On the Déjà Vu LP by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, there’s a little solo track by Stephen Stills called “4 + 20,” which began “Four and twenty years ago I come into this life / The son of a woman and a man who lived in strife.” It is a measure of how far out of the loop I was that for many years after that, subsequent references to 420 made me think of this song rather than, um, something else.
Every time I see a track that is 4:20 in length I always wonder whether it was on purpose or not. It seems so random that you would happen to make a track exactly that long.
Which notion, of course, led me to the shelves to see what kind of songs time out at 4:20. And I’m thinking, based on the stuff I’m familiar with your mileage may vary that it’s mostly random after all, with the possible exceptions of UB40’s “Higher Ground,” where you can write your own joke (the B-side was called “Chronic,” after all), or the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge,” where you don’t really have to.
Freezepop, meanwhile, let it be known on their Facebook page that the timing on “Magnetic” was purely coincidental.
Addendum: Stevie Wonder, back in the Seventies, cut a track called “Higher Ground,” not connected to the UB40 song but which RHCP covered. Neither recording exceeded four minutes, however.