Monday, July 8, 2019

Best Songs Under Two Minutes....GO


Beyes said...

The Beatles - Polythene Pam
Elvis Costello - Welcome to the Working Week
Tommy Keene - Astronomy

Unknown said...

Box Tops, "The Letter"

Rodger Stroup said...

There She Goes - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Held Up Without a Gun - Bruce Springsteen & the ESB

Rob said...

Lonnie Donegan - Don't You Rock Me Daddy-o
The Clash - Career Opportunities
The Beatles - I Will
Simon and Garfunkel - The Fifty Ninth Street Bridge Song
Buddy Holly - Rave On
Izzat Love? - Todd Rundgren

Troy said...

+1 on Held Up Without a Gun

Gas Girl - The Bottlerockets
It's Only Love - The Beatles
Fell in Love with a Girl - White Stripes

Todd said...

"It's Not Unusual" by Tom Jones

Ramone666 said...

Wire - Outdoor Miner
Undertones - Here Comes The Summer
Hüsker Dü - Never Talking To You Again

jeff said...

Steve Goodman: "I Ain't Heard You Play No Blues" (might be the shortest of all the suggestions)

Petzoundss said...

This Whole World-The Beach Boys

rick said...

John Sebastian, 'She's a lady' said...

Minutemen (90% of their discography)


Shriner said...

From shortest (about a minute) to the longest (and leaving off live versions of Ramones songs!):

The Theme songs from "Lost In Space" and "Come On Get Happy" -- from The Partridge Family

Evelyn, A Modified Dog -- Frank Zappa (one of the first that jumped to mind)

Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon -- Queen

Timing X -- Devo

Run It, God Damn Job, Fuck School and Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out -- The Replacements

Mother -- Kacey Musgraves

I've Gotta Know -- Sloan

Flying High Again -- Sloan ("Never Hear The End of It" has a bunch of short songs -- this is the one that came to mind.)

The brilliant "Dad, I'm in Jail" by Was (Not Was) should win the thread, though.

"The Elements" -- Tom Lehrer (I could have picked from a whole bunch...)

"Peter's Denial" and "PIlate's Dream"-- Jesus Christ Superstar

"Golden Slumbers" then "Carry That Weight" -- The Beatles

"Early In The Morning" -- Peter, Paul & Mary

"I Love You" -- The Pipettes (the debut has a bunch of under-2-minute songs -- and they are all great)

"Hello There" -- Cheap Trick

"Eruption" -- Van Halen

"Mediocre Fred" -- The Smothers Brothers

"Baby Snakes" -- Frank Zappa

"Ouch!" -- The Rutles

"Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" -- The Smiths

"You Just May Be The One" and "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" -- The Monkees

"Alligators All Around" -- Carole King (from the "Really Rosie" soundtrack)

"Shape of Things To Come" -- Max Frost and the Troopers (maybe my favorite song on this list!)

"Like The Seasons" and "Buzz Saw" -- The Turtles

"Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord" -- Godspell

"The Good In Everyone" -- Sloan (the version without the crowd noises -- so that may be stretching it.

"Exercise Man" -- The Deen Ween Group

Sal Nunziato said...

Just off the top of my head...and a quick iTunes search...the following:

It's Not Unusual
You Just May be The One
The Letter
She's A Lady...

2:00 or over.

Shriner said...

"You Just May Be The One" -- "Mono TV version" and "Stereo Remix" versions -- are under 2:00. I sorted my iTunes library by time for my list. Headquarters version is 2:04. Blame the box set for my list. :-). And even the Headquarters version has 5 seconds of silence after the last note.

rick said...

Hughesy said...

"Here Comes The Weekend" - Dave Edmunds

Bill said...

Fiddle About -- The Who
Julie Ocean -- The Undertones
Girls Talk -- Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Ken D said...

"Political Science" by Randy Newman.

itsok2beright said...

Modern Times Rock and Roll; Queen
So Come On; Les Fleur De Lys
Hello There; Cheap Trick
All Shook Up; Elvis
A Certain Girl; Allen Toussaint (Ok, it's 2:15)

Mr. Baez said...

"Why Don't We Do It In The Road" - The Beatles
"White Riot" - The Clash
"Mercedes Benz" - Janis Joplin
"Breaking Glass" - David Bowie
"Cripple Creek Ferry" - Neil Young

Anonymous said...

Not sure if are the best, but always enjoy them. And yes, directly from Itunes.

1. Sgt Peppers Reprise
2. Uranium - Kraftwerk
3. God bless the children of the beast - Motley Crue
4. Flesh - Ken Nordine
5. Nevermore - Queen
6. Give me something - Yoko Ono (so, so underrated!)
7. Dirty, dirty feeling - Elvis
8. Rhododendron - Beta Band
9. Bite the bullet - Motorhead
10. Thuth drug - Nick Lowe
11. Hippy hippy shake - Chan Romero

I'll stop. Too many indeed.


ibelieveinimmaculateconception said...

Yeah Yeah - The Revillos
Fast Cars - The Buzzcocks

Zippy said...

Springsteen "Two For The Road"
Pink Floyd "Pigs on The Wing" (Either 1 or 2)

Zippy said...

Beatles "I Me Mine" (Naked version, the way it was recorded)

Anonymous said...

Judy Is a Punk

elroy said...

I thought for sure someone would mention Mystery Dance by Elvis Costello (1:35) but I do not see it above!

buzzbabyjesus said...

Ha! I just scanned all the comments for "Mystery Dance".

M_Sharp said...

"Cretin Hop" and "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" - Ramones
"Poor Little Critter On The Road" - The Knitters
"M-M-M Motor Vehicle" - Ben Vaughn Combo
"Asshole" - Jim Dickinson
"I Don't Want The Night To End" - Nick Lowe
"I Like It All" - Supersuckers
"Do A Half-Ass Job" - Sherry Bobbins
"Whiskey Wagon" - Barrance Whitfield & The Savages

Dr Wu said...

Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ ‘Stay’ (1959)
Length 1:37 - Shortest number one of all time.

Dave said...

“Stay”—Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
“Meant For You” and “Wake the World” — Beach Boys

Guy Incognito said...

I'm late to the party (which is fashionable, unless the party already ended)

Uncorrected Personality Traits - Robyn Hitchcock
Beaten To the Punch - EC & the Attractions
I Will - The Beatles
Teddy Bear - Elvis
The Wind - Cat Stevens
Shout Bamalama - The Pinetoppers (Otis)
I See Moe - Guadalcanal Diary
Kiss Me, Son of God - TMBG
I'm In Love With a Girl - Big Star
Meant For You - The Beach Boys

Bill said...

I See Moe--good one!
And one more:
Guess Things Happen That Way -- Johnny Cash

Anonymous said...

"She Said Yeah"!

Both the Stones and the Larry Williams versions.

Captain Al

Anonymous said...

A great list above! Nice weekend mix. Better late than never? Here's a few more from the margins.

Whitey On the Moon - Gil Scott-Heron
Acid Commercial - Country Joe & the Fish
Hawaii 5-0 - Ventures
Tequila - Challengers
Loneliest Person - Pretty Things
Ain't Got No - Hair, Orig Broadway Cast

Growing up in SoCal in the '70s-80s there were no shortage of short punk tunes around. Some still as relevant as the day they were recorded...
Teenage Lobotomy - Ramones (It's Alive version)
Bloodstains - Agent Orange
1945 - Social Distortion
World War III - T.SO.L.
Fight War Not Wars - Anti