Long Live the Long Song

Really like Noel Murray’s piece this week for AVClub that discussed the virtues of the long song.  While a lot of pop music strains its credibility if it goes past the 4 minute mark, there are the songs that blow past that and continue to be enjoyable.  As a lot of the commenters to Murray’s piece, I have a bunch of my own favorite long songs.  Here’s a list of ten songs over 7 minutes long that keep me entertained for their entire duration:

  1. Primal Scream, Loaded from Screamadelica (7.03)
  2. Stevie Wonder, As from Songs in the Key of Life (7.08)
  3. Led Zeppelin, When the Levee Breaks from Led Zeppelin IV (7.10)
  4. Outkast, Git Up, Git Out from Southernplayisticaddilacmuzik (7.27)
  5. Bob Dylan, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) from Bringing It All Back Home (7.33)
  6. James Brown, The Payback from The Payback (7.39)
  7. LCD Soundsystem, Losing My Edge from LCD Soundsystem (7.53)
  8. Ministry, So What from The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (8.12)
  9. Rolling Stone, Midnight Rambler from Let It Bleed (9.12)
  10. Stone Roses, Fools Gold from The Stone Roses (9.54)

And I’ll leave you with a video from another great long song (very long) since I couldn’t have a post about great long songs without a Pink Floyd entry:

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