Rock Songs That Can’t be In the QuickHitz Selection

It seems everyone has an opinion about the Calgary radio station’s choice to adopt the new QuickHitz editing program, writes G&B writer Vanessa Azzoli.

We certainly can’t forget the rock songs we love (and sometimes love to hate) that need to be listened to in their full length in order to be awesome. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourites. There are some obvious choices on here – I think every person I asked said “Stairway to Heaven.”

But, there are some on here that I think most of us forgot about. What are your favourite lengthy rock tunes?

  1. Boston – Foreplay to Longtime/Longtime
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0TVDZG1rWY
  2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p4MZJsexEs
  3. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q7Vr3yQYWQ
  4. Pink Floyd – Echoes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMrhRqK4iig
  5. Styx – Come Sail Away
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VPPU9rSNM
  6. Guns n’ Roses – November Rain
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUNkHdi6-Vw
  7. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkTQUtx818w
  8. Eric Clapton – Layla
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX5USg8_1gA
  9. Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QoSJPwC4-k
  10. The Doors – The End 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSUIQgEVDM4
  11. Tool – Parabola
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z2O289Jemo
  12. Meatloaf – I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbQLB0q3hts
  13. Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXJQOWsp6f4
  14. Rush – 2112
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZm1_jtY1SQ
  15. Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Yq5m9eLIQ
  16. Beastie Boys – B-Boy Bouillabaisse 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vrUTfoUi0s
  17. Van Morrison – Listen to the Lion
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgPJtIpQtjo
  18. Black Sabbath – Warning
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLR_0_mLYM
  19. The Rolling Stones – Goin’ Home
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjDshzxFnbQ
  20. Jane’s Addiction – Three Days
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mySAZ3jqVcg

What songs did I miss?

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  • First off, I know people will want to hunt me down with pitchforks for saying this, but I actually disagree on some of these. There are actually two separate problems we’re talking about here. First is functional, or structural. The map of the song allows no shortcuts. Epic opuses like “Stairway to Heaven” and complex pieces like “Bohemian Rhapsody” don’t really have the repetitious pop-song structure that usually allows for these “radio edits”. The second problem is subjective, somewhat emotional. We’re so attached to these life-changing monsters of awesomeness that we insist that the 32-bar solo be listened to in its entirety every time. I say BS. When I was running a student radio station in high school, we had some of those records with shortened versions, and some of the songs on this list were among the titles. The purist will sit with his entertainment center and killer headphones and listen to every note of “Layla”, but a short-format DJ has every right to do a slow fade once the piano starts, and there’s enough room in the world for both to be okay.