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Question #92902 posted on 02/06/2020 8:54 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is, in your opinion, the difference between a bop and a jam?



Dear Curious, 

This isn't exactly what you're asking for, but I would like to offer you a chart that my friends and I made one day in the Clyde Building at around 11 PM while we were taking a break from homework. We were trying to define what it means for a song to be a "banger," and it morphed into this full-on graph with a couple different iterations. Check out version 1:


And on version 2, we decided that all of the songs on the chart were bangers:


Turns out, it's kinda hard to define words like "banger" or "bop" or "jam." Making this graph involved some pretty lively debate. I think a few people left the room because of how distracting it was (sorry, everyone). But things like this are important for sanity when you're still on campus past 10 PM. And the people we didn't drive away joined in! They're pretty good friends of mine now. Anyway.

If I had to try to make a distinction between the two, I think I would say that a bop is a subcategory of a jam. A jam is any good song worthy of repeat listening, and a bop is a danceable jam.




Dear George,

Bop: a light tap, often received upon a being's head.

Jam: a sweet form of preserved fruit, including the fruit's seeds.

~Curmudgeonly Anathema


Dear lizard queen of america,

It's about the level of groove all up in there. Compare:

Bop: "Lollipop" by Mika

Jam: "Brazilian Soul" by the Knocks ft. Sofi Tukker, or "Mixer" by Amber Mark, which I'm obsessed with this week


--Esquilo Feroz


Dear C,

In my opinion, a bop you feel in your body but a jam you feel in your soul. Bops usually have a solid beat and make you want to dance around in a 'bop-y' way. But when you hear a jam, you dance around but you also belt out the lyrics and there is more passion.

Example of a bop: “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John with Kiki Dee

Example of a jam: “Just a Girl” by No Doubt or “So Good” by Destiny’s Child

- Fozzie