So last week, I took a look at ten songs over 7 minutes long in a more modern sense. But there is a metric ton of classic rock tracks that are also over 7 minutes long and they had to get their own list. So buckle up cupcakes, here’s the Top Ten Songs Over 7 Minutes Long (Classic Rock edition).
10) Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Davida (17:05)
When you think of classic rock songs and you think of LONG classic rock songs, In A Gadda Davida. Clocking in at over 17 minutes (a live version goes over 19), the only problem with the song these days is the Simpsons version creeps into my head whenever it’s mentioned.
9) Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird (9 to 10:08 depending on the version)
Right now, Alex James of Nerds with Guitars wants to punch me as do a ton of other musicians out there but honestly, it’s a good song with an awesome guitar part. Sure, some chump years ago began to ruin it for any rock musician to hit a stage but that doesn’t mean the song is bad, just the drunks who call it out at concerts.
8) The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (7:15)
This song has become a film favourite, it’s especially remembered for it’s appearance in Casino and Blow, it’s one of the Stones’ best tracks from Sticky Fingers, which is saying something when you remember that it’s on the same side as “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses”.
7) Derek and the Dominos – Layla (7:11)
A song that has dominated Clapton’s career since it came out, I love the amazing end piece with the piano / guitar solos.
6) Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland (9:33)
From one of the best Springsteen albums ever (Born to Run), this epic yarn of gang life in the city features one of the greatest sax solos known to mankind. Yes, mankind, I said it, I meant it.
5) The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again (8:32)
The final track on Who’s Next, is probably my favourite Who song because it completely encompases what the Who were for me. You have the fury of their younger years in the guitar sound matched with the more complicated song quality of the middle and later years.
4) The Velvet Underground – Heroin (7:12)
One of the most important classic rock songs for modern rock, “Heroin” was one of the first rock songs to deal with the dirty reality of drugs during the 60’s. The drums on this track just help the song to rise and crash like waves on a jagged rock.
3) Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks (7:08)
To quote Wayne Campbell “No Stairway. Denied!”. While I like Stairway to Heaven, I feel this is the best of the longer Zeppelin tracks. This is a perfect version of Zepplin, loud, bluesy with HUGE drums. For younger fans, yes you have heard those drums before. They get sampled… a lot.
2) Don McLean – American Pie (8:33)
McLean’s story of his love of music and the day the music died is one of the best “story” songs in classic rock.
1) The Beatles – Hey Jude (7:11)
It’s really hard to make a list of classic rock songs without including the Fab Four but what really surprised me was the fact that this song is over 7 minutes long. I could have sworn it’s much shorter which I guess is a bit of a testament to the Beatles’ writing skills (oddly, I couldn’t find a version that goes with the whole 7:11, instead most of them fade out to early)
There was one song that I really wanted to put on one of the two lists but it didn’t seem to fit into either list… and honestly, while I love this song, I’m not sure how great it is… but alas, my love for the work of Prince is too strong not to some how share it. The best Prince song over 7 minutes long is Purple Rain!
So folks, what songs did I miss off the classic rock list? Please feel free to list your favourites in the comment section below!