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The 10 Best Indie Rock Songs Under 2 Minutes

Stereogum | October 17, 2011 - 10:56 am

Time is a valuable thing, and the musicians who can make a quick point in a short amount of time deserve their props. We’ve put together a quick list of ten excellent songs from indie’s past (and from a few associated genres), all of which end in 120 seconds or less. These tracks throw their shit on the table right away, drive their points home as fast as possible, and end quickly enough that they’re still rattling around in your head long after the next track has already started. The best part: You can listen to the whole playlist in less than 20 minutes.

Wire – “Three Girl Rhumba”:

Minor Threat – “I Don’t Wanna Hear It”:

The Smiths – “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”:

Primal Scream – “Velocity Girl”:

Bikini Kill – “New Radio”:

Guided By Voices – “Game Of Pricks”:

DJ Shadow – “Organ Donor”:

Neutral Milk Hotel – “King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1″:

The Mountain Goats – “Dance Music”:

Joanna Newsom – “On A Good Day”:

Plenty of other great songs could’ve made this list: The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With A Girl,” the Misfits’ “Braineaters,” Spoon’s “You Gotta Feel It,” Sleater-Kinney’s “Little Mouth,” the Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips,” Madvillain’s “Accordion,” the list goes on. In the comments section, name some of your favorites.