Time is an important concept in hit songs. The rhythm requires the musicians to be synchronized in time, and artists have to often be conscious of the length of time of a song. Few number one hits, outside of “Hey Jude” and “American Pie,” have ever ventured much beyond four minutes.
The word time has also played in important role when it comes to song titles. Here are the fifteen best two-word song titles that end with “time.”
“Long Time” by Boston: Track three from the self-titled debut was just as popular as its two predecessors, “More than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind.”
“Strict Time” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Only the clever Declan McManus could come up with concepts like “musical Valium” and “smoking the everlasting cigarette of chastity,” just two of the profundities on the Trust album.
“Borrowed Time” by Parquet Courts: This was the first single from the garage punk band’s Light Up Gold, but those who prefer glam rock could check out a Styx song with the same title on side one of Cornerstone.
“No Time” by the Guess Who: American Woman spawned four singles, including the title track and this vocal masterpiece of Burton Cummings.
“Good Time” by Owl City: Adam Young, having already proven his talent as a solo act, shows that he can be just ax catchy on duets like this one.
“Bad Time” by Grand Funk: The title track has become a rock standard, but this pop song is the best tune from the We’re an American Band album.
“Cleanup Time” by John Lennon: This tune did not quite get the airplay of “Woman”, “Watching the Wheels” or “Starting Over,” but it’s the best electric song on Double Fantasy.
“Tulsa Time” by Don Williams: Eric Clapton introduced this country gem to rock audiences, though his version from the Backless album is slightly inferior to the original.
“Twilight Time” by the Platters: A popular chili company (Skyline) has nearly killed the song for Midwesterners, but it remains a standard on oldies stations everywhere else.
“Closing Time” by Semisonic: Dan Wilson’s 90s alt-rock band was relatively short-lived, but this hit has become ubiquitous at sporting events, bars, graduations, and possibly even at funerals.
“Dream Time” by the Stranglers: Hugh Cornwall had long abandoned his group’s punk persona by the time this title cut appeared as a solid romantic follow-up to Feline and Aural Sculpture.
“Big Time” by Peter Gabriel: The ex-Genesis front man used a psychedelic video to help this song from So onto the charts.
“Last Time” by the Rolling Stones: The late Bobby Womack was initially upset that Jagger and the Stones covered this tune, until the royalties started to pour in.
“Summer Time” by Janis Joplin: The Who, and many others since, have sworn that there is no cure for the Summertime Blues, but The Rose proved them all wrong with this classic dog day panacea.
“Killing Time” by the Kinks: The Ray Davies classic Brit rock band released this cut as a single from their Think Visual album.