21 Seconds

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"21 Seconds"
Single by So Solid Crew
from the album They Don't Know
Released6 August 2001
Genre2-step garage
So Solid Crew singles chronology
"Oh No (Sentimental Things)"
"21 Seconds"
"They Don't Know"

"21 Seconds" is a song by UK garage crew So Solid Crew. It was released as the second single from the debut album They Don't Know, and was the first of five consecutive Top 20 hit singles for the group.

It was number one on the UK Singles Chart in August 2001, while it peaked just outside the top 40 in the Netherlands. It achieved first week sales of 118,135 units in the United Kingdom.[1]

In September 2019, NME included the song in their "25 essential UK garage anthems" list.[2]


The song uses fairly stripped back production, utilising a catchy 2-step rhythm which was common in UK garage at the time.[3]

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).[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video received the award for British Video of the Year at the 2002 Brit Awards.[4]

2019 Remix[edit]

On September 6, 2019, So Solid Crew went to the Red Bull Music Studios, London, and remixed '21 Seconds' live with Toddla T as part of Studios Live. They were joined by D Double E, Ms Banks and DJ Q as they added new verses.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "21 Seconds"
  2. "21 Seconds" (12" Version)
  3. "21 Seconds" (DJ Swiss & Dan Da Man Remix Vocal)
  4. "21 Seconds" (music video)
  5. "21 Seconds" (Anthony Bolt mix)



  1. ^ "ALL THE NUMBER 1s". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  2. ^ "The best UK garage tracks of all time". 16 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (17 October 2017). "So Solid Crew: how we made 21 Seconds". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  4. ^ Jackson, Jamie (24 April 2005). "Ready to blow". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – 21 Seconds". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 23 August 2001". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 21 May 2018.

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