Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

The Top Ten Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

1 Echoes - Pink Floyd

One of my favorite all time songs that is long, if not my favorite. Dire Strait's Telegraph Road is very close.

Song? No. Piece? No. The only way to describe it is as a humiliation of the rest of the music industry.

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.

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

2 One - 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

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

Listening to it right now! Awesome song!

3 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

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.

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

4 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

The weak point of their fourth album. Stairway to Heaven sucks. - Morpheus19

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...

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.

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.

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!

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

7 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Don't know what to tell ya, one of the best songs out there. Definitely deserves my vote. - Box

Opera and rock? No one else could pull it off. Brilliant and beautiful.
Best song ever.

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

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.

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!


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? )

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

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.

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

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.

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

Kinda of like greens day's bohemian rhapsody

The Contenders

11 Child In Time - Deep Purple

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!

12 Lizard - King Crimson
13 Estranged - Guns N' Roses

This should be the number two after metallica's one

Best song/ composition ever written!

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

Pure genius!

14 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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

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

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

16 2112 - Rush

Rush and pink floyd could probably fill this entire list

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

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.

17 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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


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 😄

18 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.

19 Supper's Ready - Genesis

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.

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.

Like Echoes by Floyd it doesn't feel like over 20 minutes. It takes you on a fascinating ride.

One of the greatest long songs in rock history!

20 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

Where's Dopesmoker

There he is


21 The End - The Doors

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

Good but light my firre is better

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

Number 22? Really? Gotta be top five! I remember the first time I heard this classic...I went nuts! Come on...Gotta be higher than 22.

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.

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

23 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

24 Layla - Derek & the Dominos

Greatest song ever by a mile


25 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

26 Hotel California - The Eagles

What? This song is surly number 3.

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

Great of the all time classics!

27 Reach Down - Temple of the Dog

They only made one album

28 American Pie - Don McLean

Very emotional song. I could really communicate with the lyrics. - Box

Not my favourite long song but to be at #29? Seriously? It deserves to be in the top 10! I felt it was only right to vote for this song.

It defined a generation and added the phrase “The day the music died” to our everyday speech.

27? Are you kidding me?

29 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.

30 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
31 Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
32 From the Darkness - Spock's Beard
33 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!

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

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

17 minutes of pure awesomeness. its one of the few pink floyd songs that you don't have to get high to to love. P. S. I don't do drugs. - Nickname

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.

35 Suite Sister Mary - Queensryche
36 The Diamond Sea - Sonic Youth
37 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Great song!

38 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.

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?

Nope, Passion Play by Jethro Tull is longer but less well known.

39 Stargazer - Rainbow
40 Cowgirl In the Sand - Neil Young
41 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth

16 minutes guys 16!

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!

44 Close to the Edge - Yes

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

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

True musicianship and unparalleled prog rock excellence!

I think Awaken by YES is even better.

45 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

I consider this my favorite song, so I'm voting for it. Not saying it deserves top place, but it's my top place for sure.

This should at least be in the top ten!

This is a great song. 13:13 in length

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46 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
47 Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd
48 When the Music's Over - The Doors
49 Karn Evil 9 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
50 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
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