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London - The Most Clichéd Clichés In Pop

A bunch of OCD record collecting nerds have spent the last ten years collecting every pop song to make the Billboard chart over the past 120 years. The list, which contains over 37,000 tracks, was then picked apart and the minutia of every song (including duration, week-by-week chart position and lyrical content) was logged to create a gargantuan spreadsheet. Are you yawning yet? Well, from of whole nerdiness of the whole Whitburn Project, a couple of interesting finds were revealed…



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The longest chart song in history is Harry Chapin's "A Better Place to Be" (9:30). Runners-up include Guns n' Roses' "November Rain" (8:56) and Don McLean's "American Pie" (8:36). The shortest chart song in history is The Womenfolk's "Little Boxes" from 1964 (1.03).