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Best Songs Over 6 Minutes Long

If you’re looking for longer songs that will keep you engaged the entire time, these tracks come highly recommended by fellow music fans.

One detail about music that doesn’t always get enough attention is the length of songs. Ranging anywhere from one second to over 138 hours long, music can take us on a succinct ride or an epic journey that expands and shifts as a song progresses.

With many songs in the three to five minute range, Discogs decided to ask social media fans about their favorite songs that are six minutes or longer. Thousands of responses on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram poured in. The comments with the most “likes” from other music fans were recorded and the list of best songs over six minutes was created. For the sake of a more dynamic list, popular artists that showed up on the list more than once were limited to one spot each.

No 138-hour long compositions made the cut, but if you’re looking for compelling songs that run somewhere between six and 63 minutes, check out the list of best long songs below.

by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

Clocking in at over 23 minutes long, “Echoes” is such a favorite among Pink Floyd fans that the band decided to name their “Best Of” collection after the song. As the sole track on the B side of 1971’s Meddle, “Echoes” began as a series of studio experiments. It ultimately became a prog rock triumph that bridged the gap between their early psychedelic material and their commercially successful ’70s output.

by Nina Simone

Pastel Blues
Nina Simone
Jazz, Funk / Soul
Vinyl, Album, Reissue, 180 gram

Nina Simone was not the first artist to record a cover of “Sinnerman,” but her 10-minute version of the song from 1965 is one of the most famous. The lyrics come from the traditional African American spiritual, but the arrangement is all Simone’s. The pace and the passion of this interpretation make the song feel brief, even with its long runtime.

“Maggot Brain”
by Funkadelic

Maggot Brain
Rock, Funk / Soul
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

The 10-minute title track from the acclaimed album Maggot Brain continues to be praised as one of the best guitar songs ever recorded. Eddie Hazel’s unforgettable guitar work on the track has earned him recognition as one of the all-time greatest guitarists. According to George Clinton, he told Eddie Hazel to imagine what it would feel like if his mother just died as he performed in the studio. The end result was an emotional guitar solo that sounds like no other.

by Sleep

Doom Metal
2 x Vinyl, Album, Reissue, Remastered

When Sleep finally shared their third album with London Records, the label refused to release the record. The finished album featured a track that was 63 minutes long and Sleep would not agree to cutting the song into smaller pieces. Years later, the album was finally released and the hour-long song became known as a crowning achievement in the world of doom metal.

by Rush

Prog Rock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

Side one of Rush’s much-beloved 2112 is a song of the same name that spans 20 minutes and includes seven different movements. Each section builds around a science fiction narrative inspired by Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem. From the opening sci-fi keyboard sounds to ending with a hard rock instrumental, this long song helped shed light on Rush’s various talents and establish them as some of prog rock’s most skilled instrumentalists.

by Kraftwerk

Electronic, Krautrock
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

The heavily edited version of this song became an international hit, but the album version is over 22 minutes long. The full version was written to capture the feeling of driving along an expressway with the “sounds of cars singing.” Even though the autobahn is known for cars traveling at high speeds, the song feels more like a leisurely ride with the occasional car speeding by.

“Close To The Edge”
by Yes

Close To The Edge
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

Much like the Rush song featured here, this title track takes up the whole A side of an album and consists of four movements spanning over 18 minutes. The lyrics were inspired by the Hindu/Buddhist mysticism found in Herman Hesse’s classic novel Siddhartha and the music incorporates everything from field recordings of wind chimes and birds to complex organ arrangements.

by Can

Tago Mago
Krautrock, Experimental
Vinyl, Album, Reissue

Over the course of 18 and a half minutes, Can uses infectious rhythms and improvised guitars and keyboards in such an impactful way that “Halleluwah” is often cited as one of the band’s greatest sonic achievements. The song’s famous drum beat, use of tape editing, and free-flowing vocals courtesy of Damo Suzuki have gone on to inspire everything from hip-hop to post-punk.

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