Minimizing my Karaoke pain

Rumor has it from some of the Echo Nest gang that went to Stockholm last week for new employee orientation that there is some sort of mandatory Karaoke requirement.  Now for some, I’m sure this is great fun, but for others, like myself, not so much.  I thought it would be best to prepare for my own mandatory Karaoke by finding some very short songs in order to minimize my time on stage.   To do this I went through  a database of the top Billboard songs of the last 60 years to find the shortest songs.   Here are some of the top shortest popular songs of the last 60 years:

Length(Seconds) Artist/Title Date
76 Anna Kendrick Cups 2013-01-14
78 Zac Efron What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise) 2006-02-13
83 Buchanan & Goodman Santa And The Satellite (Part I) 1957-12-25
92 Audrey Dear Elvis (Page 1) 1956-09-24
96 Fats Domino Whole Lotta Loving 1958-11-19
98 Glee Cast Isn’t She Lovely 2011-05-30
99 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Stay 1960-10-05
101 Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hippy Hippy Shake 1964-03-09
103 Peter, Paul & Mary Settle Down (Goin’ Down That Highway) 1963-01-21
105 Four Tops Ain’t That Love 1965-08-02
105 Fats Domino Shu Rah 1961-03-22
105 Chuck Berry Let It Rock 1960-02-03
107 Lucas Gabreel & Ashley Tisdale Bop To The Top 2006-02-13
107 Beach Boys, The Little Deuce Coupe 1963-08-19
107 Clyde McPhatter Lover Please 1962-03-05
108 Ventures, The Hawaii Five-O 1969-03-10
110 Glee Cast Sing! 2010-11-01
110 Glee Cast It’s My Life / Confessions Part II 2009-10-26
110 Ricky Nelson If You Can’t Rock Me 1963-04-22

So it looks like my minimum possible karaoke pain will be 76 seconds if I go with Anna Kendrick’s Cups. Certainly better than Gun’s in Roses November Rain at 8:57 seconds or  Don Mclean’s American Pie at 6:49. But better yet, I can go with Hawaii Five-O . That song is not only short, but has no vocals.  With that song I’m sure to be pitch perfect!


  1. #1 by Brian Whitman (@bwhitman) on May 10, 2014 - 8:18 am

    I was hoping we could do Siberian Khatru together :(

  2. #2 by Travis Bickle on May 10, 2014 - 8:20 am

    You’re gonna’ karaoke Hawaii Five-0 ???

  3. #3 by davedesro99 on May 10, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Paul, you’d be great on The Hippy Hippy Shake. And it’d be over in under two minutes.

  4. #4 by fran on May 10, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Maybe “Cups” isn’t a good option. You will have to play the jugglish drums… .

  5. #5 by streetcarts on May 13, 2014 - 3:26 am

    As a fellow digital music analyst, I recommend screwing the data-centric approach and thinking of the most screeching vocals you can — no pitch required! You’d be surprised how many karaoke lists internationally include “God Save The Queen”, for example.

  6. #6 by Ray on May 14, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    I happened to notice one glowing omission, Shel Silverstein’s “26 second song”

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