Steve homan 2008-05-07 18:54:13
Trying to determine the shortest songs (in minutes) that made the Top 40. My
guess would be the Dave Clark Five’s “I Like It Like That” or “Please Tell
Me Why — both just over two minutes.
Record geek 2008-05-07 18:54:20
My guess would be “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.
Dchord568 2008-05-07 18:54:22
<< Woah!!! There's also "Some Kind Of Earthquake" by Duane Eddy and "Let's Get Together" by Haley Mills. Both under a minute thirty. I don't have exact times to hand, but I've always understood that "Some Kind of Earthquake" was the shortest song to make the Billboard Top 40, while "Stay" is the shortest #1. Further... << My Again I don't have it exact, but I'm virtually certain that "Please Tell Me Why" is less than 1:40. And long ago, I remember hearing that the shortest song to make the Billboard Hot 100 was "Little Boxes" by The Womenfolk (#83, 1964). IIRC, it clocks in at 1:05 or thereabouts.
Cinemascoper1 2008-05-07 18:54:24
"Let's Get Together" is also a contender for the worst vocal on a top 40 record, rivalling the immortal "Red Sails In The Sunset" by Tab Hunter (forget "Young Love" -- on RSITS Tab not only can't sing, but even has trouble breathing properly). ================================================= "I don't mind lying, but I HATE inaccuracy." -- Samuel Butler
Mombu 2008-05-07 18:54:47
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Tomfromphilly 2008-05-07 18:55:10
Maybe I’m wrong, but just a guess, because I haven’t looked lately is:
Liar, Liar – The Castaways
which I think comes in UNDER 2 minutes.
Jr13157 2008-05-07 18:55:13
I’m sure it’s not the shortest… but at 1:50, it clocks in under 2 minutes..
I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight – Barry and the Tamerlanes.
Reached # 21 in 1963.
Taliesyn 2008-05-07 18:55:38
It made #6 at WABC and #15 on the national chart (Cash Box).
Bobradil 2008-05-07 18:55:43
IIRC, The Dave Clark Five’s “I Like It Like That” times out to around 1:35.
Coincidentally, also around June, 1965, Lesley Gore had a quickie with
“Sunshine, Lollypops & Rainbows that also timed out around 1:35. And then a
month or so later was the 6:00+ “Like A Rolling Stone”!
CC: “I don’t bite ;-)”
Regina litman 2008-05-07 18:55:46
According to the Top Pop Singles book, “Some Kind of Earthquake” is 1:17
and is noted as being the shortest Top 40 charting record. It peaked at
#37 in 1959. (I’ve never heard it.)
“Stay” is not specially noted in the book.
I didn’t scroll down far enough in your original message to see this
part, and I was about to jump in with the unasked-for answer of the
shortest record to chart. This one is noted as being the shortest
charted record of the rock era, with a time of 1:02.
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Steve propes 2008-05-09 06:27:02
Never heard Lesley’s cover of that.