Brevity in Pop: Know When to Fold

These (short) songs clearly run the risk of leaving listeners wanting more:

Wildcat Run”    Red Sovine    1966    (1:20)

Revellion”     The Revels     1962     (1:14)

Oh Claire”      Cheap Trick     1978     (1:10)

Happy House”     Shuggie Otis     1974     (1:08)

Something Else”     Me and Them Guys     1966     (1:05)

Shut Up”     The Stranglers     1978     (1:05)

Thank You Boys”     Jane’s Addiction     1988     (1:03)

When We Were Young”     The Residents      1980     (1:02)

Once Was a Time I Thought”     The Mamas & Papas     1966     (0:57)

Ding Dang”    The Beach Boys     1977    (0:57)

Wild Honey Pie”     The Beatles     1968     (0:53)

Abide with Me”    Thelonius Monk    1957    (0:53)

I Can’t Sleep”     Sloan     2006     (0:53)

It’s Johnny’s Birthday”    George Harrison    1970    (0:50)

If You Won’t Leave Me…”     Warren Zevon     1993     (0:45)

Maggie Mae”     The Beatles     1969     (0:39)

Meant for You”    The Beach Boys    1968    (0:38)

Five Percent for Nothing”     Yes     1971     (0:35)

Nayli, Nayli, Get Me Down to Washington”     Moonshine     1970     (0:33)

Yoko Ono”     Die Arzte     2001     (0:31)

The Shortest Love Song”     Wee Willie Small     1978     (0:29)

Life Song”     Mason Williams     1968     (0:27)

Field Day for the Sundays”     Wire     1977     (0:27)

A Short Song”     Paddy Roberts     1959     (0:26)

26 Second Song”    Shel Silverstein    1972    (0:26)

Do You Think It’s Alright”     The Who     1968     (0:24)

Her Majesty”     The Beatles     1969     (0:23)

Harvey the Wonder Hamster”     Weird Al     1993     (0:21)

This Is the Shortest Song in the World”    Kenny Price    1970    (0:18)

Miracle Cure”     The Who     1968     (0:12)

Short Blues”     Neil Innes     1976     (0:11)

Turn It Over”     The Youngbloods     1969     (0:11)

That’s All Folks”     The Blues Magoos     1968     (0:08)

This Song”     Barry & the Bookbinders     1986     (0:05)

There’s a Riot Goin’ On”     Sly Stone     1971     (0:00)

18 seconds:  shortest track on a 45?

Kenny Price 45Small Claims:

Shortest song to hit #1 (U.S.): 1960’s “Stay” by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs  1:35

Shortest song to hit #1 (U.K.):  1978’s “What Do You Want” by Adam Faith  1:35

Shortest song to hit Top 40:  1959’s “Some Kinda Earthquake” by Duane Eddy 1:17

Shortest song to hit the Hot 100:  1964’s “Little Boxes” by The Womenfolk 1:02

Shortest song to hit the UK charts:  2007’s “The Ladies’ Bra” by Trunk & Wiseby 0:36

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