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
There is no other in sight of this incredible piece of music.V 16 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
Awesome lyrics and great beat especially the guitarV 9 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.
Just an iconic and amazing song. 8:01? Just more Zeppelin.V 10 Comments
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.V 1 Comment
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.
Yes we know it's nothing new...
An arrogant prick named Axl beat 3 scientists. Thrice. Minus maybe November Rain, this should be sooo muh higher. - BoiV 1 Comment
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
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
Really amazing song that described both the state of America’s poorly maintained suburbs and its youth at the same time. Deserves to be top 3.V 5 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.
Well, I wouldn't consider anything shorter than 10 minutes as long song... and in terms of longer than 10 minutes, Shine On You Crazy Diamond blows away everything else. It's hard to believe that song longer than 25 minutes isn't actually too long and it's awesome from the start to the very end.
Second place in my opinion goes to "Halloween" by Helloween, magnificient 13 minutes long power metal song
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
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 call this long? - imabigpotatoV 11 Comments
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.
This is my music confession; I was exposed to (and performed) plenty of music from many different genre's & era's from as far back as I can remember. I heard this song at 9yrs old Have loved Zeppelin since. I still listen to a variety (37 years later) but my constant is Led Zeppelin. I guess it's partly the emotion/yearning that is communicated so effectively, not just by a single member but each member's talent in their catalog. I won't rant & wax rhapsodic LOL. love EM! I did not get the chance to see them live but if you enjoy them I can tell you that Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is a great show, search it. See it. Thanks for the poll ~PeaceV 3 Comments
Master of Puppets is one of Metallica's best songs. This song is one of my favorite metal songs.V 2 Comments
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!
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!
one of the best songs of the great band guns n roses. axl rose's vocals is crazy! - ronluna
Greatest song ever by a mile
One of the best Eagle's songs, and one of my favorite songs ever.V 1 Comment
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.
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!
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.
Come on... this a a classic. 1 song takes up a whole album side. The only other band that I know that did that was Chicago Transit Authority. LOL!
And the background of how this song came about is awesome!
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