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Epics are the best kind of song in rock. In my opinion there are two kinds of "epics". First those long, classic songs full of great and complex instrumentation, but also those songs that are not necessarily long or complex, but that are full of feelings and a great atmosphere... those songs that takes you to "places". Both kinds of epics are awesome (and a song can fit in both categories). Here are some of my favorites and why I consider them as such.
The Four Horsemen - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KCbqhJt16k
666 is a journey through the Book of Revelations and The Four Horsemen is easily the best moment on this journey, Demis Roussos haunting voice and one of the best psychedelic guitar solos create a unique experience.
Other awesome epics by the band: All the Seats Were Occupied
I Want You (She's So Heavy) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCHv1QTt5RE
Starting as a normal (but heavier) Beatles song, I Want You is something unique in their catalogue, the riff starts getting heavier, the atmospheres becomes more dense and dark and when you are already immersed in the distorded world that the riff creates, the song abruptly e.
Other awesome epics by the band: Revolution 9, Hey Jude
Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BY3l-8z0eHc
An excellent bluesy intro then turns into a classic riff-paced Sabbath song, but what makes it such an special song is its solo: "The Straightener", a great bassline, a shredding guitar in one of Iommi's best solos and the most epic rythm ever made in a mellotron create a psychedelic atmosphere that you can't believe came out from the mind of the parents of metal.
Megalomania - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3lnrP4oW3g
By far one of the band's best songs, arguably their best lyrical work during the Ozzy-era and one of Ozzy's best vocal works. All together, every member of the band plays in a way that they really manage to transmit how it is to be in the mind of a mad, megalomaniac man.
Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUjUIP2ugG4
A journey through everything that's good and bad, that's right and wrong, through the light and the dark, Heaven and Hell's t/t is as good as any song from the Ozzy-era and one of the finest works by the band. The best lyrics that Dio ever wrote, the best bassline Geezer played in years and Iommi's style going from calm, relaxing solos to some of his heaviest. A truly epic song.
Other awesome epics by the band: War Pigs, Hand of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots, Into the Void, Under the Sun/Every Day Comes and Goes, Dirty Women, The Sign of the Southern Cross, Over and Over, Born Again, God is Dead?, Dear Father
Old Man - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2OFpk6gnwI
An excellent ballad, some sweet vocals and instrumentation, as the song progresses the instruments start to appear, then, slowly, without any advice the song turns into one of the most blatant plagiarisms ever... and hell it sounds cool.
Other awesome epics by the band: Sacrifice
|7||Blue Oyster Cult|
Astronomy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xXEtO3bEe0
In around 6 minutes, Astronomy goes from Hard Rock to Pop, to Prog, to Psychedelic. Bloom does an incredible work in the vocals and so does Buck Dharma on the guitar. In the end, at the climax of the song both do an excellent combination.
Other awesome epics by the band: Astronomy (Imaginos), Blue Öyster Cult
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Parents - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHPCtgmtS68
An awesome riff creates the intro for a beatiful ballad; Budgie are used to riff like gods but in this one is only about the feelings. Great drums and bass, a beautiful guitar and some heart-breaking vocals and lyrics. A masterpiece.
In for the Kill!
Zoom Club - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG7e3-jm3UU
This is all about Tony Bourge's terrific guitar work, seriously.
Other awesome epics by the band: Breadfan, You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk, Napoleon Bona-Part One/Napoleon Bona-Part Two, Hammer and Tongs
Never Let Go - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPAhdLJonJA
What a song!, it deserves being recognized as one of the band's best songs. A catchy bass and an awesome acoustic guitar. Bardens does a great work in the keys and provides the sweetest vocals in any song by Camel. Never Let Go closes with one of the best solos Latimer has ever done.
Lunar Sea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAgE5L3tPhM
One of the best instrumentals ever, in Lunar Sea both, Bardens and Latimer show that they are among the best musicians in prog, it may see as if they were in some kind of competition during this song, both giving their best, but at the same time it seems like the keys and the guitar blend together in one beautiful harmony.
Other awesome epics by the band: Arubaluba, Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider, Lady Fantasy
In the Land of Grey and Pink
Nine Feet Underground - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1cAZbw_gbY
For some, Nine Feet Underground drags for too long, for me, it is a band that manages to keep a great rythm for more than 20 minutes and specially a guitar that manages to change its style a lot of time, being awesome everytime.
Other awesome epics by the band: Winter Wine, Can't Be Long Now/Françoise/For Richard/Warlock
|13||Casualties of Cool|
Casualties of Cool
Moon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObVTQIXSxk
It is incredible how a song can transport you, Moon (and the whole album) takes you to the a beautiful journey through the darkest parts of space. Great vocals and a haunting sax... just, perfect.
Other awesome epics by the band: Forgive Me, The Bridge
Reflections - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ14YdL7z_o
Changes creates one of the most impressive psychedelic trips I've seen, and Reflections is the best part of it. Anna Meeks has a beautiful voice, and the instrumentaion is great, specially the sax. One of the most immersive psychedelic experiences I've heard.
Other awesome epics by the band: Pretty much all of the 8 songs the band did while they existed
The Herald - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlX1OUfds3Q
Comus is a weird band and First Utterance is a weird album, it sounds like the most beautiful and well-performed medieval satanic ritual you could imagine and it is a classic album. The Herald is different from the rest of the album, a ballad that creates again, a medieval atmosphere, but a peaceful one. Every instrument, plus the female vocals flow in a great harmony.
Other awesome epics by the band: Drip Drip
|16||Creedence Clearwater Revival|
I Heard it Through the Grapevine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93S_l0qZrXA
It is difficult for a Roots Band to create an epic, however what Fogerty does with his voice and specially with his guitar in this cover is astonishing.
Other awesome epics by the band: Effigy
Mountain Music Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78G7C6lBFFU
The best mix of 60's psychedelia and 70's hard rock, Culpeper's Orchard debut and specially the two parts of "Mountain Music" have some of the sweetest guitar solos you'll heard.
Other awesome epics by the band: Mountain Music Part 1, Gideon's Trap
"Heroes" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBuwC4VJi50
With the help of Fripp and Eno, Bowie creates one of hist best songs. The progression of the music, the passion in Bowie's voice and the excellent distortion of the guitar create a great atmosphere.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed/(Don't Sit Down), Station to Station
Child in Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfAWReBmxEs
What's to say about Child in time?, probably it is the best example of an "epic" song and it is arguably one of the best songs in the history of popular music. The lyrics, how the song goes from a psychedelic ballad to the heaviest heavy metal, the solo and those f*cking screams by Gillan.
Fools - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se8srYEdi2I
Fools is probably the opposite of Child in Time, the first part of the song and its closing moments are heavy, and catchy but it is the mid section, with that peaceful atmosphere created by Lord what makes it such a special song, something totally different from the sound of one of the heaviest bands of the 70's.
Other awesome epics by the band: Anthem, April, Mistreated
|21||Derek and the Dominos|
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Layla - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th3ycKQV_4k
Clapton's masterpiece, Layla has one of the best, most frenetic bluesy rythms ever made that without any advice turns into a sweet piano ballad on the second half of the song.
Other awesome epics by the band: Key to the Highway
Lightning to the Nations
Am I Evil? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMvSSLZPC9w
Awesome riff, awesome vocals by Harris (I don't know why some people think his vocals are annoying). Who wants some tapping?
Other awesome epics by the band: Helpless
The Last in Line
Egypt (The Chains are On) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHRCJmDXwMU
Just like he did in the past with Gates of Babylon, in "Egypt" we can find a great vocal performance in this middle-east themed song, plus a delicious guitar work by Vivian Campbell, one of the best guitarists of the 80's and some great atmospheric synthetizers.
Other awesome epics by the band: All the Fools Sailed Away
Love Over Gold
Telegraph Road - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd3btVhwr48
Knopfler's classic fingerstyle playing is why some songs by Dire Straits have the sweetest rythms ever, the first half of Telegraph Road sounds like the "calm before the storm" with some sweet vocals and lyrics, then the storm comes in form of one of the best solos I've heard, seriously, Telegraph Road has one of the best guitar works I've ever seen.
Other awesome epics by the band: Tunnel of Love, It Never Rains
When the Music's Over - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkKRU1ajKFA
Probably their best song, there are many climaxes in this one. One of the best performances by Morrison, at some points with epic screams and at other with a beautiful, subtle voice; Krieger also does an incredible, heavy work with his guitar and Manzarek does the same on the synths.
Riders on the Storm - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DED812HKWyM
The effect of the rain and lightnings, Manzarek doing his best work emulating the rain too on the keys, and some of the sweetest subtle works both Morrison and Krieger did. Riders on the Storm is one of the best psychedelic ballads ever.
Other awesome epics by the band: The End
Hotel California - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0G1Ucw5HDg
Hotel California is an extremly inconcistent album that at some points is pretty boring but the opener, its t/t is one of the best songs to ever came out of the USA and deserve all the praise it gets. All of the members of the band create a beautiful harmony with the acoustic guitars and some sweet vocals that in the end converge in one of the most classic solos in rock.
Other awesome epics by the band: The Last Resort (is not THAT awesome, but I couldn't think of any other epic by them)
Birth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5srV5FdXrZM
One of my favorite instrumental songs ever, Birth features a great, almost perfect guitar and organ work, but what makes it so cool is by far the flute. If you don't think the flute is a cool instrument then you haven't seen how van Leer plays it
Other awesome epics by the band: Hamburger Concerto, Eruption, Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers!, Anonymus II
Selling England by the Pound
Firth of Fifth - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD5engyVXe0
Banks does a superb work with that piano and as always, Gabriel's voice is sweet as hell and he creates a short but extremly beautiful flute solo, but what makes of Firth of Fifth the best song Genesis ever did is Hackett's solo... I love how u can hear how the guitar "sings" and "cries", one of the most emotional, epic solos I've heard.
Other awesome epics by the band: Dancing with the Moonlight Knight, The Cinema Show, The Lamia, The Colony of Slippermen, In the Cage, Supper's Ready
|30||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Sleep - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcE4_7-X78
Pretty much every song in GY!BE first albums and in their Slow Riot EP can be considered a classic epic and their albums can be considered as "one single, big as hell" epic song, however, if I had to pick one song by them that summarizes everything that good about them that would be Sleep. The progression of the guitars and the violins, how the drumming gets faster, the guitar turns into a distorded sound... at first it may sound like a chaos that drags for too long but when you listen to it on the right mood, you'll notice that Sleep, and GY!BE are as epic as music can be
Other awesome epics by the band: Everything on their first two albums and in Slow Riot
|31||Grand Funk Railroad|
E Pluribus Funk
Loneliness - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuRd9F1tXaM
Most songs by Grand Funk are just normal (but extremly well performed) hard rock from the 70's, however, they proved in their longer songs that they were among the best epic makers ever; Loneliness is the best example of that. Farner's voice is almost perfect, but with that "live" touch that adds even more emotion to his voices, the guitar is also perfect, the fast-paced drumming and bass lines are outstanding and the orchestra helps to give the song an even more "epic" sound. One of the best epics of the 70's on the same league as Child in Time.
Other awesome epics by the band: Creepin', The Railroad, I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)
|32||Guns N' Roses|
Use Your Illusion I
November Rain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbUC-UaAxE
Axl is a douche and his live voice has always been terrible but in the studio his voice sounds great, and even though saying that Slash is the best guitarist ever is pretty stupid, it is also true that he is extremly talented. November Rain is one of the most "mainstream" songs in here and as a GnR song it may get a lot of hate in Sputnik, however for me, it is undeniable that Axl voice sounds beautiful, that all the band play in great harmony to create a beautiful ballad and that Slash's guitar work is full of feelings.
Other awesome epics by the band: Coma, Estranded, Locomotive
Harmonium - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ_1TBjdPm0
A weird pick for a "favorite Harmonium epic" (since 90% of their songs are 5/5 epics), their eponymous song is a beautiful ballad, with a sweet acoustic guitar and a great bassline, as in any song by these guys the vocals are great too. What makes of this such a cool song and a great epic is the second half of the song... the choral harmonies, the sax it is one of the most beautiful moments in prog history for me.
Other awesome epics by the band: Depuis l'Automne, Histoire Sans Paroles, Comme un Fou, Chanson Noire, Le Premier Ciel, l'Exil, Le corridor/Les Premières Lumières, Lumières de Vie, Comme un Sage, Aujourd'hui, Je Dis Bonjour À La Vie, Vieilles Courroies, Un Musicien Parmi Tant d'Autres
Warrior on the Edge of Time
Assault and Battery (Part 1)/The Golden Void (Part 2) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UIYMxZRLf0
Catchy vocals, a great instrumentation, specially the bass by Lemmy (yes, THAT Lemmy), a great synth work and specially the flute in Assault and Battery and the sax in The Golden Void. Hawkwind created one of the best space rock songs ever.
Other awesome epics by the band: Magnu, You'd Better Believe it
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed be thy Name - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J51LPlP-s9o
One of the most classic epics in heavy metal, Hallowed be thy Name has everything that a Maiden song needs, a galloping bass, some excellent solos and probably Dickinson's best work, there's not a lot to say about this song, you all know that it rules.
Other awesome epics by the band: Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Alexander the Great, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Fear of the Dark, Dance of Death, Paschendale, Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
Alturas de Machu Picchu
La Poderosa Muerte - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AO8pY09h_Y
The piano, the flutes, the powerful drumming... everything in La Poderosa Muerte (The Mighty Death) is beautiful, one of the best epics in prog, the song takes to you to the Andes with some haunting vocals in a beautiful folk/psychedelic trip, the last 2:30 minutes are what I like to call an "ecstasy".
Other awesome epics by the band: Mira Niñita, Tarka y Ocarina: Diablada - Trote - Kotaiki, Corre que te Pillo, Arauco Tiene una Pena, El Gavilan
Ritual De Lo Habitual
Three Days - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmvG2GZ3S7o
An alt rock 90's epic, now that's something difficult to find, however, Three Days is an excellent example of one that's well done. Avery does an awesome work on the bass and goes from heavy riffing to psychedelic rythms with his guitar. The highest point in the song are Farrell's vocals, by far his best work.
Other awesome epics by the band: Then She Did..., Of Course, Ted Just Admit it...
My God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kmq9uM4Mq0
Some of the band's best lyrics and one of Anderson's best vocal performances (and probably his best flute solo), also a great piano from Evan and an excellent riffing guitar from Barre. One of the band's best songs.
Other awesome epics by the band: Aqualung, Thick as a Brick Part 1, Thick as a Brick Part 2, A Passion Play Part 1, A Passion Play Part 2
Sad Wings of Destiny
Victim of Changes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKSU1W0ZUmQ
While the bass and the drums are relative simple, the guitar work by Tipton and Downing is awesome but the highest point of the song are Halford's vocals, his best work (and the best song by the band) he reached some INSANE notes, low and high-pitched ones.
Other awesome epics by the band: Dreamer Deceiver, Beyond the Realms of Death
Starless - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHvD6h3-C0
No description needed, one of the best songs ever, you've all heard it before and you all know it is a classic.
Other awesome epics by the band: 21st Century Schizoid Man, Epitaph, In the Court of the Crimson King, Red, Fallen Angel, One More Red Nightmare, Larks' Tongues in Aspic pt 1, Larks' Tongues in Aspic pt 2
Achilles Last Stand - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6S9oqJRclo
Their best song, more than 10 minutes of an epic fast-paced drumming, a galloping bass and one of Page's best solos create a complex, impressive instrumentation, the lyrics and the vocals by Plant are also incredible and among their best. One hell of a song.
Other awesome epics by the band: Stairway to Haven, No Quarter, Kashmir, In My Time of Dying, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed and Confused, Tea For One
Spanish Galleon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAWi-CYSuf8
Everything in Spanish Galleon is perfect, an epic mix of prog, funk, jazz and hard rock. The guitars are awesome, the vocals are great and catchy, the sax is insane and the closing keys are superb. The song goes from catchy atmospheres to a calm jazz-fusion solo and then goes back to a party style without losing cohesiveness. Perfect song.
Other awesome epics by the band: Sorrow
Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Free Bird - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np0solnL1XY
Another classic song that may be victim of its own popularity. Even though Lynyrd Skynyrd represents everything I hate from the USA the song is beautiful and the solo is perfect... more than perfect. Period.
Other awesome epics by the band: Tuesday's Gone, Simple Man
Ride the Lightning
Fade to Black - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E
One of Hetfield's best vocals works (it is not like he has many "good" vocal works, but still) and one of the band's best solos, it is incredible that Metallica managed to create such a popular and way more softer song and still managing to be the kings of thrash (until Load happened)
Other awesome epics by the band: One, ...And Justice for All
Tubular Bells, Part One - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LFCG7kOsxE
That Excorcist intro that you can't get out of your head flows into a song that varies between heavy and softer moments and that finds its climax in the final minutes with every instrument bein announced individually; one of the best climaxes in a song, ever.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Tubular Bells Part Two, Ommadawn Part One, Ommadawn Part Two, Hergest Ridge Part One, Hergest Ridge Part Two, Crises
|46||The Moody Blues|
Days of Future Passed
THE NIGHT: Nights in White Satin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAjGdmFKf8E
Hayward's vocals are extremly beautiful in here, heart-breaking, the instrumentation is beautiful, the orchestra is gorgeous and the poem add even more emotion to the song. The first prog ballad ever is also one of the best.
Other awesome epics by the band: Om, Legend of a Mind, THE AFTERNOON: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)
Hair of the Dog
Please Don't Judas Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvyc-CiLZxQ
One of the best psychedelic songs ever comes from a heavy metal band. Please Don't Judas Me is like a 10 minutes version of Planet Caravan with some great, haunting vocals, an excellent acoustic guitar, an awesome distorded electric guitar and one of the best percussions in a psychedelic song.
Other awesome epics by the band: No Mean City (Parts 1& 2)
Sinnerman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH3Fx41Jpl4
Nina took some epic lyrics about sin and forgiveness and created a 10 minute version that is now a classic. A soft but fast-paced instrumentation and cool backing vocals are a great background for an epic vocal performance. Nina wasn't an excellent singer but she sure did know how to transmit feelings, Sinnerman is the biggest example of that.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Wild is the Wind
Wish You Were Here
Shine on you Crazy Diamond Parts I-V - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTLraasztRE
How to describe what seems to be the best song by Pink Floyd? Everything in here is about the feelings, beautiful lyrics and every member trying (and achieving) to transmit their feelings towards Syd. There isn't a lot to be described in here, you just need to feel it by listening to it
Echoes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmADpBu_ZCA
A complex, psychedelic journey right here, Echoes is one of the band's darkest and most epic songs. The great vocals and the perfect way in which every member of the band play their instruments is impressive will take you to a beautiful world. Close your eyes and start listening to it and without noticing it you'll be in a different place, a dark but beautiful place.
The Division Bell
High Hopes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jMlFXouPk8
Even now that The Endless River exists, I still like to think of High Hopes as PF's last song, a perfect one, on the same level as any song from their classic era. Beautiful lyrics that makes us remember the better years of the band, when every member collaborated into the music. An acoustic guitar and a beautiful piano, along with one of Gilmour's best vocal work will lead us to one of the band's best and most meaningul solos. The perfect way to end a legacy.
Other awesome epics by the band: Time, Money, Us and Them, Sheep, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Dogs, Shine on you Crazy Diamond Parts VI-X, Comfortably Numb, The Gunner's Dream, Sorrow, Keep Talking, Louder Than Words, A Saucerful of Secrets
The Sky Moves Sideways
The Sky Moves Sideways (Part One) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=590BYwVuC_E
In here we can find an excellent blend of 70's prog and 90's electronic elements, both styles flow extremly well together, creating a song that has many climaxes on it, specially the flute part around 12:50. Porcupine's Tree best song and an excellent epic.
Other awesome epics by the band: Anesthetize, Russia on Ice, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, Moonloop, The Sky Moves Sideways (Part Two)
|53||Premiata Forneria Marconi|
Per un amico
Appena Un Pò - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oekZP4wr2Y
As I said before, many epics will take you to different places, in this case, Appena un Po takes us to the mediterrean. How well the italian band manages to play acoustic instruments in a way that they transmit that "warm" mediterrean atmosphere is astonishing but the heavy electric guitar or the beautiful synths manage to be part of the song without destroying its atmosphere is even more impressive.
Other awesome epics by the band: Grazzie Davvero, Il Banchetto, La Terra Dell'Acqua, Il Sogno di Leonardo, Visioni di Archimede
A Night at the Opera
The Prophet's Song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZjjsrn9FY4
A truly epic song, Queen were known for their choral harmonies but the way they do it in here, plus the way the instruments sound like if they were playing orchestral arrangements is just out of this world. One of their most underrated songs, deserves as much love as Bohemian Rhapsody.
Innuendo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2N0TkfrQhY
Lyrically and musically speaking, this has to be their best work. You can feel the emotion in Mercury's voice demanding for answers to God, the flamenco solo by Steve Howe is insane and May and Dalton play as heavy as in the old days of the band. Queen's pinnacle.
Other awesome epics by the band: Who Wants to Live Forever, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Show Must Go On, The March of the Black Queen, Father to Son
Tarot Woman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5m6fSlaXhY
Blackmore and Dio knew how to create an epic and that exactly that they did during the second half of the 70's. Tarot Woman has arguably the best synth work I've heard, an extremly atmospheric one, epic drumming by powell, a great solo and one of Dio's finest (and catchiest) vocal works.
Stargazer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vorz-CGgKPI
The archetype of an epic. The lyrics, the riff, the drumming, the bassline, the solo, the vocals, everything in here will take you to a world of magic (duh, it's Dio we are talking, remember?) Just like Child in Time, one of the best songs ever. The orchestral arrangements are the most epics I've heard in a song.
Other awesome epics by the band: Gates of Babylon, A Light in the Black, Catch the Rainbow, Rainbow Eyes, Eyes of the World
Ashes Are Burning
Ashes are Burning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbBOS7HosaY
Annie Haslam is the best female vocalist ever, her voice is just perfect and she proves it in Ashes are Burning's t/t. We can also listen to a powerful bassline and piano in here that flow extremly well with Haslam's voice. The solo by Wishbone Ash's mastermind, Andy Powell is also one of the best ever.
Turn of the Cards
Mother Russia - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I39oV-xaVxY
"Red blood, white snow, he knows frozen rivers won't flow, so cold, so true, Mother Russia he cries for you". Mother Russia is a beautiful tribute to Solzhenitsyn with some gorgeous lyrics and orchestral arrangements that will take you straight to the cold of the communist USSR. P.S: Haslam's voice is also perfect in this one.
Other awesome epics by the band: A Trip to the Fair, Can you Understand?, Song of Scheherazade
La Villa Strangiato (An Excercise in Self-Indulgence) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNilsLf6eW4
Probably the popular example of an instrumental epic. La Villa Strangiato is extremly well performed, the bass, the guitar and the drums, all of them play together in a complex yet very harmonious way.
Other awesome epics by the band: 2112, Xanadu, Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage, Cygnus X-1 Book II: Hemispheres, Natural Science, The Camera Eye
Fly to the Rainbow
Fly to the Rainbow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGDefpjTqFY
The acoustic guitar solo, the awesome fast-paced drumming, the epic guitar riff in the closing minutes, the beautiful poem... Scorpions was a totally different band back when Uli Jon Roth was with them. One of the best psychedelic epics ever, and one of the best songs in rock.
Love At First Sting
Still Loving You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqCKvUSik-I
At first, Still Loving You is just another cheesy, but classic, 80's ballad but that's not how I feel about it, Every time I listen to the lyrics instead of a man and a woman I see East and West Germany back in the cold war, like one of the greatest analogies ever, it sounds like a beautiful peace anthem begging for a reunification. The way that every member plays, the vocals, etc... you can feel what they're feeling.
Other awesome epics by the band: Lonesome Crow, Holiday, Drifting Sun, We'll Burn the Sky, Born to Touch your Feelings
Svefn-g-Englar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCy0ShLbArE
You don't need a complex instrumentation to create an epic. The calm, the vocals, the instruments, everything plays in a wonderful way in here, a relaxing song that takes you to a warmer, better place.
Other awesome epics by the band: Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása, Olsen Olsen, Álafoss, Dauðalagið
Voyage of the Acolyte
Shadow of the Hierophant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0axZ_7Z8xYE
Along with Firth of Fift this has to be Hackett's best work, the gorgeous vocals by Sally Oldfield, the beautiful chords of the guitar and that epic climax with the synthetizer. Shadow of the Hierophant is another excellent example of how epics should be.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Star of Sirius, Tigermoth
The Raven That Refused to Sing
Luminol - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w8SY_9yO8k
Some people see him as just a copycat of 70's prog but for me Luminol is an excellent tribute of a classic 70's prog epic. Everything is well-polished, every instrument is well executed. An awesome song.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Drive Home, The Holy Drinker
Hero and Heroine
Autumn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJaGE4GSCfQ
Starting with a dark atmosphere, with a great bass and a cool synthetizer, Autumn then becomes and excellent acoustic ballad and ends up being a gorgeous pop-rock song. It is incredible to see how the style of the song varies and how it manages to keep its quality in every moment.
Other awesome epics by the band: Tears and Pavan
Crime of the Century
Crime of the Century - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8ayVD6sZXk
Crime of the Century's t/t is the prove that Supertramp can be as serious as the most typical prog band, full of feelings and extremly well executed instruments; Crime of the Century only lasts for 5:30 minutes but it is a better example of an epic than 90% of the songs out there. The best climax for one of the best albums in prog.
Crisis? What Crisis?
Another Man's Woman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUPwN0MtY1Y
Another Man's Woman starts as a normal Supertramp song, catchy and pretty good, but nothing that "epic" on it, however in the mid section appears an excellent jazzy piano solo that converges in a great climax in the last part of the song and that's better than many other songs that are "full" epics.
Even In the Quietest Moments
Fool's Overture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLbYL10c1zo
Fool's Overture is divided in many sections: Pianos, speeches, etc, there isn that much of a "connection" between ever part of the song but still flows extremly well. Hodgson's high-pitched voice transmit some beautiful notes in here and that short (very short) but so beautiful sax solo is an excellent climax. Another great epic by the fools of prog.
Other awesome epics by the band: Child of Vision, Hide in Your Shell, Rudy, Asylum
It'll All Work Out in Boomland
Morning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ecvjVbevTU
Morning lasts for more than 20 minutes, but it doesn't drags, it manages to change its style many time, from vocal parts to others that are more instrumental oriented. That climax around 13:25 is just soooo good.
Other awesome epics by the band: In Circles, No More White Horses
Abre la Puerta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znLFgtkrGzU
A beautiful mix of flamengo and progressive rock. The acoustic guitar is insane, those spanish touches here and there create an excellent vibe and that incredible guitar solo at the end is just AWESOME
Other awesome epics by the band: Sé de un Lugar
Love to Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIBhwWbviFw
A great power ballad, awesome vocals and great, heavy instrumentation. The solo at the end is short but so powerful, specially with the orchestra in the background.
Other awesome epics by the band: Rock Bottom
Salisbury - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQBSeclvMV8
The orchestra, Box's guitar, the bass, the organ, and of course, Byron's vocals. Salisbury is another song that should be in the olympus of "epics" the song is full of incredible moments that can't be described, you must listen to them.
Demons and Wizards
Why - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kscXG8ro6hQ
BEST BASS EVER.
Other awesome epics by the band: July Morning, Gypsy, Pilgrim, The Magician's Birthday, Paradise/The Spell, Circle of Hands.
|75||Van der Graaf Generator|
Arrow - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_o5tMza1og
That twisted instrumentation, the weird but awesome sound of the sax and Peter Hamill's vocals. This is what madness sounds like.
Other awesome epics by the band: The Undercover Man, The Sleepwalkers, A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Conquest of Paradise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYeDsa4Tw0c
Probably one of the most epic film songs ever, Vangelis manages to create one of the most epic anthems in film history with those choral and orchestral arrangements.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Titles (From Chariots of Fire), Rêve, Flamant Roses
I Spider - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbW27cjk4ek
Just like Van der Graaf Generator, The Web manages to create a world of madness and dellusion with their songs. i spider's t/t is the perfect example: How those detuned vocals play along with the simple guitar chords is just amazing
Other awesome epics by the band: Concerto for Bedsprings
Love Reign O'er Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbAtWpoA6k
The beautiful piano intro, those synthetizers, the excellent drumming and guitar work and Daltrey's best vocal work ever make of this an excellent song. Roger's voice in here is tear-jerking, sometimes detuned, but that only adds more passion to the vibe.
Other awesome epics by the band: Won't Get Fooled Again, Who Are You, Doctor Jimmy
Close to the Edge
Close to the Edge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51oPKLSuyQY
The intro, Anderson's screams everything is awesome in here. One of the classic songs in the history of prog, Close to the Edge is a very polished, very well performed prog epic and one of the greatest instrumentally speaking.
Machine Messiah - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHFbzaf8FX8
Probably my favorite song by Yes even if it wasn't realeased with their classic line-up. I love the heavy riff and how the synth gets in the middle of it (one of my favorite moments in music). Horn and Downes aren't Anderson and Wakeman but, at least in this song, they sound just as good as them.
Other awesome epics by the band: Starship Trooper, Roundabout, Siberian Khatru, Into the Lens, Turn of the Century, The Gates of Delirium, Sound Chaser, To Be Over
Boris and His 3 Verses Including Flow Guides Aren't My Bag - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX6iewSNq2E
In the 70's there were many, many, MANY, Yes wannabes but Yezda Urfa were probably the only ones that managed to keep the same quality of Yes, at least on Boris. The album opener has some great vocals, like Jon Anderson but with a female voice (even though Rick Rodenbaugh is a man) and some of the best synth work I've seen during the whole song.
Other awesome epics by the band: 3 Almost 4 6 Yea, Tuta In The Moya & Tyreczimmage
Ishoku-Sokuhatsu - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyZj8jjZVb0
This band is a mix of Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Deep Purple, which means they're awesome. The t/t of Ishoku-Sokuhatsu is their best song, a mix of heavy psychedelia and a prog atmosphere with some excellent moments and of course: IN JAPANESE.
Other awesome epics by the band: Omatsuri
Maggot Brain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOKn33-q4Ao
Maggot Brain is just a solo, an 11 minutes solo, full of emotion and extremly well performed. Eddie Hazel and his guitar, creating a beautiful composition. This one isn't a funk song, but it isn't prog or psychedelic either. Maggot Brain deserves a category on its own.
Other awesome epics by the band: Wars of Armageddon
|84||The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
*Voodoo Chile - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC8M-0n8ozo
Not a single second was boring when Jimi was in the guitar, that means that this songs that lasts for more than 14 minutes is perfect, every note played on that guitar is just top-notch psychedelic rock.
Other awesome epics by the band: Moon Turn The Tides... Gently Gently Away, 3rd Stone From the Sun
*Couldn't find a video of the 14 min studio version, so the link is for Slight Return
|85||Emerson, Lake and Palmer|
Trilogy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt-sfNULEzE
I'm not a big fan of ELP, too much wankery, however in Trilogy's t/t they just sound perfect, some sweet vocals and one of the best works by Emerson.
Other awesome epics by the band: Tarkus
In the Shadow of Our Great Companion - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZZUgfMuCo
I really don't like death growls, but Agalloch does it in an excellent way. The Mantle is an album that takes to to a colder place with its beautiful acoustic harmonies and vocals. In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion is probably (among all of the great epics in the album) the one that represents the most the sound of the band.
Other awesome epics by the band: Odal, You were But a Ghost in My Arms, The Hawthorne Passage
|87||Jean Michel Jarre|
Oxygène Part II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q00HQwO2Sg
As one of the founders of electronic music, Jarre's magnus opus creates a beautiful and relaxing, spacey atmosphere. A true visionary and one of the masters of the synthetizers, the second part of Oxygene is the one that better represents his work
Other awesome epics by the artist: Oxygène Part I, Oxygène Part V, Équinoxe Part 7
Dream, After Dream
Destiny - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEDmE5DbXA8
For those who don't remember, Journey used to be a prog band before Perry joined to them but they were just "decent" however, when Perry was already among them, they went back to their roots just for one time, and they did a great work. In Destiny we can see Perry at his best, with some great ambiental synthetizers a nice rythmic guitar and an awesome bassline in the second half of the song
Other awesome epics by the band: Sandcastles
Magnus Opus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dumOc5V_PcE
Kansas is a pretty good pop-prog band and Leftoverture was an awesome album. In Mangnus Opus we can see a more mature Kansas, with some heavy synthetizers and heavy riffing, the song takes influences from Yes and ELP and the result is great.
Other awesome epics by the band: Hopelessly Human
10,000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte
Fuga Para o Espaço - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2N9RzDJ87w
A beautiful piano, some great synthetizers and beautiful vocals in portuguese, what Jose Cid does in this song is at the same level as any big prog band.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Mellotron o Planeta Fantástico
The Inner Mounting Flame
Meeting of the Spirits - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQG7XpCiSVA
A heavy guitar and a heavy violin dominate the first half of the song, some impressive guitar playing right there, on the second half an organ joins to the party in a more calmed way but still maintaining the heavy atmosphere of this distorded jazz-fusion masterpiece.
Other awesome epics by the band: The Dance of Maya, One Word
The Gumbo Variations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isa0GlhRZYY
The first half of the song features an insane sax solo while the second one sound like a battle between the guitar and the violin, Zappa is an excellent composer he makes the instruments sound like if they were fightining and dancing.
Other awesome epics by the artist: Willie the Pimp, Stink Foot, Packard Goose
New Grass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuYNidNgQic
Hollis voice sounds so sweet on this one, and the rythm of the guitar is so beautiful and calmed, there's also that subtle piano that helps to create an even more immersive atmosphere. The best song of the album.
Other awesome epics by the band: After the Flood, Eden
In a Glass House
In a Glass House - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgUpLcnLkxs
I'm not a big fan of Gentle Giant but In a Glass House's t/t is great, a great guitar, some awesome detuned vocals and the awesome acoustic rythm that leads on the first half of the song. P.S: That weird, sorpresive ending rules.
Other awesome epics by the band: Plain Truth
|95||Diablo Swing Orchestra|
Justice for Saint Mary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djFizDkSsEw
It is difficult to describe DSO's sound, it is a mix of medieval music, metal, swing and jazz, they sound extremly funny but in Justice for Saint Mary they create a beautiful acoustic ballad that in the end becomes an extremly heavy song. A weird, but great and fresh listen.
Other awesome epics by the band: I've only listened to this album, so I don't know to be honest
|96||Boards of Canada|
Everything You Do is a Balloon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQEmaj9C6ko
Seven minutes of an ambiental song, there isn't much to say about its sound since it is pretty simple, but it creates an awesome atmosphere, pretty relaxing.
Other awesome epics by the band: An Eagle in Your Mind
Torn Curtain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8sDZi_vhWo
Here we have a beautiful piece, the piano, the chorus and Verlaine's terrible vocals are filled with emotions. The solo is one of the best I've heard. Television went for something beyond Post-Punk.
Other awesome epics by the band: Marquee Moon
The Festival of Death - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r0uQxFFIAw
The Residents are among the most weird bands ever, you just can describe their sound. Fesitavl of Death takes you to some kind of weird ritual in the middle of the artctic and it will realy scare you while you are there.
Other awesome epics by the band: Part One Edweena, N-ER-GEE (Crisis Blues)
...Nothing Like the Sun
They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS_bN5ECJTI
Still does a beautiful work in this tribute to the victims of the dictatorships in Chile and Argentina, he tries to transmit the feelings of those who lost their families, and with some great lyrics and a gorgeous harmony, he did it.
Other awesome epics by the artist: When the Angels Fall
Still Got The Blues
Still Got the Blues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGUJCeI5LG8
A beautiful song, you can feel Moore's guitar "crying" in here. One of my favorites blues ballads even if it is a very popular one.
Other awesome epics by the artist: As the Years Go Passing By
|Always wanted to do this list and with the updated lists I decided to do it. In the end there are more |
"mainstream" songs than I excepted, but I still think it is a good mix of popular songs and some that are
more underground and also a good mix of old and new. Wanted to do just one song per band, but I couldn't
decide in some cases.
|yea like im reading this whole goddamn thing |
|Fucking brilliant list. So many track here that are amazing.|
Check out Can's song "Halleluhwah," It's one of my favorite so called epics. :P
|amazing list! so glad to see Red on here King Crimson rules|
|and Talk Talk rules hard|
|List is full of win, you impress me SirLord for a guy who has English as a second language. Bookmarked.|
|List is full of win, props for 11, objectively best song ever written. everything else is great too.|
|Haha thanks jethro I actually think my english sucks in this review tbh|
|At the contrary, your English is really readable and mistakes are hard to find, at least to me whos English is, all like you, not the first language.|
|no fand |
|great list man!|
|Stfu fripp u gotta love da list|
|needs to get featured no doubt|
|is the mantle the only agalloch you've heard?|
|its on there like 7 times now omg|
|@artuma: actually yeah, i been planning to check some of their other albums|
@ovdeath: dunno, lists just got updated, maybe there are some bugs
|This list is breaking the front page|
|what the heck's going on|
|Riding the train to NYC and listening to Station To Station now-epic . . . The minute I saw Crime Of The Century I thought Fool's Overure, but you got that one too--Great job. |
|Haha thanks Twig|
There's a few on here that I wouldn't really call 'epics' though but it all depends on one's definition of the word I guess.
|List has so much awesome on here.|
|nothing better than an epic closer to an album|
|Holy fuck what a list|
|Very well though list with great descriptions. No love for Mercyful Fate - Evil?|
|Evil? Maybe Melissa or Satan's Fall, but I'm not sure about Evil|
|amazing list dude but id include atom heart mother, i really love that song|
|awesome list, epics are where songwriting talent really shows|
|"Maybe Melissa or Satan's Fall, but I'm not sure about Evil"|
Ah correct. Was thinking about Satan's Fall. Also, A Change of Seasons is quite a glaring omission.
|I haven't heard A Change of Seasons yet tbh, but I could've added Learning to Live or Scene Nine|
|Then get to it dude! 48 is an excellent choice too, props.|
|List is long and has a mighty girth. Nice job.|
|AWWWWW YEAAAAAAAAH! Nicely done, but how is "Marquee Moon" the "other" Television epic? So much goods I love, but I'll have to check the one's I haven't heard.|
|dude listening to 48 and it's as jam as smashed strawberries in a jar|
|I've always prefered Torn Curtain, the solo and the piano are amazing|
48 is great dude, Nina's voice is awesome
|Your definition of "epics" might be a little loose but I'll fly with a list this good.|
|It's not like it's an objective term anyway haha|
|no haha but for me it has to both meet a certain length and have multiple parts in a somewhat unpredictable form. Something like Bohemian Rhapsody would still qualify. Like "Heaven and Hell" is awesome, but I wouldn't call it an epic even with the extended solo. |
|A great list containing many songs by bands I like and more that I definitely need to check out. I was actually surprised you had The Residents on here. Eskimo has to be one of the weirdest albums I've ever heard.|
|It is difficult as hell to get into their style, but once The Residents click on you, they're excellent|
|This is seriously one of the best lists EVER.|
|I'm kinda surprised no Dream Theater made it on here. Excellent list though regardless. I'm glad Deep Purple got some lovin'. I feel like a lot of people skip over them. |
|As I said, I should've included Scene Nine, but there can only be 100 songs haha. And yeah, Deep Purple need more love; such an influential band|
|neurosis - stones from the sky|
|"Epics are the best kind of song in rock"|
Robert Christgau doesn't believe you truly like rock music
|Robert Christgau does not even like prog he is too edgy|
|epic list, love to love is best power ballad ever (as long as its the version on strangers in the night)|
|Well the studio version has the orchestra, it adds a lot of emotion to the song, but the guitar is way more powerful on Strangers in the Night|
|Love to Love yeah one of my favorites. Both live and studio are amazing.|
|Awesome list indeed, I know the majority of these but some I have yet to hear. Here's a couple of random thoughts simply because I can't resist:|
- 3x Sabbath and NO WAR PIGS? Yes, I did see the honourable mentions, but that thing is too damn good even to be put in there.
- Couldn't agree more with everything you said from 8-12, terrific choices/songs.
- Very nice to see Fools next to Child in Time.
- As for Dio, Holy Diver seems to qualify as at least a semi-epic to me.
- It's always good to see Focus pop up here!
- Yeah, even among Genesis' many fantastic epics, Firth of Fifth is something special.
- Well said about GnR, they were a great hard rock band.
- Nothing from Space Ritual? Surely you've heard it?
- In a list of epics (by someone who listens to metal), Hallowed Be Thy Name is of course an absolute must. But I'm just going to pretend you meant to type, say, 'Powerslave', instead of The Final Frontier. Which is ok, but surely one of the weakest moments on its album...
- 38-40 are very much favourites of mine as well. Achilles rules, but I have never managed to like it quite as much as their strongest tracks up to and including PG, let alone call it Zep's best. But to each their own!
- Metallica have a great many thrashing epics, so the 'other' list seems a little shallow here compared to the others (especially since it lacks MoP and CREEPING DEATH), but Fade to Black might just be the best metal ballad ever, as far as I'm concerned.
- Some love for the Moody Blues is a good thing too.
- Really need to revisit Hair of the Dog, I remember that it rocked.
|- Can't go wrong with those for Floyd. A personal favourite of mine that you didn't include/mention would be Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun. The Pompeii version, especially.|
- Nothing from Up the Downstair for PT?
- The Prophet's Song is a more surprising one, always liked it. Your description for Innuendo is spot on. Mercury's performance is indeed amazing, though his vocals in The Show Must Go On truly hit me in a way that few songs can or have.
- Ah, Rainbow and Renaissance, more proof of a great taste and knowledge concerning relatively unpopular bands! The same goes for Roth-era Scorpions, really worth getting into (I have Jamie to thank for that I believe).
- Supertramp have made some great stuff, School is my personal favourite.
- Even with Uriah Heep's share of epic songs, Easy Livin' still gets me every time.
- Hackett, Strawbs, Van der Graaf, more (somewhat) overlooked prog goodness!
- I'm certainly an advocate of Drama, and Machine Messiah effectively explored new ground for Yes, but I really can't agree with it touching the heights that they reached in their prime. But I forgive you since your other choice is Close to the Edge ;)
- I'm not too big a fan of ELP either, but I think they sounded best of their first album. Trilogy is great too, though.
- I used to think the same about growls, but together with Opeth, Agalloch slowly gave me a bit of appreciation for them, indeed thanks to those pretty acoustic passages.
- Everything on Laughing Stock is a beauty, remains a truly unique record.
- As Jethro would say, Gentle Giant are definitely an acquired taste. Give them another chance! Very fittingly, I would say Acquiring the Taste is the album best listened to in order to dig them.
...end random thoughts. Been a long while.
|I want to make love to this EXCELLENT list. You deserve a feature..|
|it got one|
|Great to see My God on here. Certainly not the most obvious choice for a Tull epic.|
"Some of the band's best lyrics"
Have to disagree with you there as I think Anderson went on to write lyrics a lot better than the ones in that song, as great as they may be.
|Wow Nag, thanks for those comments, I really appreciate what you say dude!|
Jamie, maybe, I get why some may prefer the lyrics in Thick as a Brick or the lyrics in some of their folkier albums, but for me at least, My God's lyrics are awesome
|Damn lot of gems on there, nice job.|
|Nagrarok knows what's epic! Lucky you SirLord for his generous comments.|
|Yeah, his comments are always welcome in one of my lists/reviews. He told me which of these albums he hasn't jammed yet, and I told him to do it asap though ahaha|
|Yeah I have to get around some of your picks such as 7, 13, 23, 30, 31, 37, 63, 77, 83, 90, 95, 98, 97 and 98.|
|As I said to Nag, all of these are worth checking|
|came here looking for 50 and 68 nice list mate|
|Finally someone that appreciates 68|
|Oh wait, it's one of my fave Supertramp song ;)|
|The instrumental climax is awesome|
|city of caterpillar - a little change could go a long ways|
|Yeah MrSirLord, that's what's makes the song so enticing. Its first part is like you said, a normal Supertramp song, even nothing too special I'd say. But the fact that it's one of my fave says a lot on what I think of its second part.|
|Woah, nice list. |
|list needs sad eyed lady of the lowlands|
|Every list needs Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.|
|epic list is epic|
|Hotel California probably comes from that Jethro Tull song;|
|Indeed Jethro, they are very similar, but Hotel California is better overall I think. The instrumentation and the vocals fit better and of course there's that awesome solo|
|The solos in We Used To Know >>> the solo in Hotel California.|
|Pretty much everything about We Used to Know is better than Hotel California actually.|
Not even saying that just because I'm a huge Tull fan.
|Yeah ''We Used to Know'' is a great bluesy folk rock song. Not sure about which one is the best, both are great. However, Hotel California has a lot of radio play, which remove some of its value to me (I even got tired of it), and it owes a lot to the Tull's song. The original is the better, most of the time.|
|Yeah, the original Bach is way better than Bouree, right Jamie? XD|
|^ Oooh nice shot! But I guess Jamie is gonna disagree with you on this one... Bach was not enough jazzy ;)|
|I agree with you Friday, of course the original is better. Tull's Bouree is just a fantastic reinterpretation that can't really be compared to the original.|
|ya dodged the bullet hehe Tull is awesome, I don't know about We Used to Know v. Hotel California though. You can't copyright chord progressions which is really all it is. Same chords but not much else. |
|Both songs are excellent. Hotel California has the advantage/disadvantage of being a classic rock tune however|
|good to see talk talk, BOC, and sigur ros on here|
|sir lord, but no sir lord baltimore??|
|I listened to their debut once, it was pretty good but I don't think there was a single song that fits to what this list was about|
|i've made this just in case you wanted:|
superb list man
|96 is eternal|
|Great idea dead!|
|60 is definitely my favorite rock instrumental.|
|And easily their best song|
|Man, this is a brilliant list.|