I don’t know why a desire to know the shortest song to make it to the top of the Billboards chart popped into my mind, but it’s nice to know that Google makes it easy to satisfy such desires.
Here’s a couple of hints: the song appeared in Dirty Dancing, and Jackson Browne did his own unique take on the song.
The song is Stay, a doo-wop song written by Maurice Williams and first recorded in 1960 by Williams with his group the Zodiacs. The song was written by Williams in 1953 when he was 15 years old. He had been trying to convince his date not to go home at 10 o’clock as she was supposed to. He lost the argument, but as he was to relate years later, “Like a flood, the words just came to me.”
The original recording of “Stay” remains the shortest single ever to reach the top of the American record charts, at 1 minute 36 seconds in length. (Wikipedia)
Here’s the Jackson Browne version:
And speaking of short songs, here is the shortest commercial song ever released. It is You Suffer by Napalm Death, and is all of a whopping 1.3 seconds. Somehow the video has more than eight million views.
I wonder if my blog posts will get more views if I can keep them under three words…