Toni Basil & Avril Lavigne vibes (thanks to songs like Mickey & Girlfriend), it topped the pop & dance charts along with the Billboard yet it's her biggest selling & most successful hit to this day.

2 Happy - Pharrell Williams Happy - Pharrell Williams Cover Art

It's 160 bpm (40 measures/bars/notes per minute) & is viewed as the brother of Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Although it sounded cheesy, it blew up on the charts including #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 & surpassed I Got a Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas as the highest selling single of the 21st century at the time.

3 Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson Cover Art

It's obviously his most famous hit & it was 159.6 bpm (39.9 measures per minute) in the single version though the album version played at 159.8 bpm (39.95 bars/notes per minute) & it was made back when Michael Jackson was young & a member of the Jackson 5. R.I.P. Joe Jackson.

4 Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man Feel It Still - Portugal. The Man Cover Art

The grand hit by Portugal the Man earned its title, though it was 158 bpm (39.5 measures per minute) & honestly it would've sounded better at 160 bpm (40 bars/notes per minute) especially given the instruments & melody & it would've become a top sibling of 3 songs (including Happy by Pharrell Williams & Shake It Off by Taylor Swift). It's his only high charting & selling song, therefore he's a 1 hit wonder.

5 Potential Breakup Song - Aly & Aj Potential Breakup Song - Aly & Aj Cover Art

It was a smash hit to children & teens when it came out, though it was 158 bpm (39.5 measures per minute) which's a somewhat uneven pace compared the potential of 160 bpm (40 bars/notes per minute) which more people of all ages understand & would've been the girly teen pop mark of it. It did go high on multiple charts & streams yet was their most successful hit to this day, even leading to an explicit & modern version for the TikTok audience & slander towards 2020.

6 Gimme Love - Joji Gimme Love - Joji Cover Art

It's a 1 of a kind hit by Joji though it was almost like a homage to the Prodigy's music (R.I.P. Keith Flint) break dance music. It was 158 bpm (39.5 measures per minute) though 160 (40 bars/notes per minute) would've sounded good too.

7 Who are You - The Who Who are You - The Who Cover Art

The most successful song by The Who. It played at 156.4 bpm (39.1 measures/bars/notes per minute) though, but rock music is usually uneven in pacing since it's commonly made with regular instruments.

8 Oh Santa! - Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson & Ariana Grande Oh Santa! - Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson & Ariana Grande Cover Art

Mariah Carey's music is usually slow & R&B, but her Christmas songs including this are major exceptions. This was a dance song that might remind you of Mickey by Toni Basil in holiday form, though this was faster paced, at 156 bpm (39 measures per minute) compared to Mickey's 148.8 bpm (37.2 bars/notes per minute). This song was also played by Jennifer Hudson & Ariana Grande, making it Jennifer's fastest & Ariana's 2nd fastest (only behind The Light is Coming ft. Nicki Minaj - which would've honestly sounded better at 200 bpm or 50 notes per minute given it's a pop song).

9 Let’s Sort The Whole Thing Out - Carly Rae Jepsen

It's Carly Rae Jepsen's fastest song to date, playing at 155 bpm (38.75 measures per minute) though if she made it 156 bpm (39 bars per minute) then it would be in the vivace range whereas this's still in the allegro & molto allegro ranges. Yet 160 bpm (40 notes per minute) could've been cool as many people also understand that pace & it's of course pop music which's popular. It has an 80's synth pop vibe & is 1 of the songs in side B of her album Dedicated (which hit #1 on U.S. iTunes that time).

10 Pump It - Black Eyed Peas Pump It - Black Eyed Peas Cover Art

It's perhaps the most intense dance song they ever put out & it's certainly within this category, at 153.6 bpm (38.4 measures/bars/notes per minute). It directly sampled Dick Dale's surf rock cover of Misirlou & became a top hit of theirs in 2006 (though it was record in 2004 & demonstrated in 2005). R.I.P. Dick Dale the king of surf guitaring & rock.

The Contenders
11 Hey Ya! - Outkast Hey Ya! - Outkast Cover Art
12 Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5 Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5 Cover Art
13 What the Hell - Avril Lavigne What the Hell - Avril Lavigne Cover Art

150 bpm (37.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). The lead single from her 2011 album Goodbye Lullaby.

14 Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne Cover Art

164 bpm (41 measures/bars/notes per minute) & the among the most popular dance songs by her. The music video was the 1st video on YouTube to get 100M views.

15 Kids in America - Kim Wilde Kids in America - Kim Wilde Cover Art

It was 160 bpm (40 measures/bars/notes per minute) & it was the biggest hit by her. Yet it was even the biggest examples of songs at that pace until Shake It Off by Taylor Swift (which became her biggest hit as well).

16 Peep! - Amanda Lear Peep! - Amanda Lear Cover Art

She literally missed vivace in this hit especially, by only 1 bpm (0.25 measures per minute). This was 155 bpm (38.75 bars per minute) & vivace begins at 156 bpm (39 notes per minute). Therefore this's allegro (which begins at 120 bpm or 30 measures per minute) as well as molto allegro (which begins at 124 bpm or 31 bars/notes per minute) & it's at their extreme upper ends. From her unofficial 1995 album Alter Ego.

17 Angel Love - Amanda Lear Angel Love - Amanda Lear Cover Art

It's 152 bpm (38 measures per minute) & that's absolutely outrageous for typical house music, which's usually between 120 & 130 bpm (30 & 32.5 bars per minute), yet especially deep & diva house. Plus this song's only 1 measure/bar/note per minute (4 bpm) from vivace. Though that's a much greater margin away than Peep is which's only a quarter note away from vivace. Both tracks are allegro as well as molto allegro, but they're toward their upper ends. From Alter Ego in 1995.

18 Been This Way B4 - Olivia Rox Been This Way B4 - Olivia Rox Cover Art

The last song in her debut album & it's 160 bpm (40 measures/bars/notes per minute). She nailed it. It's 1 of a kind as there hasn't been another like it by her so far. We'll wait & see.

19 I’m a Believer - The Monkees I’m a Believer - The Monkees Cover Art
20 Stitches - Shawn Mendes Stitches - Shawn Mendes Cover Art
21 Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison Cover Art
22 It's a Girl Party - Mack Z It's a Girl Party - Mack Z Cover Art

The debut single of her music turned out to be her fastest, at 150 bpm (37.5 measures per minute). She has 2 dance songs past the 140 & 144 bpm (30 & 36 bar/note per minute) ranges (including this), but neither go past 150.

23 Running (Lovin Me Version) - Danielle Hollobaugh Running (Lovin Me Version) - Danielle Hollobaugh Cover Art
24 Baby Yoda - Jonathan Mann Baby Yoda - Jonathan Mann Cover Art
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