I'm not the first (nor the last) to say this: Short and sweet can be a nice thing. Recently, NME and Paste championed the best sub-two-minute songs. Between the two, obvious tracks ("Fell In Love With a Girl" and "Vaseline") are listed, but there are some less-heralded quickies ("Tourettes" and "I Will") that receive their due. But there are others that I'm fond of, so why not give you a few:"Frank Mills," The Lemonheads: Only Evan Dando can get away with covering this song from "HAIR." Growing up, I didn't have a clue about the song's origin. I just thought it was a cool, strange track. "It's a Shame About Ray" is a perfect rainy-day record that features five, sub-to-minute tracks. Just put it on and let it play over and over.
"Rave On," Buddy Holly: Lubbock's own. Most of his songs with The Crickets were less than three minutes long. And most of them are gems. A pure song-writing genius.
"Let's Go," Rancid: Sure, there are at least a few really good Minor Threat or Fugazi songs that could go right here, too. But when it comes to quick, catchy, piss-n-vinegar punk, I opt for Rancid.
"Flute Loop," Beastie Boys: Sampled from "Flute Thing" by The Blues Project, this song just makes me happy. And sometimes that's all a song needs to do. Am I right?