Sometimes it’s hard to know if, scientifically, a song is really a banger. Sure, Parks And Recreation’s Tom Haverford has laid out some guidelines—“beats per minute, number and dopeness of drops, and a complete absence of acoustic instruments”—but it’s so hard to judge those relatively flexible categories yourself. If only there were some computerized way to decide.
As it turns out, there is. A 19-year-old Utah developer named Derek Dapp has created IsItABangr, a website that’ll tell you whether any given song is, in fact, a banger. It uses Echonest, an audio fingerprinting system that works with companies like Spotify to craft custom radio stations.
Some bangin’ examples are below, but a couple of minutes messing around on IsItABangr will generally yield some interesting results.