Top 10 Longest Rock Songs We Can Remember (page 2)

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Todd Rundgren, Doing His Best to Win the Longest Song Award (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Todd Rundgren, Doing His Best to Win the Longest Song Award (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

5. “Gypsy Woman”/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tim Buckley[/lastfm] (12:19)

Pure 1969, a song ripe with the sounds and smells of cross-legged hippies sitting around living rooms and communes, drinking sangria and grooving to the moment, baby. The album where it was found, Happy Sad, was far more experimental than his previous records; even some mellow back-then hippies got a little pissed about it all. (MV)

4. “Lady of the Lake”/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Starcastle[/lastfm] (10:28)

Central Illinois prog rock that makes the flightiest [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yes[/lastfm] lyric sound like Hemingway: “melting golden flesh is cracked and spilled in garden-circles grown of me.” An edited version bubbled under the Hot 100 singles chart in 1976. (JA)

3. “Sister Ray”/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Velvet Underground[/lastfm] (17:27)

What is there to say about the consummate blend of punk, psychedelia and noise rock? At nearly 18 minutes, it’s like a rock that rolls down a long, steep hill before crashing full-speed into Andy Warhol’s Factory. (MV)

2. “Yours Is No Disgrace”/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Yes[/lastfm] (9:36)

In which Yes puts the rock in prog rock as effectively as they ever did on anything this side of “Roundabout.” From The Yes Album, which contains another epic running nine minutes plus, “Starship Trooper.”

1. “The Ikon”/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Todd Rundgren’s Utopia[/lastfm] (30:22)

Jazz fusion, spaced out country, Koln Concert piano improvisations, pure prog throughout…all in one 30-minute “song!” (MV)

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