From Free Bird to Bohemian Rhapsody to Sweet Child of Mine; the classic rock genre has seen some of the most iconic hits ever made. These songs might have been longer than most, but they were still focused enough for the DJs to play on the radio repeatedly. In this article, we aim to explore some of the way too long rock songs (playtime over 10 minutes), that transcended the boundaries of traditional music:
“Child in Time” by Deep Purple
Featured on Deep Purple’s album Deep Purple in Rock, released in 1970, the song protests the Vietnam war. The song is widely regarded as an anthem in the heavy metal genre and was performed by the band multiple times during their concerts in the years 1970-73. The song has a playtime of 10 minutes and 22 seconds.
Ian Gillan of Deep Purple admitted that the song Child in Time was based on the song Bombay Calling by It’s a Beautiful Day. The song was covered by many artists in the coming years, including Yngwie Malmsteen and Liv Moon.