House Music vs. Techno Music

House music features a kick drum on every beat. Techno features a bass drum on every beat, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth beats, and an open hi-hat on every sixteenth beat. While House music has a tempo between 118 and 135 beats per minute (bpm), Techno music has a tempo ranging from 130 to 150 bpm.

Comparison chart

House MusicTechno Music
OriginsLate 1970s – Early 1980s in Chicago, United StatesMid-1980s, Detroit, United States
Musical originsDisco, boogie, soul, funk, electro, dub, Hi-NRG, jazz/swingElectro, post-disco, industrial, funk, synthpop, house music
InstrumentsSampler, Drum machine, Synthesizer, Turntables, Sequencer, Personal computerSynthesizer, keyboards, sampler, drum machine, sequencer, personal computer
TempoBetween 118 to 135 beats per minute (bpm)Between 130 to 150 bpm
CharacteristicsRepetitive 4/4 beats, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, synthesized baselines. Kick drum on every beat.Repetitive instrumental music. 4/4, with bass drum on each quarter note pulse, backbeat played by snare on second and forth pulses, and open hi-hat on every second eighth note.
Popular ArtistsAfrojack, Daft Punk, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia.Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Chris Liebing, Blake Baxter, Daniel Bell, Ken Ishii, LFO, Regis, Adam
Derivative formsAcid House, US Garage, UK GarageMinimal techno, rave, hardcore techno,


House music developed in Chicago in the early 1980s. It was inspired by disco, boogie, soul, funk, electro and synthpop.

Techno originated in Detroit in the mid-1980s. It grew partly out of House music, and also contains influences from synthpop, electro and electronic body music.


House music uses samplers, drum machines, synthesizers, turntables, and sequencers, and is based around repetitive 4/4 beats, off-beat hi-hat cymbals and synthesized baselines. It features a kick drum on every beat and usually has a tempo between 118 and 135 beats per minute.

Techno music uses synthesizers, keyboards, samplers, drum machines, and sequencers. It is generally repetitive instrumental music with a 4/4 beat. It features a bass drum on every beat, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and forth beats, and an open hi-hat on every sixteenth beat. It usually has a tempo between 130 and 150 beats per minute.

Here is a good video that compares the various genres of electronic music and includes samples from each genre, including techno and house:


Derivative forms of House music include breakbeat hardcore, eurobeat and electroclash.

Derivatives of techno music include eurodance, neurofunk and techstep.


Popular House musicians include Daft Punk, Afrojack, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Kaskade, Sasha, and Swedish House Mafia. It is currently one of the most popular forms of dance music around the world.

Popular Techno artists include LFO, Regis, Adam X, Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter, Daniel Bell, Joey Beltran, and Ken Ishii. It was largely popular in the late 1980s and 1990s in Europe, and is currently popular in Eastern Europe and Brazil.

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