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“Wildcat Run”: World’s Fastest Key Change?

It is practically a law in country music that a tune must change keys at least once before song’s end.  And the key change must modulate upward, never downward.  Which raises the obvious question, and it’s a big one:

Q:  Which country song changes keys quickest starting from 0:00?

That’s right, get out your stopwatches.   In the meantime, I think I might have a contender:  “Wildcat Run” – a truck driving song from Red Sovine

Wildcat Run – Red Sovine

[Pssst:  Click on the triangle above to hear “Wildcat Run” by Red Sovine.]

Note that the song starts in G Major – but only 27 seconds later the song has already shifted up to G-sharp Major.  But wait, don’t get too comfortable just yet – only 25 more seconds will transpire and we will have modulated upward yet again to A Major.  That’s two key changes in just 52 seconds.   Even better – the entire song clocks in at a lean 80 seconds.

Can anyone beat 27 seconds?


“Wildcat Run” appears to have initially been released on the 1966 Starday truck driving album, Thunder on the Road.

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