Some of the longest songs in rock history

Oasis Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher

This week in 1998, Oasis scored a number one in the UK with ‘All Around The World’.

Released on 12th January, the song holds the record for the longest running time for a UK number one, with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds.

We thought we’d take a look at some of the longest songs in history. 

LED ZEPPELIN – IN MY TIME OF DYING – 11 MINS 6 SECONDS

Released in 1975, the song featured on the band’s 6th album, ‘Physical Graffiti’. Based on a traditional Gospel song, ‘In My Time Of Dying’ has also been performed by the likes of Bob Dylan and John Sebastian.

THE DOORS – THE END – 11 MINS 43 SECONDS

First released in January 1967, ‘The End’ is the closing song to the band’s legendary self-titled album. 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – SISTER RAY – 17 MINS 27 SECONDS

Recorded in one take, Sister Ray was released in 1968 and has since been covered by Joy Division and New Order.

PINK FLOYD – SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND – 26 MINS 1 SECOND

Taken from the album ‘Wish You Were Here’ released in 1975, the nine-part epic is a tribute to former member Syd Barrett.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD - FREE BIRD - 9 MINS 8 SECONDS

The legendary rock band's power ballad first featured on the band's self titled debut album in 1973. Unsurprisingly it's the band's longest song, and has gone down in rock history.

INSPIRAL CARPETS - PLANE CRASH - 16 MINS 37 SECONDS

Recorded live in one take at Bury's Square One studios in 1988, the Inspirals told the engineer to set the 2 inch multi-track tape machine to '30 inches per second' (the highest quality for professional recording), knowing the tape would run out around 17 minutes. 

Clint said: "During the recording, a group of students were having a guided tour of the studio, walking around the room the band were recording in. At 10 mins 12 seconds, singer Tom can be heard saying 'we've done 10 minutes!'. At 16 mins 32 seconds, the tape runs out rather unceremoniously!" 

OASIS – D’YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? – 7 MINS 21 SECONDS

Written by Noel Gallagher and the first single to be released from the band’s third album ‘Be Here Now’, the record was the band’s third number one in the UK Official Chart. 

THE BEATLES – HEY JUDE – 7 MINS 11 SECONDS

At the time of release, ‘Hey Jude’ was the longest single to ever top the UK charts. One of the band’s most well-loved songs, the record has sold approximately 8 million copies. 

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