Posts Tagged ‘songs running 2:42’

Perfect timing

31 May 2009

Joshua Allen argued last year that the perfect length for a pop single was 2:42, and put up a muxtape to illustrate, though subsequently ran afoul of The Authorities. Featured track: “There She Goes” by the La’s.

It occurs to me that no one (well, hardly anyone) puts out a song that short anymore. In contrast, there were three 2:42 tracks on the Beatles’ White Album.

I wrote about this phenomenon at greater length last year on another site, but I figured it was, um, time to bring it up again.