Songs don’t need to be the length of Rush’s “2112” or Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” to be great. Here is a list of 10 tunes you can listen to in under 20 minutes. Each track comes in under 2 minutes, aside from one… but it’s only over by 9 seconds. What are some of your favourite “short” songs? Take a look at some great ones below.
The Kooks – “Seaside”
A soft acoustic number coming in at just 1:41 that can be found on their 2006 debut record Inside In/Inside Out.
Alabama Shakes – “Goin’ to the Party”
Another song to be found on a debut record, “Goin’ to the Party” is a slow and almost creepy tune from Boys and Girls.
Said the Whale – “More Than This”
It’s the opening track to their latest record Hawaiii and even though it leaves you wanting more, it’s perfect at 1:25.
White Stripes – “Fell in Love With a Girl”
If you’re talking about great songs that are under 2 minutes, this is your band. There are a ridiculous amount to chose from but we went with a classic.
Bahamas – “Any Other Way”
A quiet song about becoming a father could be the sweetest song ever written, well under the 2 minute mark at just a minute and three seconds.
The Shins – “The Celibate Life”
From the album Oh Inverted World the track features the very distinctive vocals of James Mercer over some sharp snare sounds and twangy guitars.
The Smiths – “Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want”
Originally released as a B-side to “William, It Was Really Nothing”, the song was thrown on a compilation of albums Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs
Vampire Weekend – “Young Lion ”
From the Grammy Award winning Modern Vampires of the City, “Young Lions” is a piano focused track that closes the album.
The Avett Brothers – “Geraldine”
Found on their 2012 release, The Carpenter, “Gerladine” is a upbeat, piano heavy track with great harmonies from Seth and Scott.
Pup – “Mabu”
Honourable Mention goes to hometown rockers Pup, just 9 seconds too long, but they play it so quick live I’m sure they shave them off.