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Rock List: The Fifty Best Songs Over Seven Minutes Long

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About one and a half years ago, Rolling Stone came up with a non-ranked list of the 50 best songs that are over the 7 minute mark, based on fans and editors votes.

 

Are there any songs that were omitted, that met the required time limit, that you feel should've made the cut?

 

 

    "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" - The Allman Brothers Band

"Bela Lugosi's Dead" - Bauhaus

"B-Boy Bouillabaisse" - The Beastie Boys

"Hey Jude" - The Beatles

"War Pigs/Luke's Wall" - Black Sabbath

"Tender" - Blur

"Bel Air" - Can

"Pictures of You" - The Cure

"Station to Station" - David Bowie

"Layla" - Derek & the Dominoes

"The End" - The Doors

"Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" - Bob Dylan

"Maggot Brain" - Funkadelic

"The Message" - Grandmaster Flash

"Jesus of Suburbia" - Green Day

"Estranged" - Guns N' Roses

"Isn't It a Pity?" - George Harrison

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

"Three Days" - Jane's Addiction

"Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" - Billy Joel

"Funeral for a Friend" - Elton John

"In the Court of the Crimson King" - King Crimson

"All My Friends" - LCD Soundsystem

"When the Levee Breaks" - Led Zeppelin

"Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Autobahn" - Kraftwerk

"One" - Metallica

"Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns" - Mother Love Bone

"Oh, Comely" - Neutral Milk Hotel

"Blue Monday" - New Order

"We're In This Together" - Nine Inch Nails

"Champagne Supernova" - Oasis

"Sheep" - Pink Floyd

"Purple Rain" - Prince

"Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" - The Rolling Stones

"Svefn-g-englar" - Sigur Ros

"The Sprawl" - Sonic Youth

"Jungleland" - Bruce Springsteen

"I Am the Resurrection" - Stone Roses

"Frankie Teardrop" - Suicide

"Marquee Moon" - Television

"What Goes Around Comes Around" - Justin Timberlake

"Heroin" - Velvet Underground

"Only in Dreams" - Weezer

"Ball & Biscuit" - The White Stripes

"Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who

"Spiders (Kidsmoke)" - Wilco

"Starship Trooper" - Yes

"Cortez the Killer" - Neil Young

"Willie the Pimp" - Frank Zappa

 

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Hmmm, there's a few I would have put on that list.

Replace Sheep with Dogs....Dogs is about 10x better.

Replace When The Levee Breaks with Tea For One. Tea For One is a slow burning blues song and has this amazing vibe.

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I would have put November Rain on instead of Estranged by GnR, but Estranged is worthy of a placement.

Fade to Black by Metallica misses the list by 4 seconds, but One is still a good choice for that band.

Riders on the Storm is the Doors best long song, IMO. Much better than the End, which was dismissed as one of the worst ever in history on another list.

I'm surprised that Stairway to Heaven didn't make the cut, but I guess this list is limited to just one song per artist.

I agree with the previous comment about Sheep over Dogs by Floyd.

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OK. How about American Pie by Don McLean? At 8:22, the longest song to hit #1 on the US chart, and one of the most classic songs of all time. And if there is a question whether it is considered "rock", it certainly is more of a rock song than Prince's "Purple Rain" or Justin's "What Goes Around Comes Around".

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I didn't even notice that CJ, I can't believe they would leave that one off.

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And if there is a question whether it is considered "rock", it certainly is more of a rock song than Prince's "Purple Rain" or Justin's "What Goes Around Comes Around".

I think "Rock List" is just the name of the feature and not what genre the songs had to be in because Purple Rain and What Goes Around Comes Around (and I love that song) aren't rock songs.....it seems that there are quite a few songs on there I wouldn't call rock.

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Kudos for including Autobahn :thumbsup: New Order, Blur and Oasis too

something by Tool could (should?) have been mentioned... Lateralus maybe?

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"Time" -the Walker brothers

"Light my fire"- The Doors (long version)

Anything from "Animals"-Pink Floyd (except "Birds on a wing")

And I think "Bridge over troubled waters" might have been over 7 minutes...

:thumbsup: to "maggot brain" that's a great pick

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And I think "Bridge over troubled waters" might have been over 7 minutes...

I only have a version that's not even 5 minutes :stars:

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some songs were editted... So I might have been wrong about that one... :blush:

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Echoes isn't on that list...

Nor is Cowgirl in the Sand

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I notice there is only one song per artist, which I think is a fair way to do it.

Naturally, being a prog-rocker, I do not like this list. The lack of Jethro Tull (I just so happen to be listening to the eight and a half minute Pibroch right now - amazing song), Genesis and ELP is inexcusable. :mad:

At least they included King Crimson. :bow:

I would have included, from the above and other bands:

Minstrel In The Gallery - Jethro Tull (or My God, Thick As A Brick, A Passion Play, Baker Street Muse, Pibroch (Cap In Hand), Dark Ages... the list goes on and on)

Firth Of Fifth - Genesis

Karn Evil 9 - ELP

Man-Erg - Van Der Graaf Generator

Nine Feet Underground - Caravan

Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

The Dead Flag Blues - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Child In Time - Deep Purple

Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys - Traffic (I know lots of people here will agree with me on this one) :grin:

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Echoes isn't on that list...

And it damn well should be! David Gilmour did a kickass version of it on his On An Island tour that was filmed for the Remember That Night DVD. Amazing.

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I notice there is only one song per artist, which I think is a fair way to do it.

Naturally, being a prog-rocker, I do not like this list. The lack of Jethro Tull (I just so happen to be listening to the eight and a half minute Pibroch right now - amazing song), Genesis and ELP is inexcusable. :mad:

At least they included King Crimson. :bow:

I would have included, from the above and other bands:

Minstrel In The Gallery - Jethro Tull (or My God, Thick As A Brick, A Passion Play, Baker Street Muse, Pibroch (Cap In Hand), Dark Ages... the list goes on and on)

Firth Of Fifth - Genesis

Karn Evil 9 - ELP

Man-Erg - Van Der Graaf Generator

Nine Feet Underground - Caravan

Telegraph Road - Dire Straits

The Dead Flag Blues - Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Child In Time - Deep Purple

Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys - Traffic (I know lots of people here will agree with me on this one) :grin:

I was gonna respond with something like this, but now I don't need to.

I like to see Willie the Pimp there though :)

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Living For The City -- Stevie Wonder

full-length version 7:21

and if they let The Stones have another, but

You Can't Always Get What You Want

7:30

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How about American Pie by Don McLean?

Echoes isn't on that list...

Nor is Cowgirl in the Sand

"Theme for an Imaginary Western"?

"Cygnet Comittee" - Bowie

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Achilles Last Stand > When The Levee Breaks

I have to disagree with that. Levee is in the Top 3 songs they ever did. I mean, how many albums can you say the closer is the best song on there?

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One of my personal favorites as far as long songs go is "Take A Pebble" by ELP. I guess you would have to be a major fan ( like me :D ) to really enjoy all the intricacies tho.

I personally think that song really brings out the true talent of each of the band members.

Keith Emerson is still considered one of the best keyboardist in the world, Carl Palmer is a world class drummer to this day and Greg Lake in his prime could hold his own as a very good vocalist. His Bass and guitar playing could never be compared to any of the greats out there, but his lyrics and vocals were out standing. True he did write a lot of the lyrics with Fripp (King Crimson) but I'd say he is still top rate :D

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how many albums can you say the closer is the best song on there?

Nirvana's Nevermind with Something in the Way, if you don't count the hidden track at the end.

There's a few lesser-known albums also, including Dirt by Alice in Chains.

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and if they let The Stones have another, but

You Can't Always Get What You Want

7:30

I think this one deserved a spot too.

I also would have put Dylan's "Hurricane" on the list over "Sad-Eyed Lady..."

And I agree with "When the Levee Breaks" being included since its my favourite Zeppelin song but I'm a little surprised they chose it over "Stairway" or "Kashmir".

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It's very hard to choose the best Led Zeppelin song over 7 minutes. My favourites are:

1. The Rain Song

2. Kashmir

3. No Quarter

4. Stairway To Heaven

5. When The Levee Breaks

6. Achilles Last Stand

7. Since I've Been Loving You

8. In My Time Of Dying

9. In The Light

10. How Many More Times

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You can't talk about great Zeppelin songs over 7 minutes long without talking about Tea For One. It's basically impossible. Post-PG, it's the best work they did.

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In Held T'was I In - Procol Harum - 17:34

Darshan - Robert Fripp & David Sylvian - 17:15

Salisbury - Uriah Heep - 16:16

Lost Angeles - Colosseum - 15:45

Desolation Row - Bob Dylan - 11:22

Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers - 11:03

Love And Only Love - Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 10:18

As the Years Go Passing by - Eric Burdon & The Animals - 10:12

Oh Well - Fleetwood Mac - 09:03

Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals - 07:30

Whaling Stories - Procol Harum - 07:08

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