When I first heard El Paso by Marty Robbins, and this was in the late 50's, I thought it was one of the longest songs I have listened to, because, comparatively, pop songs of yesteryear were only two to three minutes in duration, and another minute would be mighty trying. But checking the statistics today, I found it was only four and a half minutes, a fraction of the length of some songs today.
El Paso was a ballad [slow song, themes of love, loss, etc.], in this instance, a gunfighter's tale to tell but definitely a bit lengthy for me. Today, it's a different mouse tale. Imagine the longest song in the Guinness Book of Records called Devil Glitch to be 69 minutes in length. But even then, there are many songs that are longer, as current rock and rap lyrics can be.
Donna Summer's Love To Love You Baby, a 70's disco number is something else. With up to 10 million views, there's something special to it but then, it's just disco muse with the title repeated... Oh. Nearly 17 minutes.
The very short list below are songs I am familiar with and very much on the top 10 before. They are pretty lengthy for me.
If you know any 60's or 70's popular songs with more interesting vital statistics, just send in the details.
Songs From the 60s and 70s With Duration
1 Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan - [6 minutes, 9 seconds]
2 Hey Jude - Beatles - 7.11
3 McArthur Park - Richard Harris - 7.21
4 American Pie Don McClean - 8.37 [featured in 2021 movie, 'Black Widow']
5 El Paso - Marty Robbins - 4.38 [for comparison]
6 November Rain - Guns n Roses - 8.37
7 Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin - 8.03
8 Love To Love You Baby -Donna Summer - 16.53
9 Chariots Of Fire - 20.41 [instrumental]
10 The Boxer - Simon n Garfunkel [5.08]'''
11 Don't Cry For Me Argentina - Madonna [5.30]'''
10 Devil Glitch - Chris Butler - 69.00
'''Contributed by suituapui.