What's the longest song you have ever heard?

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    Oct 13, 2015 4:26 PM GMT
    I was going to start with the longest song I have ever heard, it was a song from the 80's called 'Superman', just over 8 min long. Then when I Google'd 'The Longest song ever recorded', I was speachless. Listed in The Guiness Book of Records is Michael Bostwick's recording, sung by the USA Pipe Choir. The song, 'To our yes', recording time: 1 hr 59 min, released 16 August 2014. Recently, 'Radiohead's' Thom Yorke, released 'Subterranea'. Release date, 8 June 2015; recording time: 432 hrs/18 days. I wouldn't be able to sit through that. Sweet Mrs Brown would say, "Ain't nobody got time for that!"
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    Oct 13, 2015 4:37 PM GMT
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    Oct 13, 2015 5:15 PM GMT
    Fitting the definition of what I think you're really asking for would be this from ELP in 1970.



    Probably one of my all time top ten. Beautiful piece IMO.

    Another would be Thick as a Brick


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    Oct 13, 2015 10:51 PM GMT
    good picks freedom. elp & tull two of my favorites.

    Here's another of my favorites...



    and I'll add to that



    and of course...



    I probably still know all the words to that last one or I'd relearn them after one or two plays.

    We grew up with great music.

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    Oct 13, 2015 11:15 PM GMT
    Lots of LPs used to have a track that took up the whole back side - so those would be 12 to 15 minutes.

    I once heard Blue Öyster Cult play "Godzilla" for about 45 minutes.

    But lots of symphonies are longer than that.

    Every Phillip Glass piece I've ever sat through lasted an eternity:
    (Will it ever end? Or will I have to chew my arm off and sneak away?)

    John Cage has written a piece for organ called "As Slow As Possible" that is being performed in a church in Germany. The performance started in 2001. If they stick with it, it is scheduled to last for 639 years, until 2640.
  • Apparition

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    Oct 13, 2015 11:24 PM GMT
    Inagodadavida by iron butterfly is pretty long, like 17 minutes, it was a legit song. Thriller is a long video if not song.




    Tanuc Tanuc, Badger Badgers Badgers, and many others have 30 hour or infinite versions.
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    Oct 14, 2015 1:48 AM GMT
    Apparition wrote: "Inagodadavida by iron butterfly is pretty long, like 17 minutes, it was a legit song. Thriller is a long video if not song."

    Only 17 minutes: are you sure?

    In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida started playing in June 14, 1968 and even though I turned off the radio, it must still be playing. It's the sort of song that never ends.

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    Oct 14, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    theantijock saidgood picks freedom. elp & tull two of my favorites.

    Here's another of my favorites...



    and I'll add to that



    and of course...



    I probably still know all the words to that last one or I'd relearn them after one or two plays.

    We grew up with great music.



    Traffic would also be one of my picks and the Pink Floyd. We agree 100%
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    Oct 14, 2015 2:40 AM GMT
    Apparition saidInagodadavida by iron butterfly is pretty long, like 17 minutes, it was a legit song. Thriller is a long video if not song.




    Tanuc Tanuc, Badger Badgers Badgers, and many others have 30 hour or infinite versions.


    Iron Butterfly ..... outstanding song and one of my top ten.
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    Oct 14, 2015 2:44 AM GMT
    And another one of my top ten or maybe I should say top three



    especially and mostly part 2
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    Oct 14, 2015 2:47 AM GMT
    and of course

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    Oct 14, 2015 2:52 AM GMT

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    Oct 14, 2015 2:55 AM GMT
    and not quite as long, but an amazingly beautiful song that few know about by Jefferson Airplane

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    Oct 14, 2015 3:08 AM GMT
    Very different genre, but still my number one, by far. The most amazingly haunting beautiful piece of music I've ever heard. The power of silence!

    The first youtube comment says it all

    "Chiara Keating 2 months ago
    I was up ridiculously early this morning and I stood at my sliding glass doors with them open. The sun was just coming up and everyone was still asleep and this came on shuffle and it blew my mind. I watched birds fly over the orange and blue sky with total silence around my other than this song. One of the most beautiful moments in my life."


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    Oct 14, 2015 1:18 PM GMT
    theantijock saidgood picks freedom. elp & tull two of my favorites.

    Here's another of my favorites...





    Love this song! You beat me to it. The band I was in with my boyfriend's late father played this one and Neil Young's "Down By the River" and we made them last forever, each of us would take a solo, even the drummer.
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    Oct 14, 2015 2:44 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidTraffic would also be one of my picks and the Pink Floyd. We agree 100%

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    Love this song! You beat me to it. The band I was in with my boyfriend's late father played this one and Neil Young's "Down By the River" and we made them last forever, each of us would take a solo, even the drummer.


    Yeah, there's something meditative, innovative about that Traffic song that puts you in their moment. I've probably also loved that song from the very first time I heard it and I seem to recall that I liked it maybe a little more than most of my friends did.

    I also like a lot of contemporary and international stuff but what I've found is that the music from the 70s especially was somehow more good as measured by the quality of quantity than what was later produced. I don't know if I said that right. In other words, I could buy an album and enjoy every song on it. While the stuff I'd buy later had just a few songs on an album worth listening to.

    Fortunately it seemed that as quality declined, digital kicked in such that you could buy just the songs you liked without paying for the crap you didn't need to listen to.

    To Shifty's comment I was also in a band in high school. I played lead guitar but I was terrible and I knew it. I had years of guitar and piano lessons but I just can't coordinate my hands. I can hear the music in me as clearly as an auditory hallucination, I can learn every note, but I can't get it out of my hands. Two of the guys I played with still play, one in a band with some of our other childhood friends and the other does solo acts, very talented guys.

    A few trips ago up north I was at some random bar with a group of my friends and it turned out that the band playing was a group of my brother's old friends. So I'm in my fucking 50s and still being called "Little (insert last name here)". Yikes!
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Oct 14, 2015 4:39 PM GMT
    Bon Jovi: Dry County off their 93 album These Days. Their best album no doubt. It comes in at just under 10 minutes on the studio version, most live performances push the 11 minute mark.


    This song is incredible, it sure doesn't hurt that Sambora is one of the greatest guitar players of all time.



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    Oct 14, 2015 5:41 PM GMT


    Not only it lasts one hour [ there may be longer versions] its also the biggest hit ever of Arab music by the greatest singer of the Arab world,Umm kulthum, the songs name ''inta omri'' =you are my life.
    [i wanted to add the Wikipedia entry but its very short and not good]


    for a western ear it sounds strange in the beginning, but its worth trying.

    the song

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_60aeEmIG0
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    Oct 14, 2015 5:57 PM GMT
    Ok, off to a slightly different genre

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    Oct 15, 2015 12:32 AM GMT
    Would have to say my favourite song of all time....
    Don Mclean's, "American Pie" icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 15, 2015 1:26 AM GMT
    Artist: Denki Groove
    Track Name: "虹" (Niji)
    Track Name (English): "Rainbow"

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    Oct 15, 2015 1:34 AM GMT
    https://youtu.be/m57gzA2JCcM

    "Alice's Restaurant" feels like the longest at any rate.
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    Oct 15, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    My mother singing "Amazing Grace" in church once. She's completely tone deaf and several people stopped singing and simply stared.
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    Oct 16, 2015 8:49 AM GMT
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    "The Lady in Number 6" is on Netflix. So beautiful.
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    Oct 16, 2015 9:20 AM GMT
    When I was a kid, my father had a copy of what I THOUGHT was the longest song in the world... because it took up BOTH sides of a 45 rpm record...



    As i got a little older... this is one that I thought went for a crazy long time... but not as long as Alice's Restaurant...