Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)

It used to be said that the perfect pop song lasted just under three minutes. Now all that matters is the first 30 seconds. Songwriters desperate to catch the ear of fickle modern listeners are loading introductions with catchy hooks, samples and recognisable vocals. Experts say the shift is driven by streaming services such as Spotify, which are said to pay royalties only if a track is played for more than half a minute. Most 45 rpm singles in the 1950s and early 1960s were around 3 minutes in length, the majority less than 180 seconds. This was both a … Continue reading Three Minute Heroes: Great songs of 3 minutes (or slightly less)