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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Isaiah Spicer’s top two-minute-and-under songs of 2018

Tierra Whack | still from video

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, Key photographer Isaiah Spicer shares his favorite songs that keep their run-times tight.

If I had a choose a word of the year for music in 2018 it would have to be brevity. For a long time it seemed as though short tracks were just for skits and R&B interludes, but as artists continue to adapt to music’s new landscape and the way that it’s consumed, shorter music seems to be more common.

Sometimes that’s perfect, giving us songs and albums where we get exactly what’s need and nothing more, while other times it can feel like a tease to something that could have been so much more had it been stretched out. Here are a few artists that made the short format work for them and the songs they produced—the year’s top five songs under two minutes. Continue reading →