Greatest Long Rock Songs in History
The Top Ten
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
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
An absolutely amazing song.V 18 Comments
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
Love this song - lilrocketmanV 10 Comments
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.
NOT to offend any LZ fans here (of which I am a Major one), I'm just adding some interesting notes:
As Epic and tremendously popular as Stairway is, I believe Jimmy Page used the opening guitar line from Spirit's previously released song Taurus.
Although cleared in the plagiarism suit brought by Spirt guitarist Randy Wolfe (Randy California), the guitar intro is 3 notes exact to opening notes of Spirit's song "Taurus" which came out before Stairway. Not an exact musical riff (that likely cleared them of copyright infringement) but very similar.
Spirt had opened for Zeppelin shows and played Taurus several times.
Listen for yourself on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=gFHLO_2_THg
At any rate, Stairway deserves to be near the top of the list. - BTmach1
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.
100/10 would listen againV 3 Comments
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!
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
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.
Started at over 7 minutes but had to shorten it said record company. Dumb record company. NUMBER 1 ALL THE WAY.
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
Great songV 19 Comments
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? )
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.
Best song ever createdV 8 Comments
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
It's a bangin' tuneV 7 Comments
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!
Deserves #1 - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345
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!
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!V 1 Comment
one of the best songs of the great band guns n roses. axl rose's vocals is crazy! - ronluna
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.
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.
2112 should top this list. Iconic mix of slashing guitar and of course the famous Neal Pert drum roll. Move it up!V 5 Comments
Greatest song ever by a mile
What? This song is surly number 3.
One of the best Eagle's songs, and one of my favorite songs ever.
Great song...one of the all time classics!
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.
The inimitable Zeppelin on Kashmir should be in the top 5 if not the top 1.V 4 Comments
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 😄
Vote for the live version, one of the best psychedelic experiences ever.
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.
Should be to 10. It rocks.V 4 Comments
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.
Invented it.V 4 Comments
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
I don't know why this isn't in the top 100. This is a fantastic song!
It's 50 Minutes Long. - FredTheGooner
They only made one album
27? Are you kidding me?
Love this so much
Why not 1
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
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!
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
This song is the absolute best of the Animals album and the guitar solos between the catchy parts of singing are definitely breath-taking.V 2 Comments
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.
There he is
HAND OF DOOM NEEDS TO BE MENTIONED
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.
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
God, this hypnotic tune... It�'s amazing...
GREAT GREAT GREAT song by a criminally overlooked metal band.
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.V 1 Comment
This is a great song. 13:13 in length
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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
Octavarium is down in the list only because other songs are more famous
This is the one that truly should be number one. It's 24 minutes long and it's the best song of all time. - Songsta41
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!V 5 Comments
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
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
This song should be in the top 10.
One of my favourite Beatles songs, 6:30 something long. Just a little longer than No More Tears by Ozzy Ozborne, one of the only songs I air guitar to. The "nahs" go on for 3:45 seconds. So just under half the song.
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