Great Jukebox Values! Our Favorite Long Classic Rock Songs [LIST]
Let's face it. Things these days are just more expensive. In a time when consumers are attempting to get the most out of their dollar, why not do the same at the jukebox?
When you stop by your favorite bar tonight and pump money into the jukebox, considering spinning one of these classic rock anthems. With a running time of at least five minutes each, you'll be sure to get your money's worth.
It's important to note that just because a song is long, that doesn't mean it rocks. So with apologies to Arlo Guthrie, "Alice's Restaurant" will not be featured here. We'll also attempt to avoid the obvious, so no "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" either.
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It might not be his longest song, but it's certainly his most epic. The title track from the album Bat Out of Hell clocks in at an impressive 9:47. It's worth noting that the track features E Street Band members Max Weinberg on drums and Roy Bittan on keys. Musician and producer Todd Rundgren also performs several instruments on the song.
When it comes to long songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd the knee-jerk reaction is to name "Free Bird," but as we said from the beginning we're going to avoid the obvious. "Tuesday's Gone" is a single from the band's debut album (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) and measures 7:32 in length. Don't play this song too early in the night or you're likely to have people crying in their beers. The mournful story of a relationship ending is possibly best remembered for its use in pivotal ending scenes in the films Dazed and Confused and Happy Gilmore.
This B-side anthem from Queen's 1977 album News of the World is 6:22 of pure rock and roll theatrics. Penned by Brian May and featuring a powerful vocal performance by Freddie Mercury. While not as popular as some of the band's bigger hits, the song is noted for featured a tapping-style of lead guitar that was later popularized by Eddie Van Halen.
At 10:06, "Cowgirl in the Sand" is the longest track on Neil Young's Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. Rock and roll folklore has it that Young wrote this song, along with "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down by the River," while near delirium with a 103-degree fever. The song is among the first recorded by Young with his band Crazy Horse. No stranger to long songs, "Down by the River," "Like a Hurricane" and "Cortez the Killer" are popular Neil Young songs that are quite lengthy.
The Motor City Madman kicked off his first solo album with this 8:22 swaggering rocker. This song can be considered the ultimate entrance song. For maximum effect, have a friend cue the song up before you enter. Fling the door of the bar open as Nugent strikes the first notes of the song's epic riff. You'll be sure to make an impression.