Top 10 Songs That Would've Sounded Better at Different Tempos

There are all great songs but some would sound better at different tempos than they’re currently played at. In community list mode for others to share their thoughts, so what do you guys think.
The Top Ten
Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift Look What You Made Me Do - Taylor Swift Cover Art

I know everyone has different thoughts about this song, but it would’ve sounded better at 130 bpm (32.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute). It would’ve compared to You Belong With Me if played at 130 bpm given the style it already has. Yet that would make a great Easter egg. Just think, Taylor Swift producing both major hit songs at 130 bpm (which’s 2 bpm faster than this).

Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield Cover Art

After hearing this song, I realized it would’ve sounded even better if it played at 136 bpm (34 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). Given its rhythm & style 136 would be a better match for this instead of a relatively unfitting 134.

Last Dance - Donna Summer Last Dance - Donna Summer Cover Art

An unforgettable disco hit by none other than the queen Donna Summer. It would’ve been better at 130 bpm (32.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 126 bpm (31.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). R.I.P. queen of disco.

Heaven Knows (feat. Brooklyn Dreams) - Donna Summer Heaven Knows (feat. Brooklyn Dreams) - Donna Summer Cover Art

A classic. Would’ve sounded better though at 135 or 136 bpm (33.75 or 34 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 132 bpm (33 measures/bars/notes per minute). R.I.P. queen.

Love Shack - The B-52's Love Shack - The B-52's Cover Art

It would’ve been perfect at 135 bpm (33.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). 135 bpm is where it seems leisure & fast at the same time & would be perfect for this. Fun fact: The edited version of this on the other hand plays at 133 bpm (33.25 measures/bars/notes per minute).

Love Shack is legendary

Sorry - Madonna Sorry - Madonna Cover Art

A Madonna classic who would forget? It would’ve been even better if it played at 136 bpm (34 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 133 bpm (33.25 measures/bars/notes per minute).

Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters Jump (For My Love) - The Pointer Sisters Cover Art

A true classic banger. Now from hearing it, it would’ve been better at 137 bpm (34.25 measures/bars/notes per minute) knowing it’s only a mere 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). R.I.P. to 2 of the sisters (including the founder Bonnie Pointer) too soon.

See You Again - Miley Cyrus See You Again - Miley Cyrus Cover Art

It would’ve sounded better at 140 bpm (35 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 139 bpm (34.75 measures/bars/notes per minute). Yet Malibu’s perfect where it’s played at (which was 140 bpm or 35 measures/bars/notes per minute by the way).

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor Cover Art

Of course an unforgettable hit from Meghan Trainor, a bubblegum doo wop pop banger. Now it would sound even better if it’s played at 135 or even 136 bpm (33.75/34 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). The rhythm & style of this song would fit better at those ranges than it’s already played at.

We are Young - Fun. We are Young - Fun. Cover Art

The Newcomers

? What’s Up? - 4 Non Blondes

It sounds like it could’ve been better at a higher tempo, such as 144 bpm (36 measures/bars/notes per minute), but it’s 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead. For the rhythm it got it could’ve been quite higher than it already is.

? I'm a Mess - Bebe Rexha I'm a Mess - Bebe Rexha Cover Art

When I heard this, given the best, it would’ve been better at 99 bpm (24.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) when its 97 bpm (24.25 measures/bars/notes per minute). Yet 99 bpm’s moderato, but this isn’t, but it’s still andante & andantino as well as andante moderato.

The Contenders
Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor Lips Are Movin - Meghan Trainor Cover Art

It’s a typical Meghan Trainor song with a bubblegum doo wop pop vibe, but it would sound a bit better at 140 bpm (35 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead of 139 bpm (34.75 measures/bars/notes per minute). It seems it’s really missing a beat per minute that’s necessary for this song.

Rain on Me - Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Rain on Me - Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Cover Art

It’s good where it’s at. Part of 16 tracks in Lady Gaga’s latest album Chromatica. The tempos of the tracks vary from 116 to 123 bpm (29 to 30.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) & each tempo fits with the style of each song.

The Last Great American Dynasty - Taylor Swift The Last Great American Dynasty - Taylor Swift Cover Art

It's one of her newest songs, from her new album Folklore. Yet it's her fastest one there. Though I'm debating if it sounds good at 148 bpm (37 measures/bars/notes per minute) or would be better at 150 bpm (37.5 measures/bars/notes per minute)? They're both good ranges for this song, though if she did a 150 bpm hit in a future album, that would be cool. You decide.

Flood - Jars of Clay Flood - Jars of Clay Cover Art

The style of this song would’ve sounded better at 125 bpm (31.25 measures/bars/notes per minute) as it fits for an upbeat tempo, whereas it’s played at 115 bpm (28.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) which doesn’t sound totally upbeat does it?

Firework - Katy Perry Firework - Katy Perry Cover Art

It’s a great song, but sounds so much like the 2nd edit of Brazil by Deadmau5 (which was sampled in 3 songs - Change Your Mind by Kylie Minogue, Touch the Sky by Taio Cruz & Happiness by Alexis Jordan - which all play at that tempo) which both played at 128 bpm (32 measures/bars/notes per minute), but this plays at 124 bpm (31 measures/bars/notes per minute).

Seek & Destroy - Metallica Seek & Destroy - Metallica Cover Art

it's not megadeth fast

Gimme Love - Joji Gimme Love - Joji Cover Art

It's arguably Joji's most upbeat dance hit yet, at 158 bpm (39.5 measures/bars/notes per minute), but given its style, 160 bpm would've been a better match for this (or 40 measures/bars/notes per minute).

Let's Sort the Whole Thing Out - Carly Rae Jepsen Let's Sort the Whole Thing Out - Carly Rae Jepsen Cover Art

This’s Carly Rae Jepsen’s most upbeat hit. An impressive 155 bpm (38.75 measures/bars/notes). Though in fact it just missed a range in tempo, yet in fact just 1 bpm higher would put this at the vivace range & since vivace plays at least 156 bpm (39 measures/bars/notes per minute), this’s still an allegro song (which’s at least 120 bpm or 30 measures/bars/notes per minute) like many of her dance pop songs. She had potential of making a vivace song with this & she & her producers decided to take a beat (per minute) away from this. Though 160 bpm (40 measures/bars/notes per minute) would’ve been a good idea for her & surely an epic hit that would be Shake It Off’s rival (the song by Taylor Swift).

Jump - Madonna Jump - Madonna Cover Art

Once again another hit from Madonna but with an underplayed tempo (at 119 bpm or 29.75 measures/bars/notes per minute). If Forbidden Love were to play at 120 to compete with Love Profusion as well as Radio by the Corrs & Amazing by Seal (which all play at 120 bpm or 30 measures/bars/notes per minute), this would have to as well as Forbidden Love transitions smoothly to Jump in her album Confessions on a Dancefloor. Though that means West End Girls by the Pet Shop Boys (which this sampled) would also have to go up to 120 bpm (whereas it‘s played at 113 bpm or 28.25 measures/bars/notes per minute) in order to compete with the entire chain of such songs. We know allegro moderato & allegro aren’t the same thing.

The One that Got Away - Katy Perry The One that Got Away - Katy Perry Cover Art

It has a good beat but with that it sounds like it should’ve been played at 135 bpm (33.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) whereas it’s 134 bpm (33.5 measures/bars/notes per minute) instead. Now don’t get me wrong. Lots of songs have their individual speeds & 134 bpm isn’t bad yet not a problem for rock as well as alternative whether traditional or electronic, but for a pop style like this, 135 bpm would’ve been a better fit & make this song sound better.

Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Despacito - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Cover Art

It would’ve sounded better at 180 bpm (45 measures/bars/notes per minute) when its 178 bpm (44.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). Yet it’s melody’s extremely similar to Uncover by Zara Larsson which played at 90 bpm (22.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). When a song was made to be so popular & a big hit, it should at least have a standard & fixed tempo number. 90 bpm songs are more common & popular than 89 bpm songs though 120 bpm (30 measures/bars/notes per minute) is the most popular pace for a song. The music video’s a different subject as it’s about to officially reach 7B views, making it not only the most watched video on YouTube or anywhere, but almost exactly everyone on Earth will have watched it at that point (as we have 7.594B living - once 7.8B but many died due to COVID-19).

Gooba - 6ix9ine Gooba - 6ix9ine Cover Art

It could’ve been good at 180 bpm (45 measures/bars/notes per minute), which’s suitable for doing a wobble dance to (as that’s the standard for such), but it’s 2 bpm (or 0.5 measures/bars/notes per minute or 1 half of a full such) shy of that, at 178 bpm (44.5 measures/bars/notes per minute). Not to mention this would become biggest debut, so there was potential for that. Yet Trollz is played at 180 bpm & isn’t as popular. Even though many & I find him a nasty person.

Never Really Over - Katy Perry Never Really Over - Katy Perry Cover Art

It’s Katy Perry’s best song in years, yet played at a moderate speed of 100 bpm (25 measures/bars/notes per minute), but due to its unforgettable similarity to the Bayside Boys remix of the Macarena by Los Del Rio in background, it should’ve been played at 103 bpm (25.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) as that’s what that played at. Yet 102 bpm is where allegretto starts & the Macarena’s 1 bpm (0.25 measures/bars/notes per minute or a quarter of a full note per minute) faster than the allegretto starting point, so this isn’t allegretto, just andante, andantino & moderato.

Swalla - Jason Derulo Swalla - Jason Derulo Cover Art

Due to its unmistakable resemblance to Los Del Rio's Macarena, it would've fit at 103 bpm (25.75 measures/bars/notes per minute) as that's what that played at & this's 98 bpm (24.5 measures/bars/notes per minute, which’s andante, andantino & moderato but not allegretto like the Macarena was).

To Be Young - Anne-Marie & Doja Cat To Be Young - Anne-Marie & Doja Cat Cover Art

Should've been 76 bpm (19 measures/bars/notes per minute) like Beautiful by Christina Aguilera due to its extreme resemblance, but it's 78 bpm (19.5 measures/bars/notes per minute), which's distinctly faster.

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