Beatport is the most popular place for DJs from all over the world to hang out and share their tracks. For the beginners, it provides an amazing opportunity to learn more about the ins and outs of producing a great EDM track. The pros, in turn, can improve their skills and also learn something new and valuable. According to the experts, the best and the fastest way to master music production is to study the best “players” in the industry.
So, we decided to listen to and analyze 100 songs/tracks in every popular genre in order to understand the current trends. Don’t be scared by the numbers and terms: we tried to look at this from a beginner’s point of view. By the way, if you want to do some of your own “reckoning”, don’t try to analyze hundreds of tracks like we did. Focus on the top 5/10 in each genre and always write down whatever catches your ear.
The Bigger Picture
Here are the official numbers: house, tech house, and deep house are the most popular genres (59% in total). Techno and electro/progressive house are also trending right now (35% in total). As you can see from this list, people aren’t big fans of sophisticated EDM: all they want is a good beat and a repetitive, yet catchy hook/lead line.
- As for the average length of a track, we found out that it’s around 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Don’t pay much attention to this number, though.
- And what about BPM? It is +/- 125; but, again, that doesn’t mean you need to stick to this BPM in order for your tracks to be popular.
- In electronic dance music, the minor key is the king (65%).
Today, up-tempo beats with beautiful melodies are a lot more successful than aggressive, in-your-face tracks. Mainstream music has always been pretty simple and melodic; same applies to EDM. The most common structure in these genres is quite intuitive: everything starts with a build-up and slowly switches to the verse. After a break, the main section takes over. The drop follows (or there can be a chorus). A bridge/breakdown is the final part.
In contrast to other genres, tech house really like to start with a huge drop. The sounds need to be “digital” in order for the listener to feel that this is, indeed, techno music.
– The incredibly popular and simple “1/2/1/2” structure doesn’t really fit well with this genre. “1/2/3/2” is a lot more common.
– 123 is the average BPM for techno.
– As for the length, you’ll be surprised to learn that tech-house is the obvious leader with an average length of seven minutes.
Fact: house is one of the friendliest and most straightforward genres of music. Plus, it’s easy to analyze. Drums, synths, and chorus are the main driving force behind it. The classic 4×4 drum pattern is also at the heart of house music.
– The “1/2/1/2” structure I mentioned earlier is dominating.
– Five minutes is the average length.
– As for the BPM, 124 is the av. number.
House is a melodic genre and usually, the verse and choruses are filled with vocal parts.
Despite the “scary” name, this genre is a lot more similar to pop (in terms of structure, anyway). Synthesizer sounds, pads, percussion instruments, and catchy choruses with uplifting lyrics – that’s what deep house is all about.
– The structures aren’t always “poppy”, though. “1/2/1/2” is common, but not as popular as “1/2/3/2.”
– Six minutes and 25 seconds is the average length. That’s because of the sung verses and huge drops.
– As for the av. BPM, it hangs around the 122 mark.
Techno, Progressive House, And Electro House
- As the most loved and cherished genre of club music, techno deserves a deep analysis. No live instruments are allowed; the accent is on electronic synths/drums. “2/1/2” is the basic structure; the length is 6.51; the av. BPM is 125.
- In progressive house, the drops are very interesting (and different from each other); plus, this genre is famous for the big, epic choruses. “1/2/1/2” is at the heart of 60% of tracks. 4.55 is the av. length; 128 is the av. BPM.
- Electro house, in turn, is quite aggressive. The bass tracks are always loud and heavy. The drums are also big and banging. The classic “1/2/1/2”, along with “2/3/2”, is the most common structure. The tracks in progressive house are quite short: the av. length is 4.15. The av. BPM is 128.