On shorter songs

by | Aug 28, 2023

Have you ever noticed that songs these days are getting shorter?

Here comes the hook….

Here it comes again!

It’s no longer: Intro, Verse, Pre-chorus, Chorus, Verse…

Yep, songs today are getting shorter, with many under 2 minutes. This is a departure from the traditional 3-4 minute standard due to factors like attention span & evolving distribution priorities.

The historical limitation of vinyl records and radio’s focus on listener attention span played a role in shaping the length of songs. Shorter tracks with long intros & fades were preferred to keep the audience engaged.

Shorter songs have financial advantages as they pay out the same royalty rate as longer ones. This means that artists and labels can maximize royalties by encouraging repeated plays.

🎶: Short songs have become a trend in the music industry, but trends can change quickly….

I like me a good, long song:

  • Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”
  • Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
  • John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things.”

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