Good Songs Under 2:00 AKA What Could Have Been

Songs don’t need to be long to be good. The average pop song usually lasts no more than 3:30 seconds, while early rock n roll songs used to average around 2:20 minutes but left the listener feeling satisfied.

Every once in a while though you fall on a piece of music that you wished had been developed further. A brilliant but condensed melody and structure that is so good, you wish it had been stretched out and expanded instead of leaving you wanting more and having to play it on repeat.

Such are the following songs. Some are intros other are outros and some are just short songs – all 2 minutes long or less. While we wonder what could have been, they are all still excellent as is and contain little nuggets of genius.

I could have added a few others to this list, but the common thread in these next 4 songs is the strong melodic component that grabs you that I have not found in others(or have forgotten).

John Frusciante: Untitled #10

Album: Niandra Lades And Usually Just A T-Shirt

John Frusciante is the genius former lead guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They made their best music with him and his playing can be recognized on songs like Under the Bridge, and Road Trippin. Some great guitar videos of him are floating around the net. You can check out his new stuff on his website.

Lenine: Samba Do Quilombo

Lenine is a brasilian singer/songwriter that I discovered a few years back, at the height of my obsession with everything Brazil, a phase that lasted a good 3 years. He’s not the best nor my favorite but this is a great song and I must’ve played it on repeat a hundred times. As with most Bossa Nova, neither the chord progression nor the song structure is conventional voice yet there is something catchy and exhilarating going on imo. I’m not quite sure what album it is from. Educate me if you know.

The Beatles: Her Majesty

Album: Abbey Road

This song written by Paul was featured at the end of the Medley on the B side of the Abbey Road album. I had read something about the song being placed somewhere else on early releases of the album and I have also seen longer versions of it on youtube. This however is the official version that everyone knows. It’s obviously a classic and a great song as is. However this could have been a hit had it been made into a full song. A typical catchy smooth Paul McCartney acoustic number that you can hear over and over again. However at 30 seconds long it becomes frustrating…

DJ Quik – Outro

Album: Balance & Options

Switching gears to rap music. More specifically, West Coast P/G funk . DJ QUIK is one of the best if not The best rap producer out of California, all time. In 1995, after having been listening to NWA, Eazy-E, Notorious BIG and Wu-Tang, I saw a picture of a dude in a Red flannel shirt and red Phillies Baseball Cap in The Source and he just looked badass, a less flashy, more mysterious Snoop. One listen to his album “Safe & Sound” had me hooked.  This is the outro to his Balance & Options album (my 3rd favorite after Rhythmalism). This song has been my ringtone for 2 years and I’ve never had 1 complaint and i’m still not tired of it. Great beat – could have been a hit, can still be a hit!


When Rockers Try Reggae – and it works…


I love discovering hidden Reggae/ska songs on rock albums by otherwise “conventional” artists – especially when they are good. Today while at work I compiled my top 5 Reggae/ska songs by non Reggae artists.



1.Take it Away – Paul McCartney

Taken from the Tug Of war album, the first solo effort by Paul after John Lennon’s death, Take it away is a three part reggae/ska/pop song only McCartney could write.


2. Mother & Child Reunion – Paul Simon

Probably the most pure Ska sounding of all the song on this list, Paul Simon’s Mother & Child Reunion is from his first solo album “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. It sounds like some early Bob Marley and was in fact recorded with Jimmy Cliff in Jamaica. Play this one if you are nostalgic for the sun or in need of a long drive on an empty highway.


3. Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Eric Clapton

Clapton gives a reggae twist to a Dylan classic song.


4. Last Night – Travelling Willburys

5 music legends in their own right got together to record a great album and a very fun reggae inspired song. Vocals are mostly by Tom Petty with a bit of Roy Orbison


5. Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder

Stevie toured with Bob and was a huge fan of reggae. This was the result.his