The Recommendation Project Part 6: 2 Minute Warning

Some people can say everything they need in about two minutes.  I mean, just look at the Ramones. I think there’s one song in their entire repetoire that runs more than four minutes.  The vast majoriy are around that two-minute sweet spot.

But picking a Ramones song is easy.  Let’s see if we can agree on a bunch of songs that are paragons of brevity that weren’t written by the Ramones.

Here are the rules for The Recommendation Project.

1.  Look me up on Rdio ( and find the playlist marked The Recommendation Project Part 6:  Two Minutes of Heaven.

2.  Submit ONE (and only ONE) song to the playlist that as a maximum time of no more than 2 minutes and 20 seconds. 

3.  As usual, the song can be brand new or just new to you.  For example, if you’re recently discovered the Ramones, they have a ton of 2-minute wonders.  Feel free to add one to the playlist, but like I said, let’s try to keep the Ramones songs to a minimum.

4.  Let your friends know about the project.  Get them to contribute.

Check in often to see who has contributed what.  I’ve started things off with “Panic” from the Smiths.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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