Triple J Hottest 100 data

The average beats per minute (BPM) of songs featured in Triple J's Hottest 100 has declined from 128bpm to 116bpm.

What are the BPM patterns your teen can uncover in the current Triple J playlist?

1 hour


09 March 2021

Things you need


The challenge

The average BPM of the Triple J Hottest 100 has declined from 128bpm to 116bpm in recent times. Using a BPM calculator, ask your teenager to look a little deeper at the current Triple J playlist to identify patterns based on BPM. Together, discuss what these patterns tell us about popular music.


The conversation

While investigating BPM, ask your child: 

  • "What do you notice across the most popular songs?"
  • "Do you think there has been a change in taste, based on your findings?"
  • "Could there be other reasons these songs are the most popular?"

The career

Seeing patterns is a useful skill across many disciplines, from economists and data analysts to marketing/sales professionals, creative artists and musicians.

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