Top 20 Greatest Songs Under 60 Seconds

As voted by UG community...

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This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the folks of UG community discussing the matter of finest songs that last less than 60 seconds.

We received a solid chunk of votes and around 400 comments, all of which were summed up into a nice Top 20 rundown.

As for the pranksters, Rush technically scored enough votes to reach No. 4 with "2112," but yeah, that one is 20+ minutes long, so no...

Apart from that, we're looking at a bunch of pretty short songs, hence description aren't gonna be miles long either (as if they ever are).

Anyhow, the rundown patiently awaits below...

20. Tool - Intermission

Best song on the entire "Ænima" album, some say...

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19. CHON - wut the.. (poop)

You know what's kinda funny? That this song is labeled as "Explicit" on Spotify...

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18. System of a Down - 36

Mr. Tankian shining bright on this one...

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17. Black Flag - Fix Me

Very close to the 60-second limit, Black Flag are up next with "Fix Me."

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16. The White Stripes - Little Room

Here's a nice explanation from Jack White about this one, it's longer that the tune itself: "People were starting to become disinterested in us in that underground garage-rock cool world. There's a photograph of Meg and I and people attacking us but then they turn out to have cameras... the idea of the name of the album was 'White Blood Cells' with an 'S' instead of a 'C.'

"I was trying to make the point to myself that there's an idea about authenticity and pureness in art that everyone has a different take on. And it takes a lot of time for people to really realize how much truth there is in that. That was what 'Little Room' was about. It was about those ideas but it ended up having a whole new meaning before the year was out."

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15. Kyuss - Lick Doo

Nice little Zappa influence here...

"Well honey you know that you can and will lick mah doo! Yeah!
Well honey you know that you can and will lick mah big fat dooooo! Come on!
You know that you can and will lick mah doo!
You know that you can and will lick mah big fat dooooo!
You know that you can and will lick mah doo!
You know that you can and will lick mah big fat dooooo!
Alright Oh yeah. Come on. Alright. Alright."

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14. Pink Floyd - Stop

Serving as a build-up for "The Trial," "Stop" briefly tells the listener about how "Pink is tired of his life as a fascist dictator and the hallucination ends. Also tired of 'The Wall', he accordingly devolves into his own mind and puts himself on trial."

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13. Crash and the Boys - I'm So Sad, So Very, Very Sad


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12. Anal Cunt - Hitler Was a Sensitive Man

"He went to art school when he was younger
He wanted to be a painter
Hitler was a vegetarian
He was also a non smoker
He hired gay and handicapped officers
He was concerned about overpopulation If Hitler was alive today He'd listen to The Cure, The Smiths, and Depeche Mode"

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11. Dethklok - Deththeme

\m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

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10. The Offspring - Intermission

"YEAHHHH, intermission..."

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9. Minor Threat - Straight Edge

This one is actually the most influential song on the list. Clocking in at 46 seconds, Minor Threat's "Straight Edge" inspired the straight edge subculture...

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8. Korn - Twist

You know what's a great way to kick off an album? 49 seconds of improvised scat singing by Jonathan Davis that sounds like "spitting out twisted rantings of a madman."

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7. The Beatles - Her Majesty

Closing the "Abbey Road" album, "Her Majesty" occurs 14 seconds after the seemingly final song on the album, "The End," making it one of the very first examples of a hidden track.

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6. Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads - Dee

Showcasing the versatility of late great Randy Rhoads, "Dee" is a gorgeous guitar piece planted right in the middle of "Blizzard of Ozz."

NOTE: The video below is a cover version - the original was taken down from the YouTube.

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5. Blink-182 - Happy Holidays, You Bastard

This one was made to "piss parents off," and the goal was probably reached thanks to jolly lyrics like this:

"I hate, hate, hate your guts,
And I'll never talk to you again,
Unless your dad will suck me off
I'll never talk to you again
Unless your mom will touch my cock
I'll never talk to you again
Ejaculate into a sockI'll never talk to you againI'll never talk to you again"

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4. Black Sabbath - Embryo

Instrumental intro to "Children of the Grave," nice little piece...

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3. Judas Priest - The Hellion

Instrumental intro to "Electric Eye," nice little piece...

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2. Napalm Death - You Suffer

Instrumental intro to... oh wait - "You Suffer," the shortest song of all time, precisely 1.316 seconds long...

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1. Tenacious D - Classico

And on the throne of UG this week, you folks crowned the mighty Tenacious D and the glorious 58 seconds of "Classico."

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91 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I'm so sad, so very, very sad .. makes me happy!
    First thing my mind went to when I nominated it, and you can guarantee that if "best rock/metal title sequence" ever comes up as a question I will be nominating Scott Pilgrim yet again!
    Arfing Thumb
    With all the suggested Cartoon Intros I think it's time for a "most Metal (Cartoon) Intros" or something like that
    "It's not a race, guys!" - Wallace Wells, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Fantastic list, too, by the way.
    Alright, this next song goes to the guy making comments on this article, it's called, "We hate you, please die."
    This would have been my choice for Kyuss. Incredible piece very Alice in Chains like.
    Love that song. Wonder if there's a longer version out in some desert studio?
    I've never seen one but if you manage to find anything let me know! I'd definitely give it a listen. Surprised nobody on YouTube has done anything with it to be honest.
    The Tempest
    Just looking at my library, already have Happy Holidays You Bastard and Her Majesty. The following would be good contenders for the list: Song Of The Century - Green Day (0.58) Fight - Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards (0.56) Never Wake Up - Sum 41 (0.45) Blow Job - Blink-182 (0.41) No hate about the style please - I can't exactly include Dream Theater or Iron Maiden on this list!
    Well The Astonishing had a couple of short songs if we want to get specific
    Intro by Sum 41 probably deserves a place, but Crash and the Boys made it, so I can't complain too much.
    I was actually sad that this one was longer than 1 minute, otherwise, I would have nominated it!
    Was actually expecting You Suffer in first place, that was surprising
    What? Family Reunion by Blink-182 should definitely be on this list!
    susanlee54 · May 01, 2016 01:15 AM
    My number one
    By the way, Cattle Decapitation goes even further with "The Recapitation of Cattle" - musically it's even shorter (unfortunately YouTube didn't allow to upload SUCH short songs so it's technically a bit longer in this video). P.S. Comment from YouTube: "I want this played at my funeral"
    Shame on me for not entering a suggestion this week; clocking in at 0:56 - Braineaters, by the Misfits.
    I was gonna nominate that! But I already nominated 3 songs by that time and thought someone else was going to. Or Demonomania.
    I highly recommend everyone listen to "Search" by The Minutemen. The fact that not one of their songs is on here makes me sad.
    this list could've also used a circle jerks song but overall pretty good.
    What The Fuck? Intermission got 10 votes. My nomination for The Hills Have Eyes by Electric Wizard had TWELVE. *edit* Oh wait. There's another one with 12 that was buried in there haha. Still could have made it a tie for #20 >_>
    I thought it said "Greatest" songs under 60 seconds.....most of these suck ,even for 60 seconds. You put fucking Blink in, but SODs Anti Procrastination Song gets left out? Pathetic.
    "My music is better than your music because it's heavier!!! hurrdurrdurr"
    I was hoping Dee by Randy Rhoads would make it. Such an underrated guitarist. RIP Randy Rhoads.
    Im shocked Metallica arent on this UG list. They dont actually have a song under one minute, that Im aware of. But Im still shocked their not on this list....
    Shame tough guy by the Beastie Boys didn't make the list that was the first song that came to my mind
    Fun list! Everything I wanted to see ended up here ("36" and "Fix Me" came to mind immediately).
    Can the Short Music For Short People comp get a mention? A nod? A consolation whatever?