Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

The Top Ten

1 Echoes - Pink Floyd

Just fascinating

This isn't just a song, this is a progressive rock symphony. It's also probably the greatest progressive rock symphony to ever exist, period. The way it's segmented out, and concludes to a melancholy but satisfying climax, makes it one of the greatest pieces of music in my humble opinion.

An absolutely amazing song.

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

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2 One - Metallica

Love this song - lilrocketman

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

It's about the movie Johnny Got His Gun! I love the intro where they actually let you listen to some lines of the movies. - SionicRelations

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3 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

Why is it not number 1? - MrSnuffleupagus

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

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

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4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

Amazing. Epic. Brilliant. Enough said.

The MOST BORING SONG EVER!

Audio roller coaster! - Jdschock

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...

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5 Free 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.

I think Green Grass and High Tides should be right along side this!

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6 Won'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.

The Origin of Rock Opera

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7 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Not only is this one of the greatest long rock songs, it is one of the greatest songs. No qualifiers. Period.

Best song ever

This is special - you can sing along and enjoy alternative rhythms

Great song

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8 Achilles 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!

Masterpiece.

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9 Shine On You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

A two part Pink Floyd classic! Both parts being over 12 minutes long, and maintaining an emotional hook that doesn't let go. Shine On You Crazy Diamond is Pink Floyd at their best, it gives all band members a chance to shine: from Roger with his bass, Gilmore on guitar, Richard's synths, and the beat provided by Nick. The entire song is an emotional journey from beginning to end, and is definitely one of the best songs made.
(how is this down at number 19? )

Best song ever created

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.

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10 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

The modern, darker Bohemian Rhapsody. Amazing guitar riffs, a drum solo, killer transitions, and lyrics beyond imagination

This song is simply amazing. It's 9 minutes long but it feels like 3 minutes. It's like your life has not been wasted for one second because this song is SO good and makes a great impact.

It's a bangin' tune

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

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The Contenders

11 Child In Time - Deep Purple

Deserves #1 - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

Child in Time is Deep Purple's masterpiece with powerful lyrics and music (it sounds calm at first but at the middle, you will be like wow), and its at a whopping 10 minutes

Not one Deep Purple on this list? This would be it, then. Epic. - BobG

Epic song, catchy tunes, awesome music!

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12 Estranged - Guns N' Roses

Pure genius!

Best song/ composition ever written!

This should be the number two after metallica's one

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

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13 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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

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14 2112 - Rush

20 minute masterpiece

One of the most powerful songs ever.

2112 should top this list. Iconic mix of slashing guitar and of course the famous Neal Pert drum roll. Move it up!

This song is not only an epic 21 minute masterpiece, but to attest to it's technicality, it had to be broken up into 7 parts for guitar hero 6, just so people could have a little break in between each part. This should be waayy further up than it is.

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15 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles

God, this hypnotic tune... It�'s amazing...

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16 Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

The inimitable Zeppelin on Kashmir should be in the top 5 if not the top 1.

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.

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17 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Master of Puppets is one of Metallica's best songs. This song is one of my favorite metal songs.

Cool

Kirk Hammett... enough said.

No song will ever beat out Master of Puppets for the title of best Thrash Metal song of all time. The length of this song makes it better; for example if Metallica cut off the part at 5:11 after James' guitar solo, with the lyrics 'Master, master, where's the dreams that I've been after? ', the song would have not had the epicness that it had with the extra 3.5 minutes, which includes some awesomely sung lines by Het, and a guitar solo by Kirk that is one of the greatest of all time.

'Master' keeps you interested and engaged throughout the whole song, even in its slow part in the middle, which nicely captures the feel of the song but gives us a break from the onslaught of aggression that the outstanding opening riff provides. Even at 8:37, I still want more of this masterpiece, I'd be happy if it went on for another 3 minutes with more lyrics... ;) Never gets old, and always catchy 😄

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18 Supper's Ready - Genesis

You just know that this is so low because so few people know it. Same goes for other Masterpieces like Close to the Edge or a Plague of Lighthouse keepers.

Should be to 10. It rocks.

Pfft, for all those who think songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Hotel California are long, listen to this masterpiece. Those songs are fantastic, but as a lifelong fan of Genesis, this song is amazing for me. I also reccomend Echoes, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, and Dogs by Pink Floyd, Close to the Edge and The Gates of Delirium by Yes, and Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull if you're looking for other really long songs.

One of the greatest long songs in rock history!

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19 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Where's Dopesmoker

There he is

HAND OF DOOM NEEDS TO BE MENTIONED

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

The whole side of the album is this classic song with the best classic rock drum solo ever.

I remember when it was new. It was already legendary. 17 minutes and 5 seconds, taking up the whole side of an LP at a time when songs were typically running at less than 3 minutes. And it's just plain good. It's got so much texture to it, and when Doug Ingle's organ weaves back into prominence after the drum solo, it's haunting and beautiful, and you can just sense that the music is on the verge of exploding. Really good stuff. A masterpiece.

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

When I was in Viet Nam ('69-'70) this was a required song for any band entertainment we might get.

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22 No Quarter - Led Zeppelin

DVD broadens ones horizons about this unparalleled band of incredible talents, combined... impossible to deny! Scotland? Marakesh? The America's? In 10 years, the world was changed forever! Thank You, group well done! Zeppelin fan for life!

Vote for the live version, one of the best psychedelic experiences ever.

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23 The End - The Doors

Bomb

The Doors should be all over this list. Light My Fire, Riders On The Storm, When The Music's Over... Etc. But The End is an amazing song and frankly I think it is far superior to Stairway To Heaven, which is highly overrated.

This is simply better than Stairway to Heaven. And much more revolutionary.

I've always without a doubt considered this the best rock song over 10 mins. Vocals match the narrative in the lyrics so well

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24 Hotel California - The Eagles

What? This song is surly number 3.

Great song...one of the all time classics!

One of the best Eagle's songs, and one of my favorite songs ever.

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25 Layla - Derek & the Dominos

Greatest song ever by a mile

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26 Sister Ray - The Velvet Underground

Really? 104? This is no. 1

17 and a half minutes of improvised genius.

Come on, it's the VU

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27 Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield

I don't know why this isn't in the top 100. This is a fantastic song!

It's 50 Minutes Long. - FredTheGooner

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28 Reach Down - Temple of the Dog

They only made one album

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29 American Pie - Don McLean

Yep great song one of the best

Greatest ever!

Why not 1

Love this so much

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31 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian UListen to Sample
32 Dogs - Pink Floyd

David Gilmour's finest hour. Simply an amazing song. Pink Floyd were the kings of long songs (and all songs in general). Nobody else can make music that's 20 minutes long, yet leave us all begging for more!

This song is the absolute best of the Animals album and the guitar solos between the catchy parts of singing are definitely breath-taking.

Mane, this track should be top 10. This has to be Gilmour's greatest solo by far. Love it so much. PS. you don't have to get high to love ANY Floyd songs. Never got high in my life. The music makes me high!

Seriously"its one the few Pink Floyd songs that you don't have to get high to love". You don't need drugs to listen to Pink Floyd. Listening to Pink Floyd gets you high

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34 Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton

Always omitted, but this song is awesome in so many ways. Also like green grass and high tides by the outlaws. Also REO's Riding the storm out.

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37 Thick As a Brick - Jethro Tull

I had the pleasure of hearing this one live in Pittsburgh many years ago. A wonderfully complex and entertaining piece.

Absolutely in my Top 3 of Best LP's ever recorded. You simply must hear this on Mobile Fidelity 1/2 Speed Master.
I saw Tull perform this in its entirety Live at the Salt Palace SLC Utah in 1972 (when I was 14). Since then it has been near the top of my all time favorites. - BTmach1

This song is 43 minutes, how much longer does it have to be to be in the top ten?!

I think this is the longest rock song? Am I right?

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38 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Great song!

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39 Stargazer - Rainbow UListen to Sample
40 Cowgirl In the Sand - Neil Young UListen to Sample
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42 Speak to Me - Galactic Cowboys

GREAT GREAT GREAT song by a criminally overlooked metal band.

43 Hurricane - Bob Dylan

Raw spirited poetry in your face!

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44 Art of Life - X Japan

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

30min of masterpiece!

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

Genius.

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45 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

This is a great song. 13:13 in length

Vote up People

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46 Close to the Edge - Yes

Why is this not higher?

This song would easily be top 5 if everybody who voted listened to every song here

18 minutes of pure Yes. Sliding guitar, wailing synths, brilliant composition. The entire band works in sync.

Albeit officially released as 2 songs CTTE 18:50 + And You And I 10:09...this is absolutely on my TOP 3 best masterpiece LP's ever recorded. If not for having to "click to expand" this list, I think it would be in the top 5 as well.
FAR superior to any Lynyrd Skynyrd or G N R song without question - BTmach1

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47 Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd UListen to Sample
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50 Octavarium - Dream Theater

Almost any Dream Theater song could make the list

It's sad how this song hasn't been recognized as much as an utter, complete, godly masterpiece as much as the other songs on this list. Bring it further up for christ sakes!

Overall great band and incredibly long

I agree, Stairway to Heaven and November Rain are songs that will both be remembered forever in history, but this song, which is nearly 25 minutes long, is a masterpiece. I highly recommend this song if you haven't heard it. - gelatinbeastworm

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1. November Rain - Guns N' Roses
2. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Estranged - Guns N' Roses
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1. Paradise City - Guns N' Roses
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3. Breakdown - Guns N' Roses
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1. American Pie - Don McLean
2. Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan
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