21 Seconds

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"21 Seconds"
Single by So Solid Crew
from the album They Don't Know
Released 6 August 2001
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Genre 2-step garage
Label Relentless
So Solid Crew singles chronology
"Oh No (Sentimental Things)"
"21 Seconds"
"They Don't Know"

"Oh No (Sentimental Things)"
"21 Seconds"
"They Don't Know"

"21 Seconds" is a song by the UK garage act So Solid Crew. It is included on their debut album They Don't Know.

The song was released as a single on Relentless Records in 2001. It charted at a peak position of number one in the UK Singles Chart in August 2001,[1] while it peaked just outside the top 40 in the Netherlands. It achieved first week sales of 118,135 units in the United Kingdom.[2]


The song uses fairly stripped back production, utilizing a catchy 2-step rhythm which was common in UK garage at the time.

Song title

The song title alludes to the approximate 21 seconds that each of the band members is given to perform their rap. 21 seconds is arrived at as the song's tempo is approximately 140BPM and each rapper has 12 bars of 4 beats (48 beats at 140BPM, when worked out to the nearest integer, rounds to 21 seconds).

Music video

The music video received the award for British Video of the Year at the 2002 Brit Awards.

Track listing

  1. "21 Seconds"
  2. "21 Seconds" (12" Version)
  3. "21 Seconds" (DJ Swiss & Dan Da Man Remix Vocal)
  4. "21 Seconds" (music video)



  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 663. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "ALL THE NUMBER 1s". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chart Track: Week 34, 2001". Irish Singles Chart.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 

External links

  • "21 Seconds" music video on YouTube

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