Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

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1Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Two Led Zeppelin songs in top of the list with no trace of queen. This makes me really proud. Zeppelin is the best without doubt.

The most epic song of the 20th and 21st century.It's clearly a masterpiece and it's also inspiring.Pretty bad kids nowadays listen to the latest pop hits and miss classic rock...

This song inspired countless people to play guitar, and to become musicians. It's so powerful, and Robert Plant sounds so hauntingly beautiful. It's probably rock's most valuable masterpiece.

Oh my my, I think I'm out of the world when I listen to this - Ananya

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2One - Metallica

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm picking "One" over "Stairway To Heaven" and I'll explain why:
The guitar riff in "One" is one of my favorites ever. Stairway has some great guitar work and yes, it does in fact have the greatest guitar solo ever, but the riff belongs to "One".
The progression doesn't leap out at you like in Stairway, how the solo transitions it all for the most part. This starts fairly loud and gets better and better as it goes on, while Stairway has it's ups and downs.
Finally, the passion. I may be alone on this, but I feel more invested to Metallica when hearing this song, specifically the louder parts. It makes me feel bad. Led Zeppelin is successful doing this, too, but not as well.
There you have it. - Donut

Sorry to offend whoever down-voted me. I'm just expressing my opinion on the wonders of music. Hope it doesn't happen again.

(I'm new to this site so that was a first for me) - Donut

this song is so freakin awesome. I mean just listen to the headbangin bit at the end. - list1010

Listening to it right now! Awesome song!

I don't get it. This song is not even close to the others listed here in my book.

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3November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Just a great song comparable to Stairway To Heaven. This could have been released in the late 60's as it reminds me of those long cuts of the time.

the song is very long almost 9 minutes. it's all about a broken relationship. - ronluna

I wish I can vote this 100 times to beat stairway to heaven

The best piano, lyrics and guitar solo makes it the best, the best guitar solo of all time.

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4Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

One of the best guitar solos of all time, and at nearly 5 minutes it's one of the longest too. Awesome song that every true fan can appreciate.

5Echoes - Pink Floyd

Can't mess with this. Comparatively, 6 minutes is bubble gum pop song structure. - mikeford

A perfect combination of sounds, this song has so many elements and combine them so perfectly, one of the best songs of Pink Floyd surely

23 Awesome Minutes of perfection.
Why is the highly overrated Stairway to Heaven here?!

10/10 one of there best works of art! Shine on you crazy diamond is my favorite, why is it not on this list?

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6Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

I agree that the scream near the end is probably the most climactic moment of the seventies. The Who deserved way more than they got, but they kicked ass anyway.

The Who's greatest achievement, and therefore the greatest song of all time. Daltrey's "YEAAH" is the single greatest moment in rock music.

7No Quarter - Led Zeppelin
8Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

This isn't THE best long rock song ever but it is the best Green Day song and definitely deserves to be in the top 5. Love the music video as well - Danielsun182

In my opinion this is the best Green Day song and I am sad to see it is not even in the top 5 this song is truly an epic and deserves to be at the top of this list what is wrong with hpu people

Truly a modern rock masterpiece

9Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

This song is underrated... Stairway to heaven is a great song but not that great as people make it out to be. I personally think Bohemian Raphsody is a better song but apparently not. Led Zeppelin is a great band and this is my favorite song by them. The riff is so great and ah its amazing. Better then Stairway To Heaven

No one can compete with Robert Plant. Everyone loves Led Zeppelin, and though I do think that Stairway to Heaven is the best, this song is WAY underrated.

I personally think it should be ranked higher, it's better than Hey Jude, plus that song isn't that long.

10Master of Puppets - Metallica

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The Contenders

112112 - Rush

21 minutes 9 seconds of beauty.

Three Guns N' Roses songs in the top ten? Only November Rain belongs there. This and Shine On You Crazy Diamond should be there.

12Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

one of the best songs of the great band guns n roses. axl rose's vocals is crazy! - ronluna

13Estranged - Guns N' Roses

Rediculously good song. Vocals and highs are perfect. Should be number one and is one of the most underrated songs by Guns N' Roses.

Number 1 please... !
How manny feeling on this song.. It's my favorite on Guns N' Roses!
I cry with this song... I love you Axl!

14Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

As much as I love Metallica, I really think this beats One. It is the most unique rock piece ever written, and you can't help but sing along.

You can't be serious, it almost six minutes. I would put that in the hundreds of one of these lists. Not because of the song's quality, but because you can't have a short song this high up on the best long songs list. - Songsta41

Started at over 7 minutes but had to shorten it said record company. Dumb record company. NUMBER 1 ALL THE WAY.

Lol Bohemian Rhapsody at 11 what

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15Hotel California - The Eagles

What? This song is surly number 3.

16Layla - Derek & The Dominos

Greatest song ever by a mile

17Art of Life - X Japan

Very best performance on live!
Thanks for yoshiki to bring great performance on this with double kick pedal

Stumbled upon this track while looking for Chinese and Japanese rock and metal acts, truly inspiring piece of music

18Achilles Last Stand - Led Zeppelin

Even though I ended up voting for The Prophet's Song by Queen it's ridiculous how low this one is. Zeppelin's best song in my opinion!

19Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

Some of the songs ahead of this aren't even that long! Shine On is an amazing emotionally evoking song that is second to only wish you were here, which is not a long song.

The two parts combined are simply amazing. Can't believe its not on here already.

Crazy diamonds that the band members are, this song is a journey in itself!

My absolute favorite Pink Floyd song -this one is a classic!

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20In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Gotta love the instrumental qualities of this epic song. Although this song takes so long, I listen it over and over.

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Top Remixes (9)

1. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Estranged - Guns N' Roses
1. Echoes - Pink Floyd
2. From the Darkness - Spock's Beard
3. Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton
1. One - Metallica
2. 2112 - Rush
3. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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