Long Songs Vs. Shorter Songs, What length of song do you prefer?
The Length Of A Song
Which Do You Prefer?
0:00 - 3:00 [ 3 ] ** [6.25%]
3:30 - 5:30 [ 23 ] ** [47.92%]
6:00 - 9:00 [ 11 ] ** [22.92%]
10:00 - 12:00 [ 7 ] ** [14.58%]
15:00 - 20:00 [ 2 ] ** [4.17%]
20:00 - 30:00 [ 1 ] ** [2.08%]
35:00 + [ 1 ] ** [2.08%]
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The Uncreator
Jul 7 2009, 01:52 AM
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the 0:00 is just include songs that are less than or just over a minute.

We all know the length of a song has ultimately nothing to do with its quality, But I think we all prefer a certain length of a song. So pick which ever one you think is best or two that include a length that I did have (For example, I piced 10:00 - 12:00 and 35:00 + )


I always liked those long epic songs like Opeth, Dream Theater, Epica, some Symphony X, and the Iron Maiden epics that hold your attention the whole time and just have such awesome diversity and musicality in them. They are perfect for those long drives too work ( I often drive 1 hour to 2.5 hour to get to a job so it makes the time go by fast) or just relaxing and killing an hour too listening to the epicness of it all, Although its not for everyone.


So what do you prefer?

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Jul 7 2009, 01:58 AM
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I voted 3:30-5:30 which I prefer the most. On occasion I will listen to a full length epic tune but it really has to capture me. I must admit I have a short attention span as well... rolleyes.gif

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Haha, I think the longer songs have improved my attention span so you never know what they might do for you laugh.gif

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Really, I never paid attention to how long the songs I listen to. I listen to a lot of stuff, from the grindcore bursts, to long, complex compositions . I think the longest song I've heard was Dopesmoker by Sleep, which is a little more than an hour.

But I still chose 10-12 minutes, its the happy medium smile.gif

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I like songs anywhere from 3-9 minutes.


but if it is a really good tune, the time doesnt matter biggrin.gif

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it really deppends on the band

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Depends of a lot of things. The versatility of the song, if it keeps you paying attention all the time, the lyrics helps a lot too!!. Maybe a long song would be better if it's a short song. And besides can happen too. But I still prefer the long songs

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As I'm a big classic rock/oldies/evergreen fan I chose 0-3 min song length... smile.gif

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I voted 3:30 - 5:50, but truth is I prefer good songs, don't really care how long they are as long as I like them wink.gif

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I like it when most of the songs on a album are 3:30 - 5:30. But it is nice to have one or two songs which are longer.

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Voted for 3:30-5:30 but it really doesn't matter if song is good. smile.gif

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That is right, if the song is good everything is fine. When the song rocks but it is less than 2:30 it is a little bit annyoing though dry.gif

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I like to listen to long songs but if you want a radio to play it, you have to make something no longer than 4:30.

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Does the 35m+ option include the likes of John Cage's ASLSP?

http://www.john-cage.halberstadt.de/

..probably not a radio edit... tongue.gif

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laugh.gif that 30 min option just reminded me of Cure's "Carnage visors", 27 min, I guess it's the longest song I've heard smile.gif

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Really really odd question, not to be rude or anything.

I prefer the length of a song that fits the song. I get annoyed when things are dragged out and repeated for the sake of making a song long, but I still want more than one chord. It differs between individual songs, it's like asking "what's your favourite BPM?". It just isn't that simple.

And because of that, I didn't vote.

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I think it really depends on the song, but for songs with one basic idea in them, 5 minutes is tops. Multiple ideas should really just split up into multiple songs. However, Long songs are ok as long as you keep them interesting. Dragonforce commented on how they're having a hard time making radio versions of their songs just because their songs have a lot of parts to them (and also epic guitar solos.)

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There aren't that many very long songs in modern music, but I would say "The End" from the Doors is definitely one great song and it is long, and so is Offspring's "Killboy Powerhead" that is aroun 1.30 so it's the quality not the quantity

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Like I said, it ultimately has nothing to do with the quality. Obviously if you pick song lengths as long as I did you know plenty or enough songs that have the qualities you want in them of course to choose such an option smile.gif

Its just assuming that the song is already awesome I guess. Do you prefer a 5:00 amazing song, or a 10:00 amazing song? Think of it like that, a song that meets all your requirements.

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I think for the most part, long songs will bore me by the 3rd and 4th listen no matter how awesome it is. I love Mournful Congregation, but I hate the fact that there songs are lengthy. I need to be in a certain mood for me to pass through all of that with Funeral Doom for me to enjoy it. Nowadays, I like bands that can cram an awesome song in less than 5 without it feeling too short or too long. Its just right.

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