Whether it be a reprise, interlude, or just a short track, I feel that songs under one minute are underrated. If you look at streaming numbers, they are often the least streamed part of an album. However, I adore a bite-sized track that serves its purpose.
The following are my favorite songs that clock in under (or just at) one minute long. And what better way to celebrate short songs than with a one-sentence descriptor?
“Variations On A Theme (Science Vs. Romance)” by Rilo Kiley
The eight track on “Takeoffs and Landings,” this short, sweet and enchanting instrumental track is a callback to the hit “Science Vs. Romance.”
“(Can We Be Friends?)” by Conan Gray
This dreamy and lullaby-esque track speaks on a ride-or-die friendship with an air of vulnerability and innocence.
“Smoke Signals (Reprise)” by Phoebe Bridgers
The finale of Bridgers’ debut album “Stranger in the Alps,” she hums the melody of the first track, ending where she started.
“Fertilizer” by Frank Ocean
Beginning with the sound of someone flipping the channels on a TV (in reference to the album title, “Channel Orange,”) the quippy lyrics make up a jingle for fertilizer, cutting off with a laugh track.
“Pet Cemetery” by Tierra Whack
Whack sings about a rather sad subject (the death of a dog), contrasting it with an upbeat ambience creating a track that is bound to stay stuck in your head after listening to it even once.
“Sometimes…” by Tyler the Creator
The third track on “Flower Boy,” “Survivor” contestant Shane Powers narrates this track, asking Tyler which song he wants to hear next, serving as the intro for “See You Again.”
“The Lovely Linda” by Paul McCartney
Dedicated to his then-wife Linda McCartney, this is a sweet-as-honey love song that serves as the intro to his debut solo album, “McCartney.”
If you want to listen to these tracks, you can check out the playlist I made especially for you.
Until next time,