Quadruple Meter

Quadruple meter, the most common of all meters contains four beats per measure. Although not usually notated, most pop music utilizes quadruple meters.

Hear the quadruple beat pattern of strong-weak-strong-weak as depicted below

Beats:

1

2

3

4

Strongest
Down beat

Weak

Strong, but not as
strong as beat 1

Weak. Pick-up to beat 1.

Some typical quadruple meters. All receive four beats per measure.
4 quarter note beats
Common time: short hand
4 quarter note beats
4 eighth note beats