2:42 is Pure Pop Perfection

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According to Joshua Allen, the "perfect pop song" is two minutes and forty two seconds long. And he uses one of my all time favorite songs, one I consider a serious contender for Perfect Pop Song, "There She Goes" by the La's. I loved the line about the song:

When “There She Goes” is over, I guarantee absolutely no one in the room goes: “Jesus, finally.”

So I checked my ripped collection in Amarok to see what I had. Given some small variation in ripping (my "There She Goes" clocked in at 2:43), I searched in my Collection tab of Amarok using "length:>160 length:<164" for the search terms, and I came up with:

Three of my favorite songs from the 4 CD "Children of Nuggets":

11 - Pabst Blue Ribbon
The Untamed Youth
15 - Maryanne
The Spongetones

One of my favorite Cure songs:

An excellent Gram Parsons song, covered by Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris:
Sheryl Crow  Emmylou Harris  Juanita
Sheryl Crow & Emmylou Harris
One of The Boss' best love songs:
06 - I'm On Fire
Bruce Springsteen
One of the best of an incredible collection of songs from The Clean's Anthology:
01 - Tally Ho
The Clean
Solid rocker from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road:
The best movie song, bar none, of all time:
Not surprising to find one from the CD I've been playing over and over recently, Demon Days:
Another slice of pure rootsy pop heaven from Sleepy:

All in all, a filter that turns out pretty well, I'd say.

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I'm not sure I agree with you 100 percent on your detectivework there, trifle.  Your amarok search seems to be testingwhether your 2:42(ish) songs are good, not whether your goodsongs are 2:42ish.  I guess you'd really have to be ranking allthe songs in your collection, so you could see the lengths ofthe highly ranked ones, and who has time for that?When I think of songs less than 3 minutes, I tend to think ofold songs from the 60s, the kind that you can fit so many ofon an oldies collection.BTW I did your search on my collection and it turned up mostlygood stuff too... including Harry MacDonough's "Tessie" from1903 :)mm

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