Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

The Top Ten

1 Echoes - Pink Floyd

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.

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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

Love this song - lilrocketman

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3 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

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

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4 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.

100/10 would listen again

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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!

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 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.

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!

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8 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? )

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 created

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9 Bohemian 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.

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

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

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10 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

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' tune

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The Newcomers

? 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

A psychedelic song for the ages - CygnusX99

The Contenders

11 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.

Cool

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 😄

12 Kashmir - 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.

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 ~Peace

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13 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.

14 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!

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15 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!

Deserves #1 - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

16 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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

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

18 Layla - Derek & the Dominos

Greatest song ever by a mile

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

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.

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20 No Quarter - Led Zeppelin

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

21 Dogs - Pink Floyd

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

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.

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!

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22 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

23 Reach Down - Temple of the Dog

They only made one album

24 American Pie - Don McLean

27? Are you kidding me?

Love this so much

25 Wheel of Time - Blind Guardian
26 Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
27 From the Darkness - Spock's Beard
28 Suite Sister Mary - Queensryche
29 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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30 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.

31 Octavarium - Dream Theater

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!

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32 War Pigs - Black Sabbath

There he is

HAND OF DOOM NEEDS TO BE MENTIONED

33 Dante's Inferno - Iced Earth
34 Speak to Me - Galactic Cowboys

GREAT GREAT GREAT song by a criminally overlooked metal band.

35 Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Iron Maiden

This is a great song. 13:13 in length

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36 Stargazer - Rainbow
37 Pigs (Three Different Ones) - Pink Floyd
38 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Originally by diamond head - Songsta41

39 When the Music's Over - The Doors
40 Hey Jude - The Beatles

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.

41 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones
42 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
43 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles

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

44 When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

Great song!

45 Paranoid Android - Radiohead

One of the greatest songs of the 90s.

One of their greatest period.

46 The Call of Ktulu - Metallica
47 Cygnus.... Vismund Cygnus - The Mars Volta
48 And Then There Was Silence - Blind Guardian
49 In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin
50 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.

Should be to 10. It rocks.

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