Greatest Long Rock Songs in History

The Top Ten

1 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.

Just an iconic and amazing song. 8:01? Just more Zeppelin.

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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

Listening to it right now! Awesome song!

Metal is best - EliHbk

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3 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

Definitely an early masterpiece by Pink Floyd. However, I would vote up other songs such as "Atom Heart Mother" and "Dogs". (Love Dogs). But in 1971, Echoes was the longest song that still has an impact to this day, clocking in 23:28.

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4 November Rain - Guns N' Roses

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

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

Best song ever.

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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.

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7 2112 - Rush

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...

21 minutes 9 seconds of beauty.

An arrogant prick named Axl beat 3 scientists. Thrice. Minus maybe November Rain, this should be sooo muh higher. - Boi

8 Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day

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

Their last good song!

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9 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

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.

Much better than the overrated and overpraised Led Zeppelin ripoffs. - Metal_Treasure

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10 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.

This song is actually long, and great.

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The Newcomers

? In My Time of Dying - Led Zeppelin
? Zero the Hero - Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11 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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12 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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

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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 No Quarter - Led Zeppelin
15 Paradise City - Guns N' Roses

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

16 Hotel California - The Eagles

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

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17 Estranged - Guns N' Roses

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!

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.

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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20 Art of Life - X Japan

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

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

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