Top 10 Songs Written in Less Than 10 Minutes

This list is about songs whose essence was written in less than 10 minutes. The process of polishing the songs isn't included.

It's about that main chuck of music, and sometimes key lyric lines, that are the essential parts of the song.
The Top Ten
1 Yesterday - The Beatles

Paul McCartney heard almost the entire melody in a dream, but he didn't believe it was his original melody. And he wrote random lyrics about scrambled eggs and played the song to everyone he knew asking if they had heard this melody before. But everyone said "no" and he eventually decided it was a new original song.

2 American Woman - The Guess Who

During a live jam in front of a paying audience, lead guitarist Randy Bachman broke a string. While waiting for the replacement string, he started playing a riff and the rest of the band joined in, with singer Burton Cummings making up the lyrics on the spot.

The band spotted a fan with a cassette recorder in the crowd and the band asked for a copy of the tape, which they got. Thanks to it in the studio, they recreated the song almost note-for-note.

3 See You Again - Wiz Khalifa

Charlie Puth told the Los Angeles Times: "It just seemed to occur from out of nowhere. And basically 10 minutes later Justin and I wrote it, we sent it off, and I thought we'd never hear about it again."
The song was soundtrack to Furious 7.

Too bad Paul Walker died in 2013. Everything changes.

4 What'd I Say - Ray Charles

Yes! I remember reading about that. He saw the audience responding very excitedly to the song and realized that he had struck gold. In my experience performing live, that's when you know you have a good song on your hands. If the audience is bored, you chuck it. But if the audience is excited, then you've got something great on your hands.

At a gig he found himself 12 minutes short of material and he began improvising.

5 Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Freddie Mercury composed it on the guitar in just five to ten minutes:
" 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can't play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It's a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn't work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think."

6 Laura Palmer's Theme - Angelo Badalamenti

This is a theme song to the T.V. show Twin Peaks.

Director David Lynch only told Angelo Badalamenti what to think about in visual terms. And Angelo turned these "visual terms" into music in no time.

7 Photograph - Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran told Capital FM:
"I wrote it with Johnny from Snow Patrol and he just had a loop on his laptop that he just put down that was just a three-note piano thing. I just started singing over that, 'Loving can hurt, loving can hurt,' and then the song just kinda fell out within about 10 minutes."

8 Hometown Glory - Adele

It was her first single and the first song she ever wrote.
Adele told BBC: "It was all about how I felt about London and stuff like that. I actually wrote it on guitar, and I was at school at the time. I got my friend at school to transpose onto piano - because I probably could play it, but it'd probably take about 12 hours because I'm such a snail on the piano trying to sing and play at the same time."

9 Just Dance - Lady Gaga

Written by Lady Gaga, RedOne and Akon.

Lady Gaga told Heat magazine: "It's been unbelievable the way the song has crossed over into the mainstream. It took 10 minutes to write!"

10 Super Bass - Nicki Minaj

Ester Dean writes mainly hooklines and she wrote the hooks to many popular songs, including this one. Ester Dean claims never to have spent more than 5 minutes on any one song.
Ester told the New Yorker:
"I go into the booth and I scream and I sing and I yell, and sometimes it's words but most time it's not. And I just see when I get this little chill, here [touches her upper arm, just below the shoulder] and then I'm, like, 'Yeah, that's the hook.'"

The Contenders
11 The Cave - Mumford & Sons

It was created during a soundcheck when guitarist Marcus Mumford started playing some guitar lines, the rest of the band joined him and within minutes they had the essentials of this song.
The song was nominated for four Grammy awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

12 Mis Disculpas - Residente
13 In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
14 Cherry Pie - Warrant

I remeber they wrote it in a restaurant when they were bored, writing on napkins. Probably around 5 or 10 minutes to make.

15 Killshot - Eminem
16 Hail Mary - 2Pac
17 Der Fahrkartenkontrolleur - Kollegah

Kollegah improvised this novelty song about a ticket collector at a train live in an interview next to his best friend and fellow rapper Farid Bang who bursted out in laughter. Later on, he professionally recorded the one minute song professionally as a surprise present for Farid Bang. Only a few years later, it was made available for the wider public.

18 Fly Farm Blues - Jack White

Jack White did this song during the making of the movie "It Might Get Loud", after he and the director had an argument over how modern records are overproduced and overly thought out. He wrote this one and recorded it in about ten minutes, basically coming up with the lyrics as he went. It's not the best example of one of these songs by any means, but it does demonstrate Jack's musical ethos - he almost always writes and records things relatively quickly to keep them fresh.

19 The Show Must Go - Pink Floyd
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