366TAS: Beyond 7:55

The trip from 1:50 to 7:55 is complete and we’ve enjoyed a bunch of great music across all of those times. Early in the year, I mentioned some of the better songs shorter than 1:50. Obviously, there’s a limited set of options there; you can only make a song so short and there’s only so much you can do with a shorter time. But what about the epic anthems that run longer than the times we sampled? There’s a lot more of those, including some highly celebrated songs, many of which are as renowned for their length as their greatness. Here’s a quick survey of 70 of the songs too long to make the cut over the last year. They’re not always the best long song by that particular artist and they aren’t always the longest the artist has to offer, although the list does end with the longest single track in my library…

7:58 – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – More News from Nowhere
7:59 – Weezer – Only in Dreams
8:00 – Steely Dan – Aja
8:01 – Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – No More Shoes
8:03 – Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
8:06 – Primal Scream – Come Together
8:14 – Faith No More – The Real Thing
8:14 – Phish – Maze
8:16 – The J.B.’s – It’s Not the Express, It’s the J.B.’s Monaurail (Parts 1 & 2)
8:16 – Simian Mobile Disco – Thousand Year Egg
8:17 – Medeski, Martin & Wood – We’re So Happy
8:17 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Sir Psycho Sexy
8:21 – The Beta Band – She’s the One
8:22 – Ministry – Scarecrow
8:26 – Destroyer – Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
8:27 – Metallica – Orion
8:28 – Ricardo Donoso – The Bow and the Lyre
8:31 – Drums and Tuba – No Accomodation for Buffalo
8:33 – Yes – Roundabout
8:34 – Bob Dylan – Hurricane
8:35 – M83 – Couleurs
8:37 – Don McLean – American Pie
8:39 – The Chemical Brothers – The Sunshine Underground
8:41 – Prince – Purple Rain
8:46 – Bill Callahan – One Fine Morning
8:48 – The Polyphonic Spree – Suitcase Calling
8:51 – Spiritualized – Hey Jane
8:52 – Digital Underground – Doowutchyalike
8:54 – Cloud Nothings – Wasted Days
8:54 – Genesis – Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
8:57 – Guns N’ Roses – November Rain
8:59 – The Phenomenal Handclap Band – The Circle is Broken
9:02 – Gogol Bordello – Baro Foro
9:12 – DJ Shadow – Blood on the Motorway
9:12 – The Allman Brothers – Back Where it All Begins
9:21 – The Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
9:25 – Kraftwerk – Autobahn
9:26 – Parliament – Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)
9:29 – Stereolab – Outer Bongolia
9:34 – Bruce Springsteen – Jungleland
9:37 – Rush – La Villa Strangiato
9:39 – Alaksa! – The Light
9:41 – Music Go Music – Warm in the Shadows
9:49 – The Outlaws – Green Grass and High Tides
9:50 – Discodeine – Figures in a Soundscape
9:52 – Nurse With Wound – Two Shaves and a Shine (Concerto For Bouzouki And 3 Piece Rock Group In 93 Six Second Segments)
9:57 – Frank Ocean – Pyramids
10:00 – Daft Punk – Too Long
10:07 – Explosions in the Sky – Let Me Back In
10:08 – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
10:21 – Swans – The Apostate (Edit)
10:54 – Royal Space Force – Uber Code
10:55 – Cat Power – Nothin But Time
10:56 – The Doors – When the Music’s Over
11:00 – Cannonball Adderley – Autumn Leaves
11:06 – Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
11:22 – Gang Gang Dance – Glass Jar
11:27 – moe. – Rebubula
13:31 – Pink Floyd – Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-5)
14:02 – Titus Andronicus – The Battle of Hampton Roads
14:19 – Dire Straits – Telegraph Road
15:07 – Cut Copy – Sun God
15:45 – Herbie Hancock – Chameleon
16:04 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Cappriccio Italien, Op. 45
16:19 – Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan
17:02 – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
20:07 – Godspeed You! Black Emperor – We Drift Like Worried Fire
30:15 – Santana – Freeway (live)
46:05 – LCD Soundsystem – 45:33

Here’s a Spotify playlist to give you a taste of most of these selections (note that several are unavailable on Spotify):

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