Top 10 Longest Songs & Pieces

These are the longest songs & pieces in the history of music.
The Top Ten
1 Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) - Cage

It's a piece that started in 2001 & will end in 2640, equaling a whopping total of 639 years, making it the longest piece of all time. It was originally intended to be played from 2000 to 2639, but got postponed due to a lack of money at the time. It marks the equivalent to the time between the 1st documented permanent organ installation in Halberstadt Cathedral in 1361 to the beginning of 2000. This means more artists & performers have to keep being hired to keep it lasting to 2640.

2 Shri Ram Charit Manas - Jagadeesh Pillai, Varanasi, UTTAR pradesh

It's the longest officially released song, lasting a whopping 138 hours 41 minutes 20 seconds.

3 Symphony of the Crown - Earthena

It's a piece that lasts 48 hours 39 minutes 35 seconds.

4 The Flaming Lips - 7 Skies H3

It's a full 24 hours long & mentions human skulls. Yet a 50-minute "digest" was released as an album for Record Store Day 2014.

5 The Ring Cycle - Richard Wagner

The total project was 15 hours long & composed into 4 parts.

6 The Rise and Fall of Bossanova Section IV - P C III

This project was 13 hours long.

7 Opus Clavicesmbalisticum - Kaikhosru Shapuri Sorabi

It's 4 hours long & was composed on June 25th 1930.

8 El Manifiesto - Henry G

It was 3 hours 22 minutes 53 seconds, making it the longest hip-hop/rap & mainstream pop song of all time.

9 Hamlet - Status Life

The creator from the YouTube channel Status Life covered the story of Hamlet by William Shakespeare (which had 30557 words), setting the world record for the most words ever rapped. But nonetheless it's on here for being 1 hour 32 minutes long, which makes it longer than most rap songs.

10 The Whirlwind - Transatlantic

It's 77 minutes 54 seconds long & was released on October 23rd 2009.

The Contenders
11 Apparente Libertà - Giancarlo Ferrari

It's 76 minutes 44 seconds long, making it the longest pop song that isn't hip-hop/rap.

12 The Devil Glitch - Chris Butler

It's 68 minutes 51 seconds long, which's just 9 seconds short of 69 minutes.

13 Light of Day, Day of Darkness - Green Carnation

It's just 6 seconds past 1 hour, meaning if this song were played every hour, you'd still have 2 minutes 24 seconds of your 24th play after the day's over.

14 Garden of Dreams - The Flower Kings

It was 59 minutes 25 seconds long & consists of 18 parts.

15 Catch Thirtythree - Meshuggah

It's 47 minutes 9 seconds & was released on May 26th 2005. Yet it reached #170 on the Billboard 200.

16 The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! - Saul Williams

It was 43 minutes 57 seconds, or just under 44 minutes long., making it the longest hip-hop/rap song of less than 1 hour.

17 Thich as a Brick - Jethro Tull

It's 43 minutes 50 seconds & was inspired by songwriter Ian Anderson.

18 6 Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater

It's 42 minutes 4 seconds & follows the story of 6 people suffering mental illnesses.

19 Blue Room - The Orb

It's officially 39 minutes 57 seconds long or just under 40 minutes which otherwise in the U.K. meant it would be an album. It's the longest maxi single ever released as well as the longest ambient house track & the longest track of any genre to hit the U.K. charts.

20 A Long Day - The Polyphonic Spree

It's title says long, but it's nowhere near the longest song ever, it's 36 minutes 30 seconds long. DeLaughter wished to create the type of music he grew up with, therefore the Polyphonic Spree was born. The band features a 10-member choir, an electronic effects wizard, pedal steel, theremin, French horn, violin, 2 keyboardists, trumpets, flute, bass guitar, percussion & a trombone.

21 Cassandra Gemini - The Mars Volta

It's 35 minutes 32 seconds making it the longest track in the Frances the Mute album (which was released in 2005).

22 The Great Goodnight - Magellan

It's 34 minutes 35 seconds & focuses on the experience of losing a brother because of an ongoing war around the year 1966 during the events of the Vietnam War. The older brother, at 19, was killed from 4 gunshots after just being drafted 6 months in the Military.

23 World Without End - Neal Morse

It's 33 minutes 39 seconds & was the last track in his 2012 album Momentum. The album itself featured only 6 tracks, with "World Without End" being the final track & separated into 6 movements.

24 Lover Leaver, Taker, Believer - Greta Van Fleet

The live version was 26 minutes 35 seconds though the original song was only 3 minutes 34 seconds.

25 Octavarium - Dream Theater

It's 24 minutes long & became the concept of "Octavarium" itself. Dream Theater took influence & references to songs by Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Queen & Marty Friedman.

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