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A single is a release of Music that is shorter than an album, LP or EP. Usually, a single will get the most Radio airplay, and will be a band's most recognized work. Singles are usually filmed with music videos. They are also probably the highest quality and most compact of all music. Singles are in a bit of a cycle becoming far more popular with the advent of digital music downloads again as people no longer have to buy a full length album to hear the one or two songs they wanted to hear. Singles tend to be the dramatic beginning or the climactic ending of an album.

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  • The Beatles had dozens of singles, a product of the early days of Rock & Roll. Among the most notable:
    • "Love Me Do"
    • "A Hard Day's Night"
    • "Nowhere Man"
    • "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
    • "Helter Skelter"
  • Some of Coldplay's singles include "Yellow, "the Scientist", and "Viva la Vida".
  • Foster the People had five singles on their album Torches, including "Pumped Up Kicks" and "Houdini".
  • Korn:
    • Follow the Leader: "All in the family", "Got the Life", "Children of Korn", "B.B.K, "Freak on a leash"
  • Lit: Had at least two notable singles during the height of their popularity, both from their album "A Place In The Sun":
    • My Own Worst Enemy, about getting totally wasted, blacking out, and waking up the next day with no memory of what happened.
    • Miserable, whose music video stars Pamela Anderson as a giantess that the band serenades while standing on various parts of her body.
  • Michael Jackson
    • Thriller: The Girl is Mine, Billie Jean, Beat It, Wanna Be Startling Something", "Human Nature","P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" and "Thriller"
    • Bad: Taken Up to Eleven cause nearly every song on this album was a single, excluding "Just Good Friends".
  • Nirvana's singles included "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are", and "Heart-Shaped Box".
  • The Rolling Stones have had many in a career on-going since 1962.
  • Savatage:
  • Slowdive: "Star Roving", "Sugar for the Pill"
  • The Smashing Pumpkins:
  • Weezer:
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    • The Blue Album: "Undone-The Sweater Song", "Buddy Holly" and "Say it Ain't So"

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