Short Stuff

This is why PinkPantheress’ songs are so short

If you’re expecting a song longer than 3 minutes from PinkPantheress, think again.

Victoria Beverley Walker, aka PinkPantheress, knows how to make a hit. Weather she’s making dreamy bedroom pop, like in her debut mixtape To Hell with It or releasing one of 2023’s massive collaborations, “Boy’s A Liar,” with rapper Ice Spice, PinkPantheress’ UK garage sound keeps fans wanting more. After gaining viral traction from secretly posting music on TikTok and hiding behind her PinkPantheress alias, the British singer revealed herself to the masses and is a bonafide international star.

And while she may not hide behind her music on TikTok, her songs still maintain their unique brevity. Any fan of PinkPantheress knows that her songs rarely make it beyond the 3 minute mark. With TikTok originally capping its content at the 3 minute mark (it now goes up to 10 minutes), PinkPantheress’ short songs were an ideal fit for the platform.

So why does she keep them at this length, now that she’s front and center in the spotlight? Well, the answer is pretty simple, but might shock fans. In an interview with ABC News, PinkPantheress shared why her songs stay so short.

“I was able to experiment and making short songs was a result of me experimenting,” PinkPantheress said for ABC News. “And a song doesn’t need to be longer than 2 minutes 30 [seconds], in my opinion. We don’t need to repeat a verse, we don’t need to have a bridge. We don’t need it! We don’t need a long outro.”

Typical contemporary song structure includes a two verses, a repeated chorus, and a bridge, but PinkPantheress flips this formula on its head with songs that may lack second verse, a bridge, or a chorus. But she’s not the only one. The short song trend is in the discographies of popular performers like Sabrina Carpenter, SZA, Doja Cat, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Still PinkPantheress’ comments were controversial, to say the least. So the internet weighed in on her song structure ideology and many wondered where some of music’s greatest hits would be if they followed today’s trend.

Of course fans had to throw singer Michelle Williams into the conversation, as the Destiny’s Child member is famous for singing the bridge in her iconic girl group’s songs.

Whether you believe our connection to social media is shortening our attention spans or that content, music included, is only responding to consumer demand, PinkPantheress’ songs, and their 2 minute and 30 second-length, are steadily changing music as we know it. Check out the full interview below.

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