Our favorite songs about time

These 6 tunes stand the test of ... well, time.

Steve Jobs once said, "It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."Steve Jobs once said, "It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time."Steve Jobs, the creator of iTunes, once said, "It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time." (Photo: Wasant / Shutterstock)

You can enjoy music anytime. Just for a minute, or for hours on end, during the time of your life, or just an ordinary day. It’s all about timing. Whether it’s four seconds or four minutes, the first time or the last time – we have the song for you. So without any further ado, here are some of our top tunes about time.

'Feels Like the First Time' by Foreigner

We are kicking the list off with a classic: British-American rock band Foreigner released this song in 1977. It quickly reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has remained a pop culture hit ever since. Today, you can find this tune featured in Guitar Hero video game and in movies like "Pitch Perfect" and "Magic Mike." Watch the video above to see the band perform it in 2010.

'FourFiveSeconds' by Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney

This song is three minutes packed with talent. Barbados-born singer Rihanna, American rapper Kanye West and legendary English singer-songwriter Paul McCartney joined together for an international collaboration. This trifecta of talent tackled time in a new and interesting way. The official music video is artistically shot in black and white, but they also performed an amazing rendition of the song at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in the video above.

'20 Seconds' by The Young Professionals

This funky and catchy tune comes from the Israeli electro-pop band The Young Professionals. Also known as TYP, this dynamic group creates an eclectic mix of electric and acoustic sounds – indicative of their “alternative pop” style. “20 Seconds” was released in 2011, from the album "9:00 to 17:00, 17:00 to Whenever," an entirely time-themed album. Check out the music video above and you'll see that a lot can happen in 20 seconds!

'4 Minutes' by Madonna

If a lot can happen in 20 seconds, imagine what you could get out of four minutes. In this collaboration with singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake and rapper-producer Timberland – the Michigan native proves that four minutes is enough time to make an impression. Madonna released the song on her 11th album, "Hard Candy." It was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Dance Music Video and a Grammy for the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Madonna’s 37th top-10 single.

'The Last Time' by the Rolling Stones

“The Last Time” is an early hit for the world-renowned British rock band the Rolling Stones. Released in 1965, this was the band’s third single to reach the No. 1 spot in the U.K. singles chart. As the Rolling Stones have continued their decades of success, this song has remained a popular one among their fans. It has been covered by big names like the Grateful Dead, The Who and Bruce Springsteen. Watch the video above to see this band perform the song at the O2 Arena in London in 2012.

'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper, an American singer-songwriter who basically wrote the book on 1980s girl-punk, released this classic time-themed song back in 1983. Along with "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," it was on the album "She’s So Unusual.” The song became Lauper’s first #1 hit in the U.S., and she went on to receive the Grammy for Best New Artist. Since then, Rolling Stone magazine selected it as one of the best love songs of all time and VH1 named it one of the 100 best songs of the past 25 years.

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