50 Great Songs Under 2 Minutes Long

I had so much fun last week doing my list of 50 Great Songs Over 7 Minutes Long That Didn’t Make Rolling Stone’s List that I figured I would do a sequel.

Caveats: for better and worse, this list wasn’t created by a group of people sitting in a room, but rather just one guy using his iTunes. It’s probably too short on hardcore and too long on funny songs. However, when putting it together, it struck me that wittiness is a factor in a great short song in the same way that groove is a factor in a great long song.

This time, I narrowed it down to a single song per artist. Some of these are even the best song that artist ever did! And like last time, it’s alphabetical by artist.

50 Great Songs Under 2 Minutes Long

  1. The Apples in Stereo – She’s Telling Lies
  2. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
  3. The Breeders – New Year
  4. Buzzcocks – Oh Shit!
  5. The Byrds – Old John Robertson
  6. Camper Van Beethoven – Abundance
  7. The Cat Heads – Hubba Part 1
  8. Cheap Trick – Hello There
  9. The Clash – White Riot (U.K. Single)
  10. Elvis Costello – Mystery Dance
  11. Cowboy Junkies – Mining For Gold
  12. Bo Diddley – Gun Slinger
  13. Bob Dylan & The Band – Odds and Ends
  14. Dave Edmunds – What Did I Do Last Night?
  15. Elastica – Vaseline
  16. The English Beat – Click Click
  17. Guided by Voices – Hardcore UFOs
  18. Robyn Hitchcock – Uncorrected Personality Traits
  19. Hüsker Dü – Actual Condition
  20. ISM – Nixon Now More Than Ever
  21. The Jam – But I’m Different Now
  22. Lemonheads – Bit Part
  23. Magnetic Fields – Reno Dakota
  24. Masters Of Reality – Madonna
  25. Moby Grape – Truly Fine Citizen
  26. Monty Python’s Flying Circus – Bruce’s Philosophers Song
  27. Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Theme Song
  28. Nirvana – Molly’s Lips
  29. Pavement – Debris Slide
  30. Pixies – Distance Equals Rate Times Time
  31. Elvis Presley – All Shook Up
  32. Queen – Modern Times Rock ‘n’ Roll
  33. R.E.M. – Windout
  34. Ramones – Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Live)
  35. Rancid – Indestructible
  36. The Replacements – Wake Up
  37. The Rolling Stones – One More Try
  38. Simon & Garfunkel – The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)
  39. The Simpsons – The Monorail Song
  40. The Smiths – Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want
  41. South Park – Uncle Fucka
  42. Tenacious D – Dio
  43. They Might Be Giants – We’re The Replacements
  44. Too Much Joy – Train in Vain
  45. Van Halen – Eruption
  46. The Vaselines – Monsterpussy
  47. Violent Femmes – Old Mother Reagan
  48. The Waterboys – Spirit
  49. The White Stripes – Fell in Love With a Girl
  50. X – We’re Desperate

Next week: 50 Great Songs Between 3:00 and 3:30!!

11 Responses to “50 Great Songs Under 2 Minutes Long”

  1. Rob says:

    You left off Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes.

  2. Kirk says:

    Nothing from the Commercial Album?

  3. john r says:

    Good list of short songs. Here is some more good ones.
    Tom Waits- Underground
    Nick Lowe- Heart Of The City
    Husker Du- Target
    Billy Bragg- Busy Girl Buys Beauty
    Minutemen-This Ain’t No Picnic
    The Clean- Someone
    The Thermals- Our Trip
    Wire- Champs
    Yo La Tengo- Return of Hot Chicken
    Link Wray – Run Chicken Run
    Speedy West&Jimmy Bryant- Caffeine Patrol
    Big Star-I’m In Love With A Girl
    Sebadoh-License To Confuse
    Moving Targets-Let Me Know Why
    Johnny Cash-Pickin Time
    Neko Case- I Missed The Point

  4. Jake says:

    Rancid – Indestructible = Quite probably the band’s worst song/album.

  5. Heo says:

    the letter- box tops

  6. paulie says:

    How about,
    Rod Picot: “Up All Night” (from the album Stray Dogs)

  7. Pidcoe says:

    How about anything christian and can dance to?

  8. EpicCheese says:

    Dipshit. No one gives a fuck about these shitty songs,so a pop/hiphop/eminem eddition (If ur askin bout my name, I felt like it bitches so shut the fuck up cunts)

  9. jessie says:

    phew,i am finding two min long songs as i have a two minutes of fame competition

  10. DigbyGeraldThurstons says:

    Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman.

    EpicCheese, why do you seem to have such an attitude problem? Did your mother take you off the breast too soon perhaps?


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