10 Songs With Great 42 Second Marks

Here are some great songs with great 42 second marks you need to check out!

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Here are some great songs with great 42 second marks you need to check out!

10. Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days

Chris Cornell's voice has always been that extra driving force behind the band. That's made perfectly clear in this song's 42 second mark. Listen as Cornell sings the word "time" like a man with nothing to lose.

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9. Pixies - Debaser

Pixies would go on to inspire many musicians for decades to come. Perhaps most notably was their influence on Nirvana. It's very likely that Kurt himself once heard the 42 second mark of this song and was instantly inspired. Listen closely for the chaos and calamity present that only the Pixies could pull off so perfectly.

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8. Foxboro Hot Tubs - 27th Ave Shuffle

Not many people are aware of Foxboro Hot Tubs, and even fewer are aware of how incredible the 42 second mark of this song is. In this brief clip alone, Billie Joe Armstrong, accompanied by distorted guitars and heavy drums, sings about pills and alcohol in a way that only a Green Day side project front man could.

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7. AC/DC - If You Want Blood (You've Got It)

AC/DC lost a legend when Bon Scott unfortunately passed away in the early months of 1980. Let us remember him by rocking out to that brief one second moment of this classic tune. Coincidentally, Scott only sings the latter half of the word "nothing" before he's completely absent for the remainder of this section. Perhaps this was a taste of what was sadly to come.

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6. Foo Fighters - Weenie Beenie

There are some people who believe that "White Limo" was actually the spiritual successor to "Weenie Beenie," and it's hard not to. Just in this quick second alone, you get a taste for how crazy it really is. Dave Grohl screams, guitars distort, and drums pound. What more could you want from a Foo Fighters song?

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5. Paul McCartney - 3 Legs

A lot of past Beatles fans were relatively skeptical when Paul released both "Ram" and his debut solo album. Indeed, even his former band mates would criticize his work. In hindsight, however, listening to a song like this one and hearing Paul sing "legs" at this particular moment in it, you can already get a taste for how important this album would go on to become.

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4. Nirvana - School

With Nirvana's second LP came fame and recognition, but before "Nevermind" there was "Bleach." "Bleach" is important for a lot of reasons, and this 42 second mark shows why. Grinding distorted guitar and bass plays in the background as Cobain screams "luck" over everything. And of course, we can't forget to acknowledge that drum roll leading into the chorus. A drum roll played not by Grohl, but by Chad Channing.

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3. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba

While this song's 42 second mark does lack Jack White's signature voice, it contains something much more important: Meg White's drumming. People often criticize Meg for her stripped down technique but, listening here, it's clear just how important it was to the band. You won't hear this on "Lazaretto."

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2. Queens Of The Stone Age - A Song For The Dead

With quite possibly one of the most bad-a-s intros in the history of QOTSA songs, this 42 second mark was a guaranteed to make the cut. This brief taste of it prepares you for listening to the full intro, which will then most likely prepare you for listening to the full song.

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1. Led Zeppelin - Ramble On

Whether you love them or hate them, it's impossible to deny that Led Zeppelin is one of the most important bands of the last few decades. They would go on to inspire millions of guitarists, bassists, drummers, and singers for years and years to pass and come. Let us honor them the only way we know how: by rocking out to the 42 second mark of "Ramble On."

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Got any other great songs with awesome 42 second marks? Post them below!

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39 comments sorted by best / new / date

    klynch
    42 seconds is 24 reversed. 2-4=2 , the number difference between 4 and 2 is 1. Take the sum of the last equation and add 1, which equals 3. These are 10 songs and it has been 10 years since Half-Life 2. Praise Gaben, Illuminati, Adam Lambert, Half-Life 3 is confirmed!
    The_Pyramidion
    What is the meaning of life, of everything. 42. These musicians get it; they must also be reptilians.
    Izzy-Sweet
    This is the most useless information I've ever been given, yet I'm not disappointed with it.
    guitar/bass95
    I've never seen an article that is as informative and as unnecessary as this is at the same time :O
    Petrucci08
    I would like to give you an upvote but... you have exactly 42 upvotes, it would be a shame to ruin that
    Philip Xander
    I love this comment but I cannot vote. I'll upvote all the other comments, but they belong to you my friend!
    MaXiMuse
    These 42 s marks aren't that interesting. Look at Soundgarden en Led Zep. And the riff from Song for the Dead starts before 42 seconds already. So you basically can use it for every song you think is awesome...
    crazysam23_Atax
    How useless... When did it become good form to write UG columns that didn't do anything? You're not writing about anything, discussing anything, or teaching anything.
    Dynamight
    It's just another "hey, check out my favorite songs" list, disguised as something else.
    sn00ze
    So, what are you saying? Yes, I am seriously asking whether I'm missing something.
    MaggaraMarine
    I didn't understand how exactly these 42 second marks were so special. I mean, yes, the songs may be freaking awesome. But is the 42 second mark supposed to be the highlight of these songs? If yes, I don't really agree. Also, you could start any awesome song at 42 seconds and say that's one of the greatest 42 second marks, even though nothing that awesome really happens at 42 seconds. I don't really get the point. Or is this some kind of a troll article? (I mean, it's in the "fiction" section.)
    TimGilbert
    I'm pretty sure it's probably a reference to a hitch hikers guide to the galaxy. The number 42 is the answer to the ultimate question
    cjog210
    I guess if you didn't read that this was a fiction article, you'd be pretty confused.