DJ Survey: What’s Your Favorite Long Song?

On the radio playing a long track can be a death sentence to your listenership, but there are still those tracks that are so great that they need to be played either way. This time we checked in with our DJs to ask them what their favorite long song is and got some terrific responses. A song had to be at least eight minutes long to be considered.




Jed Davis: “Stairway to Heaven”

Just kidding.  Shellac- “The End of Radio”.


Robby Red: The Velvet Underground- “Sister Ray”

The studio version of “Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground is seventeen and a half minutes long. When the Velvet Underground played it live they would make it last anywhere from twenty to forty minutes long. Runner Up: “Marquee Moon” by Television


Andrew: William Basinki- “d|p 1.1”

If I exclude things like full sided cassette rips, mixes, and anything that might be more then one song strung together I get rid of lots of favorites like Yard’s 37mx (1 hour 14 mins) which I guess is technically a mix.
But if I have to pick a favorite that is really just one song it is probably William Basinski’s d|p 1.1 from The Disintegration Loops. d|p 1.1 weighs in at 63 minutes and I have played it in its entirety on WCDB before. Basinski is playing at EMPAC in the fall.



Sleater-Kinney “Let’s Call It Love”
Built to Spill covering Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer”
Pink Floyd “Echoes Live at Pompeii”
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin “Reverse Shark Attack”
Shellac “Didn’t We Deserve a Look at the Way You Really Are”
Television “Marquee Moon”
Dinosaur Jr. “Alone”


Nick Meyers: Destroyer- “Bay of Pigs”


Metal Tony: Symphony X- “The Odyssey”

My favorite long song is “The Odyssey” by Symphony X. It’s 24 minutes telling the tale of Homer’s Odyssey. Symphony X has to be one of the most underrated progressive bands out there, and this song has to be one of the best in the genre. Honestly .  I listen to it at least three times a day .

Yazen La Dispute- “The Last Lost Continent”

My favorite long song is “The Last Lost Continent” by La Dispute. Jordan Dreyer has the strangest vocal delivery I’ve heard in years, but he puts so much emotion into each song that it doesn’t sound awful. The melodies played by the rest of the band in this song are some of the best I’ve heard by LD.


Cole: Bob Dylan- “Desolation Row”


Zsa Zsa Coutre: Funkadelic- “Maggot Brain”


The Wizard: Of Montreal- “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal”

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer has what’s probably my favorite in-album transition with “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” leading into “The Past is a Grotesque Animal”. I’ve always viewed the former as this terrifically happy song in an unhappy setting, hope for escaping depression, and that makes this track where Barnes attacks himself and his failed relationship for twelve minutes hurt even more. It’s devastating to listen to, but that’s why it’s amazing.

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