In Praise of the Long Song

cdI discovered this Rolling Stone list after Fameone linked to it. It's the 50 best songs over 7 minutes long, and it's got me thinking...

What are my favourite songs over nine minutes in length? Here are my top ten.

  • In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly (17:02)
  • The End - The Doors (11:44)
  • Xanadu - Rush (11:07)
  • Cowgirl In The Sand - Neil Young (10:08)
  • Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (10:08)
  • All I Want Is You - U2 (9:52)
  • Born Slippy - Underworld (9:45)
  • Down By The River - Neil Young (9:20)
  • Jesus Of Suburbia - Green Day (9:08)
  • Tainted Love - Soft Cell (9:01)

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I also really like:
- "Do you feel like I do" by Peter Frampton 13:45
- "Know where you go/tell me your dream" by Blue Rodeo 9:22
- "All around the world" by Oasis 9:20
- "Nothing to Fear" by Chris Rea 9:12
- "Release" by Pearl Jam 9:06

I always figured when you heard these songs on the radio, the DJ needed a bathroom or smoke break.

December 7, 2007 @ 8:22 PM

Toronto Mike

I know "Release" is 9:06, but I kept it off my list because it tails off so much... I felt it cheated.

I also banned songs from live albums.

I especially banned all those songs with long gaps at the end followed by a bonus song. This was very big in the early 90s.

December 7, 2007 @ 8:24 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

The Velvet Underground- Sister Ray 17 minutes 27 seconds

December 8, 2007 @ 8:54 AM

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