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Songs over 6 minutes long

Pop songs are on average 3 to 5 minutes long. The 1950s and 60s saw shorter tracks, while they increased in length to the 80s. But there’s been little variation since then. However, there’s plenty of songs bucking the trend, being released as much longer tracks. Here I’m listing songs over 6 minutes long.

Many of the really long songs can be whole albums, then split into sub tracks. Others have shorter radio edits, or released as a short cover by another singer.

As with many of these lists, it’s often the same artists appearing. For long songs, Led Zeppelin feature a number of times, as do other more rock themed bands. Not forgetting the experimental artists rather than manufactured pop. 

For me I prefer a shorter song – I can get a bit bored listening to the same singer for too long. But if you’re wanting to get more immersed in an artist or band’s sound, then here’s songs over 6 minutes long for you to enjoy.

songs over 6 mnutes long

Long songs over 6 minutes playtime

  • 2 Minutes to midnight – Iron Maiden (6:04)
  • 2112 –  Rush (20:38)
  • A change of seasons – The Crimson Sunrise (57:30)
  • Achilles Last Stand – Led Zeppelin (10:31)
  • Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie (18:15)
  • All too well – Taylor Swift (10:13)
  • American Pie  – Don McLean (8:42)
  • Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd (8:28)
  • Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf (9:52)
  • By The Time I Get To Phoenix – Isaac Hayes (18:40)
  • Champagne Supernova – Oasis (7:27)
  • Child in Time – Deep Purple (10:18)
  • Chime – Orbital (12:46)
  • Close to the Edge by Yes (18:43)
  • Coma – Guns n Roses (10:16)
  • Come together – Primal Scream (10:21)
  • Cowgirl In The Sand – Neil Young (10:06)
  • Dazed And Confused – Led Zeppelin (6:28)
  • Desolation Row – Bob Dylan (11:20)
  • Dogs – Pink FLoyd (17:05)
  • Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson (6:06)
  • Echoes – Pink Floyd (23:29)
  • Empire of the Clouds – Iron Maiden (18:01)
  • Everybody Dance – Chic (6:41)
  • Free Bird – Lynrd Skynrd (10:07)
  • Freedom – Rage Against The Machine (6:06)
  • Freedom! ’90 – George Michael (6:27)
  • Fools Gold – The Stone Roses (9:53)
  • Funeral for A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding in My Hand – Elton John (11:07)
  • Green Grass and High Tides – The Outlaws (9:49)
  • Heroes – David Bowie (6:11)
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles (7:11)
  • Hotel california – The Eagles (6:30)
  • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart – Al Green (6:22)
  • In a gadda da vida – Iron Butterfly (17:06)
  • Jungleland – Bruce Springsteen (9:33)
  • Knights Of Cydonia – Muse (6:07)
  • Konstantine – Something Corporate (9:37)
  • Lady of the Valley – White Lion (6:36)
  • Layla – Derek & the Dominos (7:04)
  • Les Fleur – 4Hero (6:06)
  • Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (6:13)
  • Love to Love you Baby – Donna Summer (16:49) 
  • Low Spark of high heel boys – Traffic (11:44)
  • Lover, Leaver (Taker, Believer) – Greta Van Fleet (26:35)
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  • McArthur Park –  Richard Harris (7:21)
  • Miracles – Jefferson Starship (6:52)
  • Mrs Potters Lullaby – Counting Crows (7:46)
  • November Rain – Guns N Roses (8:57)
  • O Superman by Laurie Anderson (8 minutes)
  • One – Metallica (7:27)
  • Orion – Metallica (8:27)
  • Papa was a Rolling Stone – Temptations (12 minutes, 6:54 version)
  • Paradise by the dashboard lights – Meatloaf (8:55)
  • Paranoid Android – Radiohead (6:23)
  • Pigs – Pink Floyd (11:28)
  • Pull me Under – Drum Theater (8:11)
  • Pyramids – Frank Ocean  (9:54)
  • Rapture – Blondie (6:31)
  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden (13:39)
  • Rooster by Alice In Chains (6:18)
  • Rose Tint My World – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (8:19)
  • Shine on you crazy diamond – Pink Floyd (13:40)
  • Since I’ve been loving you – Led Zep – 7min
  • Sister Ray – The Velvet Underground (17:28)
  • Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin (7:55)
  • Stranglehold by Ted Nugent (8:26)
  • Station to Station – David Bowie (10:14)
  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby Stills & Nash (7:28)
  • Telegraph road – Dire straits (14:18)
  • Tender – Blur  (7:40)
  • The End – The Doors (11:43)
  • The Great Goodnight – Magellan (34:35)
  • The Lemon Song – Led Zeppelin (6:20)
  • The Pot – Tool (6:22)
  • The Tower – Julian Cope (10:16)
  • Thick as a brick – Jethro Tull (43:50)
  • Tiny Dancer – Elton John (6:12)
  • To Live is to Die – Metallica (9:49)
  • Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix (15:00)
  • We are the World – USA for Africa (6:22)
  • When the music’s over – The Doors (11 mins)
  • You Need A Man/ Coming To You – Loggins & Messina (9:13) 

Don’t forget to let me know if there’s any tracks I’ve missed.

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  1. When I read songs over 6 minutes my first thoughts were Meatloaf, his songs were always so long. I always thought Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was really long but it’s just under 6 minutes. You learn something new everyday. x