50 Great Songs Over 7 Minutes Long That Didn’t Make Rolling Stone’s List

Yesterday, Rolling Stone online put together a list of what they called “The Fifty Best Songs Over Seven Minutes Long.” Not so much. Sure, there were some all-time great songs on that list, but other songs weren’t even the best long song by the particular artist, much less on a 50 best ever list.

So, I figured that I’d do my own. Thanks to the magic of an iTunes playlist sort, it didn’t take very long to put together. Here are my rules: because some artists (Neil Young, Velvet Underground) work better with long songs, I figured that it was OK to have multiple songs by individual artists. I did, however, discount anything that had never been commercially released, which wiped out a lot of Bruce Springsteen songs.

Like Rolling Stone’s list, this is alphabetical by artist.

50 Great Songs Over 7 Minutes Long That Didn’t Make Rolling Stone’s List of the Fifty Best Songs over Seven Minutes Long

  1. Ryan Adams – Nobody Girl
  2. The Beatles – I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  3. Belle & Sebastian – This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
  4. Dan Bern – Simple
  5. Bettie Serveert – The Ocean, My Floor
  6. Boston - Foreplay /Long Time
  7. James Brown – Cold Sweat
  8. Buzzcocks – I Believe
  9. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ramble Tamble
  10. Miles Davis – Shhh/Peaceful
  11. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism
  12. Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water (Live)
  13. The Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses
  14. Drive-by Truckers – The Living Bubba (Live)
  15. Drive-by Truckers – Angels And Fuselage
  16. Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind
  17. Bob Dylan – (Stuck Inside of Mobile with the) Memphis Blues Again
  18. Bob Dylan – Visions of Johanna
  19. Grandaddy – He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot
  20. Guns N’ Roses – Breakdown
  21. Hüsker Dü – All Work and No Play
  22. Led Zeppelin – In My Time of Dying
  23. Led Zeppelin – Achilles Last Stand
  24. Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry (London 1975)
  25. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
  26. New Order – Temptation (12″)
  27. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pts 1-5
  28. Preston School of Industry – Encyclopedic Knowledge of
  29. Prince - Let’s Go Crazy (12″)
  30. The Rolling Stones – Miss You (12″)
  31. The Patti Smith Group – Land
  32. Bruce Springsteen – Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  33. The Stratford 4 - Telephone
  34. The Temptations – Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  35. Tonio K - The Ballad of the Night the Clocks All Quit (And the Government Failed)
  36. U2 – An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart
  37. UB40 – Don’t Let It Pass You By
  38. The Velvet Underground – Sister Ray
  39. The Velvet Underground – Ocean (Live 1969)
  40. The Velvet Underground – What Goes On (Live 1969)
  41. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good
  42. The Who – A Quick One, While He’s Away (Live)
  43. Stevie Wonder – As
  44. Yes – Close To The Edge
  45. Yo La Tengo – Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
  46. Neil Young – Down by the River
  47. Neil Young – Over and Over
  48. Neil Young – Natural Beauty
  49. Neil Young – I’m The Ocean
  50. Neil Young – Like a Hurricane

21 Responses to “50 Great Songs Over 7 Minutes Long That Didn’t Make Rolling Stone’s List”

  1. tim says:

    Brand New – Limousine

  2. tim says:

    also
    Don McLean- American Pie

  3. Arlo says:

    Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

  4. will says:

    Excellent list, thanks for including Sister Ray.

  5. maths says:

    Blue Room by The Orb brought ambient to another level. Full length version comes in at a whopping 40:00 but in order to qualify for the British charts as a single rather than an EP they did a 39:57 version and promptly charted at No.8

  6. Andrew says:

    What a great list. I’m sure there’ll be a few arguments but I wont quibble with a list that includes the astounding Beatles – I Want You (She’s So Heavy) AND the Stones – Miss You.

  7. john r says:

    Your list is way more entertaining and much more relevant than the Rolling Stones list. These songs are good too.
    1. Pink Floyd- Interstellar Overdrive
    2. The Died Pretty- Mirror Blues
    3. Van Morrison- Almost Independence Day
    4. Eleventh Dream Day- Tenth Leaving Train
    5. Rainy Day- Rainy Day, Dream Away
    6. Television- Little Johnny Jewel

  8. Jim says:

    All of the suggestions that people have left above are really good. A couple were on early versions of the list, and might have made it had I decided to limit each artist to a single song.

    I’m not big into techno, so I’ve never heard that Orb song, but I really love the story about how they gamed the U.K. charts.

    Here are some others that I might have added:
    Genesis – Supper’s Ready
    The Seeds – Up in Her Room
    Jethro Tull – Thick as A Brick
    Flipper – Sex Bomb
    Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon (All Night Version)

  9. Arnar says:

    Kraftwerk – Computer Love
    David Bowie – The Width Of A Circle
    The Doors – When The Music’s Over
    The Doors – The Soft Parade
    The Doors – Riders on the Storm
    Neil Young – Cowgirl In The Sand
    Chemical Brothers – It Began In Afrika

  10. Chris Blake says:

    I used to listen to at least ten of those songs over and over and over. “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” “When the Levee Breaks,” “Layla,” “Heroin,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “The End,” “Only in Dreams,” “Hey Jude,” etc. I had no idea how much the seven-minute song has meant to me over the years. Alas, who has the time anymore?

    SHAME ON ROLLING STONE for leaving out:
    Catherine Wheel: “Black Metallic”
    Bruce Springsteen: “Rosalita,” “Incident on 57th Street,” “New York City Serenade”
    Bob Marley: “No Woman, No Cry”
    Stevie Wonder: “Living for the City”
    Bob Dylan: “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” “Visions of Johanna,” “Idiot Wind”
    Boston: “Foreplay/Long Time”
    Don McLean: “American Pie”
    Jackson Browne: “The Load-Out/Stay”

    There are some others that I also would’ve overlooked, but Rolling Stone has more time to research this stuff and therefore should not be excused for passing over these brilliant gems:
    The La’s: “Looking Glass”
    Peter Gabriel: “Come Talk to Me”
    Joni Mitchell: “The Sire of Sorrow”
    Sade: “No Ordinary Love”
    David Gray: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye”
    Dave Matthews Band: “Proudest Monkey”
    Chris Blake: “Harbor” (it probably just missed the cut, right?)

  11. frenger says:

    What about Mew – Comforting Sounds?!!

  12. Arjun says:

    This is a futile effort, there are just too many good songs to be included on such a list. The list needs to be at least 300 songs long to do justice to all the great 7-minute-plus classics out there. Here are just a few of my favourites not mentioned on either list:

    The Allman Brothers – You Don’t Love Me (Live at Fillmore East, 1971), Jessica, Mountain Jam (Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival, 1970)
    David Bowie – Heroes
    The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Midnight Rambler (from Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!)
    The Who – My Generation (Live at Leeds, 1970), We’re Not Gonna Take It
    Bob Dylan (There are soooo many!) – Chimes of Freedom, Ballad in Plain D, With God On Our Side, Desolation Row, Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, Hurricane, Black Diamond Bay
    Deep Purple – Child In Time (studio original/Made in Japan version), Strange Kind of Woman (Made in Japan version), Lazy (Made In Japan version)
    The Doors – L.A. Woman, Light My Fire
    Eagles – The Last Resort
    Guns ‘n’ Roses – November Rain
    Janis Joplin – Get It While You Can (Live), Ball and Chain (Live)
    Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child (the 15-minute one), 1983… (A Merman I Should Turn To Be)
    Led Zeppelin (again, quite a few) – How Many More Times, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Stairway to Heaven, Kasmir, In the Light
    Meat Load – Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light, For Crying Out Loud
    Pink Floyd – all the long ones from Animals, Us and Them
    Santana – Soul Sacrifice (Live at Woodstock)
    Supertramp – Rudy, Cannonball, Another Man’s Woman (Live)
    Thin Lizzy – Black Rose
    Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue, Madame George, Ballerina
    Shakti – Joy
    Rush – 2112
    Grateful Dead – Turn On Your Lovelight (Live/Dead version)
    Dire Straits – Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road
    New Order – Blue Monday
    Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
    Ten Years After – I’m Going Home (Live at Woodstock), Love Like a Man (Live at the Fillmore East), Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (Live at the Fillmore East)

    And there’s plenty more where that came from… Now, back to my homework…

  13. Ive seen so many names of groups and songs pretty much no one has heard of. How about a list of GREAT songs that were over 5 or 7 minutes long Not a list of obscure songs that only a really big fan of that group knows aboout like
    A group of small furry animals gathered together in a cave grooving with a pict. Dont you know that one its bu PINK FLOYD, dah! should this one by on any list? No about 80% of the stuff mentioned above lets get a real list of well known ie hit songs by known groups which means they actually made it in the music world

  14. Fernando says:

    Deep Purple Child In Time
    Led Zeppelin Achilles Last Stand
    Black Sabbath Wheels Of Confusion
    The James Gang The Bomber
    Wishbone Ash Phoenix
    Boston Foreplay/Long Time
    Creedence Clearwater Revival Graveyard Train
    Neil Young Down By The River
    Thin Lizzy Black Rose
    The Outlaws Green Grass And High Tides Forever
    Grand Funk Creeping

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