29 Apr 2008 12:00 pm   //   Filed under: Music

We’ve only got 2:42 to save the world

A theory is circulating the Internet that 2:42 is the perfect length for a pop song.

Here are some songs I like that are exactly that length:

  • “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas
  • “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
  • “Teenagers” by My Chemical Romance
  • “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon

If we allow another second on either side, we get some more classics:

  • “Crazy” by Patsy Kline
  • “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” by Elvis Presley
  • “Hot Rod Lincoln” by Commander Cody
  • “I’m On Fire” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “Waterloo” by ABBA
  • “This Charming Man” by The Smiths

Hmm, there might be something to this.