Sunday, February 20, 2011

Top 10 Best Shortest Songs of All Time

As I was listening to "King of The Rodeo" by Kings of Leon for the 434th time (literally), I found myself loving the song even more because it's only 2:26 long. They didn't bother taking the song's greatness and bleeding it out for 4:30. Put down the brilliance of the song and then end the song when it's over.
So I ran some numbers and was amazed at home many good short songs there are on my iTunes library.
  • 3 stars or better under 3:00 - 334 songs
  • 3 stars or better under 2:45 - 208 songs
  • 3 stars or better under 2:30 - 131 songs
  • 4 stars or better under 2:30 - 32 songs
Wow. Apparently KoL isn't the only band tuned into the short song theory (although they represent a pretty hefty portion of the list).
So let's hand pick the 10 best (limiting the choices to songs on my library and limiting selections to one song per artist).
  1. King of The Rodeo - Kings of Leon - 2:26
  2. See Through Head - The Hives - 2:22
  3. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois - Sufjan Stevens - 2:09
  4. Communion Cups and Someone's Coat - Iron & Wine - 2:03
  5. Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac - 2:14
  6. Don't Panic - Coldplay - 2:17
  7. Jesus On The Radio - Guster - 2:17
  8. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers - 2:05
  9. Explosivo - Tenacious D - 1:55
  10. Tie between My N****z - DMX - 1:05 and B.I.G. Interlude - Notorious B.I.G. - 0:48
Honorable mentions:
What'd I miss?

4 comments:

AndoUSC said...

Jesus on the Radio lower than Communion Cups? For real for real?

Anonymous said...

Miracle Cure by The Who from the Tommy album. It's only 12 seconds.

Paul Oxborrow said...

"You Suffer", by Napalm Death is under 2 seconds long

Annabeth Chase said...

Parachutes by Coldplay