July 27, 2012

Great Songs Under 2 Minutes

Not many hit songs are less than 3 or 4 minutes, but not every great song takes that long to get its point across. In fact, there are some fantastic songs that will stick in your head much longer than they last on the record. If you don't have time to check out a bunch of 10-minute long epics, look no furthur! Here are my some of my favorite songs that are less than 2 minutes long.

Neutral Milk Hotel - "The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1"
Time: 2:00

Possibly one of the best album openers ever, this quick, lively tune got the amazing album In The Aeroplane Over The Sea off to a running start, complete with Jeff Mangum's droning voice and creepy lyrics.

Neutral Milk Hotel-"The King Of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1"

The Head And The Heart - "Cats And Dogs"
Time: 1:56

This track leads off the Seattle group's debut album, sums up their sound quite well, and even includes animal noises!

The Head And The Heart-"Cats And Dogs"

The Lumineers - "Flowers In Your Hair"
Time: 1:50

Another opening track, this rollicking, sweet love song is one of the best songs on their fantastic debut record

The Lumineers-"Flowers In Your Hair"

Nick Drake - "Harvest Breed"
Time: 1:37

This album, Pink Moon, is one of my favorites of all time, and it runs only 28 minutes long! All the songs are brief, but they will stick with you for years.

Nick Drake-"Harvest Breed"

Hey Marseilles - "Someone To Love"
Time: 1:54

This charming ballad by the Seattle folkestral group sound like their version of Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into The Dark." While it is from a different perspective, it has the same honest romanticism.

Hey Marseilles-"Someone To Love"

Manchester Ochestra - "100 Dollars"
Time: 1:50

This quick track about needing an extra buck starts out soft and acoustic, then builds quickly to a huge climax. He just needs some money!

Manchester Orchestra-"100 Dollars"

Town Hall - "Pandora"
Time: 1:45

This was the first song I heard from this young group of NYU students, and it got me hooked. While it didn't make their album, it is still lots of fun and doesn't take long to get the message across.

Town Hall-"Pandora"


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