This is probably not the answer you were looking for, but maybe it will help you to find it. Who holds the record for the shortest song ever recorded? That is an interesting question and it depends on who you ask. It depends also on how you ask, as in some people think a song that is recorded should be the shortest, while other people believe there are certain criteria that a song has to have before it can be called a “short song.”
So who holds the record for the shortest songs ever recorded? Well, the short answer is technically, no one. But if you consider whether a song is really a “short song,” or if you consider whether or not you want to record a song that only lasts for about four minutes, then you get a pretty good idea of who does hold the record. Now, some people will tell you that the shortest song ever recorded is, well, the Beatles’ ” Abbey Road.”
That may very well be so. But then, there are several things that separate Abbey Road from the rest of the list. The shortest song ever recorded by a major recording label, and one that was recorded on ” SATURDAY noon hour” (a.k.a. “SATURDAY noon cycle”), would have to be George Harrison’s classic “My Sweet Lord.” Not only was that song recorded on that day, but it stands as the single most popular song ever performed on “SATURDAY afternoon” and many other days.
What is the duration of the shortest song?
Now, consider this: even if we eliminate all the music that wasn’t recorded on Abbey Road, and include all the songs recorded before that day (and after), how does that touch on the question of who holds the record for the shortest song ever recorded? In other words, if we eliminated all of the music recorded before noon on ” SATURDAY afternoon,” and only include the songs that were recorded on “SATURDAY afternoon” – which would still leave us with George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” Now, the question becomes, how many seconds each of those songs has been played? How many seconds, in other words, has it been played since George Harrison croaked on “My Sweet Lord?”
Well, consider this: the average human being (a human being with absolutely no musical talent whatsoever) can play all of those songs in an entire lifetime. Therefore, someone who considers themselves a musical genius, has had access to every single song recorded by every single band that ever existed. And we can also use math here: the sum of all the times that the question of who holds the record for the shortest song ever recorded goes on would equal the total number of seconds played by all of those participating bands multiplied by the number of seconds in a minute. Multiplying these by the number of seconds in a minute gives us the number of songs performed by all those participating bands in an entire concert, or track, or album. Therefore, the answer to the question of who holds the record for the shortest song ever recorded instantly becomes “the band with the shortest amount of time played.”
How many seconds and which team sang?
Now, if we were to ask the question of who holds the record for the longest song ever played, then we would have to go even farther in finding the answer. Who holds the record for the longest song ever recorded? And now we would need to take into account the fact that each band member plays a different song and each member’s song plays in a different order. In short, we would have to take into account the fact that a band may feature a lead vocalist (Vocalist: where she plays her own instrument during a song, but must always be back up to a monitor and share the music with another member, the guitarist performs mostly on acoustic guitars and also plays a handful of electric guitar riffs), a rhythm guitarist (also known as a lead guitarist) and a singer (as above).
So, we know who holds the record for the shortest song ever played, but the question still remains: which one of those bands actually played the shortest song? It is quite simple actually, all we have to do is look at some of the historical facts that surround each band and we will soon find out who played the shortest song. The first question we should ask ourselves is who actually recorded the shortest song. Yes, if there is a single recording of the song, then that band is the official owner of that track and they can call themselves the owner of that record. On the other hand, if no single recording exists, then that is the time when someone must have played the song (if you are asking this question before you start your research, please keep it brief, otherwise your research will be much longer than what it needs to be).
Therefore, to answer the question: who holds the record for the shortest song ever played, we need to take all of the information that we have about each band member and then figure out who played the song. If you know that the lead vocalist of a band played a handful of acoustic guitar riffs and solo acoustic guitar solos during their career, then they are probably the rightful owner of that song. However, if the only evidence that you have is a track listing from sometime in the 70s, then that lead vocalist may not actually have played any of the songs.