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Downbeat, down beat or Down Beat may refer to:

  • Downbeat, the first beat of a measure in music. This term originated from orchestral conducting, where the lowest point on the baton signals the first beat in a given measure. It is now used widely throughout music to also indicate the beginning of a piece of music.
  • Down Beat, an American jazz magazine
  • Downtempo or downbeat, a laid-back electronic music style similar to ambient music
  • Down Beat is the NATO reporting name of the main surface search radar carried by the Russian/Soviet Tupolev Tu-22M bomber.