Important Information About The Song Lists
I have created a separate page for each list to make it easier to search and display them. Check the Navigation Bar Fly out on the left or the links below to access the pages directly.
The number in “[ ]”’s is the Tempo measured in “MPM”, or “Measures per Minute”. It’s often called “BPM”, or “Beats per Minute”, but that is incorrect. MPM is how many measures occur in each minute of music. BPM is how many beats occur. To convert to BPM, multiply by the number by 4.
Why use MPM instead of BPM? Simple really. The software I used to count the tempo only counted in MPM and the MPM system was used by several dance contest sites so I adopted it. After calculating the MPM of about 17,000 songs, I’m not inclined to redo the work just yet. :-)
Why not use “fast”, “really fast”, “slow”, etc.? The software I use for cataloguing has these terms as default options, but I decided to use a numerical value because it’s objective. What I regard as “Fast” may be “Average” to you, and what I regard as “Fast” today I may regard as “Slow’ later.
For example, when I first started dancing Cha-Cha, “Smooth” (MPM=30) was “quite fast” for me and “Average” for others. Now, it’s average to me. Maybe even a little slow because now I prefer fast Cha-Chas. The music’s tempo didn’t change, but my perception of it did.
If you find a song that has a speed you like, you can find similar songs by searching for that speed in the list. Soon the lists will be sortable by name, speed, and rating. Soon, but not yet. In the meantime, you can still search the lists by using your browser’s Find option. For most browsers, click “Edit”, “Find” and enter the number and the “”’s. For example, .
That’s it. Enjoy the information. I hope it proves useful.