“I’ve been with myself for so long now, I like it … I’m not willing to give up that independence for anyone. Basically, there’s the tiniest, tiniest, tiniest chance you might find someone you can have a real and long-lasting relationship with. In my teenage years, I was enamored by the idea of romance because I thought it was going to be this ‘happily ever after’ situation.“
- Taylor Swift for Wonderland Magazine cover story
It’s only radio music that suits this qualification. Most of the bands and singers who have 3-4 minute radio hits also have songs of other lengths. Beyoncé for instance has a couple songs of only two or three seconds each. Nickelback’s 6 second song, “Look at this graph” has also been popular online. At the other end of the spectrum, most of Taylor Swift’s non-radio songs are well over 6 hours, comparable to some Wagner or Philip Glass works.
These experimental songs can’t be played on radio, but Swift’s fans all agree her masterpiece is the 17 hour “Einstein In Trouble,” a song she has only performed once live to the detriment of her vocal cords, only two of which remain after the concert, which also left 600 patrons able to “hear smells”.
The longest song of recent times though is the original cut of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” which weighs in at 39 hours and 24 minutes, and includes the words “Oh my gosh, look at her butt” exactly 10,000 times.