Top 10 Songs with Unusually Long LyricsThere many lists about lengthy songs in terms of duration but not about long lyrics.
Longer songs usually also have longer lyrics but not always the longest songs have the longest lyrics because some shorter songs are very fast and/or the singer sings very fast. Or because some songs have long instrumental sections.
I used the number of characters (with no spaces) as the most reliable measurement because for example the number of lines can be misleading - there are long lines and short lines. The number of words can also be be misleading - there are long words and short words.
In my original remix the song order is objective because the songs with the biggest number of characters (with no spaces) are on top. But you can vote and make remixes without any restrictions.
Some of my most favorite songs of all time are on this list. These songs have great music and lyrics. And yes, their lyrics are long.
This one even got a place in the guinness world records for 'most words in a hit song'.
Total characters with spaces: 7966
Well, it's official anyway.
This one holds the record.
Characters (no spaces) - 4,585
characters (with spaces) - 5,718
pages - 4
words - 1,088
lines - 255
Genre: Progressive Power Metal (duration - 14:06)
Hansi Kursch is one of the fastest metal singers - he sings more words per minute than most of the metal singers. He doesn't sing fast all the time but when he does it's really fast.
I mean, the contributions so far are nice and all but...
Characters (spaces): 20.220
Characters (no spaces): 17.495
Genre: hardcore hip hop, battle rap, diss track
No chorus, and each line contains perfect multisyllabic rhyming and other complex rhetoric figures. Who says hip hop is dead by 2017?
Yep, a total of 7515 characters for Part I and Part II.
Thick as a Brick, Part I - 22:40
Thick as a Brick, Part II - 21:06
My second favorite song ever. These lyrics are superb.
Characters (no spaces) - 4,156
Characters (with spaces) -5,199
Pages - 3
Words - 955
Lines - 143
Genre: Progressive Rock
Damn, for a title only three letters long, this song has ridiculously long lyrics
My essays are less than that.
Characters (no spaces) - 3,689
Characters (no spaces) - 4,377
Pages - 3
Words - 820
Lines - 132
Genre: Alternative hip hop
I like the guitar breakdown and lyrics on this song but this song is overlong.
Characters (no spaces) - 3,087
characters (with spaces) - 3,747
pages - 3
words - 652
lines - 111
Genre: Thrash Metal (duration - 8:29).
One of my favorite thrash songs.
It's not usual prog songs have lots of lyrics, but gotta pay my respects to DT for doing this.
This isn't just a song this my upbringing he is my father he is my home
I used to live in albuquerque lyrics are long and surprisingly and scarily accurate
Characters (no spaces) - 36,752
characters (with spaces) - 46,352
pages - 70
words - 7574
lines - 1010 (roughly)
Genre: Art Pop, Prog Pop (duration - 68:51)
Do I have anything to add? This song is yet the longest on the list.
I don't know why the person who added it wrote there were 12896 characters (no spaces), which I think isn't correct.
But I would like to thank this visitor for adding the song because it's very good and is pretty long.
Characters (no spaces) - 2,944
characters (with spaces) - 3,554
words - 718
duration - 24:09.
This one is a bit special, since most of the lyrics come from the spoken word and the discussion that closes this track. But I'll let you judge.
Characters (no spaces) - 8,933
characters (with spaces) - 11,130
pages - 5
words - 2140
lines - 204
Genre: Conscious hip-hop / Poetry / Interview (duration - 12:07)
Now this one may be tricky. The song was not released on any album or single, Kay One just uploaded a video to this song, which is partly autobiographic and partly a diss track aimed at Germany's most successful rapper Bushido, to his YouTube channel. The original video has since been taken down, but re-uploaded by other users and other websites. Why do I say all this? To show you that there is no official audio version. While the video contains about 20 minutes of pure storytelling rapping without chorus or similar, it also contains about 5 minutes of talking, at certain points recorded phone calls and interviews that expose Bushido and other artists involved in their relationship get played and Kay One comments on them. I don't know if you regard those skits in between the main song as part of the lyrics as well, but nevertheless even without them I sure that this would be the longest song so far. Every lyrics website however included the talking in the lyrics: