Less is more, as they say, so here's 30 amazing tracks that clock in at under two and a half minutes suggested by NME readers and writers. The Smiths' Please Please Please (2:01) kicks us off. "Please please give me more!" Alison Richards pleads to her CD player after every listen of the track, before reaching for the repeat button.
Blur - Song #2 (2:00): "I NEED MORE WOOHOOS! WHY'S IT SO SHORT ARGHHH!" wrote NME reader Ryan Pollard of this raucous classic which, after two minutes of Albarn screams, vintage Coxon riffing and all-round scrappy Britpop mayhem disappears as suddenly as it arrived.
Frank Ocean – Fertilizer (0:39): Nestled among fully-formed tracks on R&B innovator Frank Ocean's 2012 'Channel Orange' debut album is this snippet of sun-soaked soul with echoes of Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder. Short and sweet - not to mention hands down the most beautiful song ever written about manure.
Nirvana – Very Ape (1:56): Such was Nirvana's freight train energy that the Seattle trio's tracks often blazed to competion in scorching two minute bursts. This is their best short track though, according to NME Reviews Editor Tom Howard.
Neil Young – Needle and the Damage Done (2:01): "The best track ever recorded under three minutes long, FACT," says Eve Stronerstronn on Facebook.
Green Day – Jaded (1:31): NME reader Tom Kirk was the first to suggest this energetic punk blast from the 'Dookie' songwriters. Fast and frantic, it's the trio at their caterwauling best.
Simon & Garfunkel – April Come She Will (1:53): "It doesn't even hit the 2 min mark. My ears yearn for more every time it plays," wrote Niquita Ehrlich on Twitter.
Minor Threat – Straight Edge (0:46): NME reader Jay Lyons writes: "They set out their entire manifesto in 46 seconds. Respect!" Like so many other bands from the hardcore scene they helped shape, this is over in a furious flash.
The Stone Roses - Elizabeth My Dear (0:58): Tim Spencer suggested this Roses gem. "Perfect lyrics that are timeless. All in less than 1 minute," he tweeted.
Vaccines – Wreckin’ Bar (1:26): Another popular pick on Twitter, this track, which proved the Vaccines' breakthrough anthem, "packs more intelligence and passion into 90 seconds than most bands manage with 4 or 5 minutes," says Lashmal Jayanthi on Facebook.
The Pixies – Broken Face (1:30): Their recent EPs may have seen the band experiment with longer song lengths but traditionally Francis Black's gang have worked best in fun, furious spurts. Just take this beefy 'Surfer Rosa' anthem.
Fugazi – Great Cop (1:19): Another speedy blitz of punk pandemonium. Probably so brief because, if it went on any longer, drummer Brendan Canty would have some kind of coronary from all that frantic tub-thumping.
The Strokes - 12:51 (2.29): Masters of not outstaying their welcome on tracks, The Strokes' '12:51' is "snappy pop-rock perfection" says Jenny Wilson on NME's Facebook page.
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers (2.00): This twisted folk anthem "doesn't hang around, but takes you on a mindbending trip. I love it," writes Kate Strand.
Elvis Presley – All Shook Up (2:03): "It only took two minutes for the King to change the course of rock 'n' roll history. Which is incredible when you think about it," wrote NME reader Tom Cryle.
The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby (2:08): The definition of short and sweet: violins tumble over McCartney and the gang's telling of two troubled lovers, thawing even the icyest of hearts in just 120 seconds.
Radiohead – I Will (2:00): From 2003's 'Hail To The Thief', 'I Will' doesn't hang around, lasting a miserly two minutes on the dot. Then again, when you've got seven minute epics like 'Paranoid Android' to your name, you've more than earned the right to write a couple of shorter songs.
PJ Harvey – No Child of Mine (1:09): "Just over a minute is all it takes for Polly Harvey to deliver this arresting acoustic moment of genius," says Corby Richardson via Facebook.
Primal Scream – Velocity Girl (1:28): "It's the obvious choice!" roared NME reader Frank Gillespie, who we're assuming is no relation to rampaging Scream frontman Bobbie Gillespie.
Kate Bush - Under The Ivy (2:08): "Can't get enough of the Bush, can you?" wrote Don Bradley on NME's Facebook. You could have phrased that better, Don, but we're with you.
The Shins – This Celibate Life (1:50): "Less than two minutes is all it takes for James Mercer to prove he's the indie songwriting king," argued Brian McCullough on Twitter.
Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz (1:16): One of two final songs recorded before her death in 1970 (the other was a birthday gift to John Lennon), this is a stirring farewell from the folk icon, recorded in just one take.
The Horrors – Sheena Is A Parasite (1:43): NME reader Douglas Fleming put forth this vintage piece of Horrors rock 'n' roll gloom on Twitter as a short-but-sublime banger.
Kanye West – New Slaves: "Specifically, Frank Ocean's beautiful coda at the end of 'New Slaves'. It's onyl 30 seconds but it's majestic," says NME.com Assistant Editor Al Horner. "I'm waiting for the day a full length version of that drops."
Father John Misty - O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me (2:24): "It's not very long but it packs a lot in. What it lacks in length it makes up for in raw emotion," writes NME reader John Chiles.
White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl (1:54): Claudia Manca was one of many on Twitter complaining this Stripes classic should be longer. "I'm sick of having to play it on repeat!"
The Cribs – Our Bovine Public (2:18): This Cribs fan favourite's short runtime "doesn't do it justice" according to NME reader Nathan Manic, who wishes it was longer. Can you have too much of a good thing?
The Clash – White Riot (1:53): "When it comes to the best short song ever, The Clash, like in most things, take the crown. You've gotta love 'White Riot'," wrote Paul Baker on Facebook.
Radiohead - Faust Arp (2:08): The most stirring track on 2008's 'In Rainbows' was arguably its shortest. For a band as complex and constantly boundary-pushing as Radiohead, to have their sound stripped back to just Thom's enigmatic vocal and Jonny Greenwood's expert guitar-playing - even if only for 120 seconds - made this track a welcome surprise.
Prince - 'Purple Rain': "Sure it has, like, 15 guitar solos already and goes on forever, but could it be even longer? Imagine it had just seven more guitar solos," says Derek Gibson on NME's Facebook. "It's not 'technically' a short song but thinking about how long I could listen to it for, it seems pretty sprightly."