Saturday, October 09, 2021

Andy 60s Music - Long Songs Of Long Ago - Ballads.

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.

El Paso - A ballad by Marty Robbins.
YouTube video - V.A. HOSS

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

Richard Harris - McArthur Park
YouTube by gb

Don McClean's, American Pie was featured in 
Disney's Black Widow starring Scarlet Johannsson.
Image Credit - Marvel Studios.

Connect to American Pie stories

'''Contributed by suituapui.

Images Google.


Anonymous said...

That's cool 60's Music <3

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Charlie Yap Locomotion
James Kwok
Tom Tom
Foo Jong Fook
Alphonso Soosay
Steve Bala Sirén
Jimmy Appudurai-chua
Francis Anthony Rozells
Yip Dick
Davy Chan
Stephen Han
Ho Victor


This song is around 9 minutes long.

[reference to AMERICAN PIE]


These artistes are my favourite singers.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Surely Stephen and Anthony.
The songs are many minutes long.
AMERICAN PIE by DON McLEAN is featured in current Avengers movie, BLACK WIDOW.


suituapui said...

Don't cry for me, Argentina is very long too! And The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel, both over 5 minutes.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks for the tip.
Yes, I guess they are too.
Will add them to the posted list.