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Best Shortest Songs

What are some of the best shortest songs out there?

There are short songs that serve as intros, outros, or ones that have a purely atmospheric value. There are hidden tracks. Joke songs. Maybe all of the above.

Here are some short songs (all under 2 minutes) that I love. And if you can think of other ones, tell me!

1. Her Majesty - The Beatles

This is a good starting point. “Her Majesty” was famously left off Side Two of Abbey Road and later put back in at the very end. Good decision after all! This is the shortest song on my list, and one of the more popular ones. 

2. Crackity Jones - Pixies

Straight up rocker from the Pixies. Standout quote: “I’m moving out of this hospedaje/I’m afraid you’ll cut me, boy!”. 

3. Bookends Theme - Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel seem to the masters of short songs. Check out Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Thyme for more songs that clock in right around 2 minutes. One of my other favorites is “A Poem On The Underground Wall”. (Unfortunately, none of the S & G videos are allowed to be embedded on Tumblr, so you have to watch it on YouTube). 

4. Illustrated Bible Stories for Children - The Weakerthans

The Weakerthans aren’t the most well-known band, and even if you’re familiar with their music, you might not know that aside from power-pop they are also a really good folk band. In my opinion, a much better folk band. 

5. Utilitarian - Spoon

One of Spoon’s earliest efforts. One of their best. Standout quote: “I’ve got meat in my arms/I’ve got steel in my teeth, so come on”. 

6. I Will - Radiohead

This one of a bit of a stretch because it comes in right at the 2:00 minute mark, but I couldn’t not put this song in. One of the most beautiful Radiohead songs. (EMI also won’t let me embed this song. Watch on YouTube!)

7. Raining In Darling - Bonnie “Prince” Billy.

I saved the best for last. This song is probably the saddest in the list, even though we have Radiohead on here. Standout quote: “And I know you love me/I know you do”.