When we listen to a song, as a listener we do appreciate the song and the music behind it but what we don’t see and get to appreciate is the songwriting abilities of the artists.
There are hit songs that take days or even months to come together and finally get the seal of approval. It takes a number of songwriters and music producers to come together and make a hit.
And then there are artists that can cook up a song in a fraction of time, record it, and bam an instant hit.
Here is a list of 15 smash hit songs that took minutes to be created and win the hearts of millions.
1 “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” – Beyoncé.
From Beyoncé’s third studio album, “I Am… Sasha Fierce,” “Single Ladies” was a smash hit that won three Grammys in 2010.
The song and the video ruled the charts in 2010 and seeing how well it did, you might think it must’ve taken Queen Bey forever to write the song.
But in reality, the song only took Beyoncé, The Dream, Kuk, and Tricky 20 minutes to write.
“When Bey came in, she had that smirk that I see when I know a record is happening,” said Dream the making of the song.
2 “Yesterday” – The Beatles.
“Yesterday” was one of the biggest hits from the rockstars of the 60s, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, the Beatles.
The song was from the album “Help!” released in August 1965 in the United Kingdom.
And you might think that a hit song like this would take days of work but the truth is it took less than a minute for Paul McCartney to create a masterpiece like this.
McCartney actually created the song in one of his dreams. He woke up the next morning, scribbled down the song and history was made.
3 “Rock And Roll” – Led Zeppelin.
Sometimes failures and frustration can lead to the creation of a masterpiece. And Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” is a perfect example.
The 3:40 minutes long song is from the album “Led Zeppelin VI” released in 1971 and also features Ian Stewart, the pianist from the band the Rolling Stones.
This 70s classic was created in just 30 minutes when guitarist Jimmy Page got frustrated trying to finish another track “Four Sticks” from the album. But the song wasn’t going their way.
The band started jamming different tunes and by adding more riffs here and there, “Rock and Roll” was created.
4 “Royals” – Lorde.
When the then 17-year-old Lorde from New Zealand came up with the song “Royals” back in 2012, she blew up as a globally recognized artist.
The song was first a part of her debut EP, The Love Club EP and was also featured in her debut studio album Pure Heroine.
Lorde co-wrote the smash hit pop song with her producer Joel Little just under 30 minutes.
5 “Paranoid” – Black Sabbath.
One of the greatest songs from the band Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” was a smash hit back in the 70s and still appreciated by the rock-heads to this day.
The song was from the album of the same title “Paranoid” and was released back in 1970.
You might think the 2:50 minutes song was the product of a lot of thought process but in reality, the song was written as an afterthought because the band needed a 3 minute filler for the album.
They started playing with different riffs while bassist Geezer Butler started writing down the lyrics and Ozzy Osbourne started reading it as he was singing, thus “Paranoid” was born.