Just about all musicians can tap 120 beats per minute – they just have to sing Stars and Stripes Forever and tap the beat. Sixty BPM is also easy – just half of that. But what about all the other tempos? To that end, I have constructed the Song-0-Nome: a list of familiar tunes and songs arranged in order of BPM slow to fast. The tempi are approximate and personal; I sing them a bit faster or slower on different days or if I’ve had caffeine. So feel free to adjust the list to suit you or substitute your own favorite tunes that seem to fit certain tempos better to you. For BPM numbers that are not on the chart, you can extrapolate by tapping either whole measures, part of measures, or every beat; e.g. a waltz could be tapped on each quarter note or each measure; a march could be tapped on each quarter note or each half note. NB: This list can also serve you at the gym to check to see if your heart rate is in the range it should be. For instance, for me, I know I should be between “Yankee Doodle” and “Beer Barrel Polka.” If it gets up to “Casey Jones,” or “When I’m Sixty-Four,” I know I need to slow down…
BPM             Work_

49 My Bonnie (1 beat per measure)
54 Summertime
58 O Holy Night; We Three Kings
60 ½ of Stars and Stripes; Kum Bah Yah, Abide With Me

63 Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Impossible Dream, Misty
66 Shenandoah; Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night
68 Rain, Rain, Go Away
72 Over the Rainbow
74 Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin)
76 Swing Low Sweet Chariot
78 Amazing Grace
82 Yesterday, Annie Laurie
84 Kookaburra, Shortnin’ Bread
88 Wheels on the Bus; Star Spangled Banner
90 Scotland’s Burning
92 Mary Had a Little Lamb; Clementine; Muffin Man
94 Happy Birthday
96 Rule, Britannia; Hunting Chorus (Freischütz); London Bridge
98 My Country, Tis of Thee
100 Eensy Weensy Spider, Stayin’ Alive [use this tempo if you have to give CPR heart compressions]
102 Joy to the World
104 Yankee Doodle; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Shoo Fly
106 I Saw Three Ships
108 Row, Row, Row Your Boat; Yellow Submarine
112 I’ve Been Working on the Railroad; Twinkle Twinkle
116 She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain; Girl from
Ipanema; Good King Wenceslas
118 Hard Day’s Night
120 Stars and Stripes Forever; Overture to “Carmen”
126 Drunken Sailor
128 76 Trombones, She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain
Give My Regards to Broadway, Simple Gifts
130 I’ve Got Sixpence
134 Alouette
136 Beer Barrel Polka
140 Casey Jones
144 When I’m Sixty-Four
148 My Bonnie (quarter notes); The Yellow Rose of Texas; Hava Nagila
150 Rock-a-Bye Baby
154 All My Loving
160 My Favorite Things; Sweet Betsy from Pike
164 On Top of Old Smoky
168 We Wish You a Merry Christmas
175 My Hat It Has Three Corners
180 I Feel Pretty
185 Little Brown Jug
190 Can Can
200 When the Saints Go Marchin’ In
208 Turkey in the Straw