Ah, time. It's one of the things that holds society together, and musicians love writing about it. After all, it's something we can all relate to, so why wouldn't you talk about it in a song? Whether it's the drummer in a band helping to keep the rest of the band in line, or a rapper trying out a new rhyme scheme, time is instrumental to music (pardon the pun).
To celebrate the release of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie's collaboration with Lil Durk, 24 Hours, we've taken a look at some of the best songs about periods of time, and what they can teach us. Without time, these songs wouldn't exist, so we're glad it's a thing.
FourFiveSeconds - Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney
When Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney teamed up for FourFiveSeconds, it promised to be a huge moment, and it didn't disappoint. The track, which debuted at the Grammys back in 2015, is a pop masterclass, and is a track about heartbreak and redemption. Rihanna sings about how she's "four, five seconds from wylin'", and it's a track for those that are about to make some bad decisions.
Speaking about how the song came together, Kanye says, "I'm executive producer of Rihanna's album, and I said I'd done a few songs with Paul McCartney and she couldn't get past this record. She had to have it on her album... So now we at the Grammys doing it."
Rihanna elaborated on this in an interview with V Magazine, saying, "The thing that made me fall in love with [FourFiveSeconds] is the juxtaposition of the music and the lyrics. When you read the lyrics it's a completely different song than what you are hearing. The music is easygoing, but the lyrical content is very loud and in your face."
4 Minutes - Madonna (feat. Justin Timberlake & Timberland)
There's a sense of urgency from both Madonna and Justin Timberlake on 4 Minutes, one that makes you aware that the clock is ticking. The pair sing that "We only got four minutes/To save the world" and they make you feel like you're on a mission alongside them.
Speaking about the song, Madonna says it's a track about saving the environment. However, she mentions that when you're saving the world, you have to have fun while doing it. Otherwise, it's not going to get done. It's hard to argue with that logic.
One Week - Barenaked Ladies
If you've ever been in a relationship and had a fight, then chances are you'll relate to Barenaked Ladies' One Week. The opening lyrics of the track are "It's been one week since you looked at me/Cocked your head to the side and said "I'm angry"", and the story of the song highlights that the singer knows he's messed up, but he's too proud to admit it.
Of course, there are some morbid fan theories about the track, including a theory by a Reddit user that the song is actually about a man murdering his partner. You can read the thread here and decide for yourself.
20 Min - Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert's track 20 Min is a song about his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Byrd, and the first time they met. It talks about how there's "Twenty more minutes until I'm on" stage, as well as the other women Uzi has met through music.
It's the last track on his 2017 album Luv Is Rage 2 (Deluxe), and it was one of the most anticipated tracks on the record after Uzi previewed a snippet of it. Thankfully, the time spent waiting was worth it.
11 Minutes (with Halsey feat. Travis Barker) - YUNGBLUD
YUNGBLUD and Halsey have some serious chemistry, and that's plain to see on their 2019 track 11 Minutes, which also features pop-punk hero Travis Barker. It's a track that tells the story of a couple that's in love, and it has a tragic ending.
Speaking to NME, YUNGBLUD says the track came about after they met up to talk about music. "“More and more beers went down and I was telling her about this song that I was writing called 11 Minutes.
"It told the story of two young people; you know the couple, man. They’re so in love in high school and you’re like, ‘They’re going to get together’. I can see the couple in my mind right now (it’s May Smith and Matty Spencer from my school)." You'll have to listen to the track to find out what happens in the end.
Golden Hour - Kacey Musgrave
When Kacey Musgraves released her 2018 album Golden Hour, it captured a period in her life that was "golden". She got married to her now ex-husband in 2017, Ruston Kelly, and she wrote about the track
Speaking about the album, and the track, Kacey told Elle that it was fantasy, whereas her new album is more realistic. She says, “If you would’ve told me the night of the Grammys, ‘Hey, in two years, you’re going to be divorced and have a whole ’nother album written,’ I would have been like, ‘F*ck off. No. No way. Golden Hour was, in a lot of senses, escapism. It was fantasy. It was rose-colored glasses."
Weekend (feat. Miguel) - Mac Miller
Mac Miller and Miguel teamed up to the capture the joy of the weekend on their track Weekend, and it sounds like they're having a hell of a time. Mac's got some cash in his pocket, and some weed to smoke.
The chorus and post-chorus talks about heading out and having a good time, with Mac and Miguel singing on the chorus, "Everything will be good by the weekend (By the weekend)". It's a call to arms, and a track that'll get you ready to make the most of your Saturday and Sunday.