Entries Beginning with T
Back in 1981, the British duo Soft Cell recorded a 12" dance disc about a spurned lover, "Tainted Love" that quickly became a favorite world wide in gay and straight dance clubs. Soft Cell realized from the start that the 9:00 minute version probably wouldn't get much airplay on U.S. top 40 stations and did their own edited version for the album release (along with the 9 minute 12" version). But to the surprise of Soft Cell (perhaps not realizing that the American radio market was changing with FM taking over even for Top 40 stations) and radio stations liking the 9:00 12" version decided to play that version which had mixed into the song a medley or perhaps an early attempt at sampling of the Supremes' 1964 Motown #1 hit, "Where Did Our Love Go". Both versions were played on Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" syndicated radio show. And mainly because of this, "Tainted Love" spent the most time in the Top 40 charts of any single to date.
"Take Your Time (Coming Home)," Fun
The final song on Fun's debut album was almost eight minutes long.
"Tales From Topographic Oceans," Yes
This double LP is technically just one song broken up into four parts. If you do accept that it is actually one song, then it is very likely the longest song in the history of rock. And I have heard all of it (except for the excruciatingly awful third side) played on the radio at various times.
A very long song and by far the band's longest song. It was even on their 'very best of' album at the end.
Made up of 7 shorter songs and continuous flow. Some of the best keyboards you're likely to here
1972 song about a meeting in a San Francisco between a man named "Harry" and his ex-lover Sue. He recorded a 1980 sequel (entitled "Sequel") where Harry and Sue meeting ten years later. (it's about as long as the original, with the similar style and music.)
The longest song off of the album "Nothing's Shocking".
"Telegraph Road" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits and written by Mark Knopfler. It appeared on their 1982 album Love over Gold. Clocking in at 14:21 minutes long, it is rarely played by radio stations, yet has remained well-regarded over the years by many fans of the band. The coda of the live recording on the 1984 album Alchemy features one of the band's most brilliant guitar improvisations. Inspired by a bus trip taken by Knopfler, the lyrics narrate a tale of changing land development over a span of many decades along Telegraph Road in Michigan. In the latter verses, the singer focuses on one man's personal struggle with unemployment. In an interview on RockLine, a "rock radio network" call-in show, broadcast live on May 10, 1993, Mark Knopfler said, while on tour, he... "in fact, was driving down that road, and I was reading a book at the time, called Growth of the Soil [by the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun], and I just put the two together. I was driving down this Telegraph Road....and it just went on and on and on forever, it's like what they call linear development. And I just started to think, I wondered how that road must have been when it started, what it must have first been. And then really that's how it all came about yeah, I just put that book together and the place where I was, I was actually sitting in the front of the tour bus, at the time." The song starts out with a quiet crescendo that lasts almost two minutes, before the song's main theme starts. After the first verse, the main theme plays again, followed by the second verse. After a guitar solo, a short bridge slows the song down to a quiet keyboard portion similar to the intro, followed by a slow guitar solo. Next, the final two verses, with the main theme in between, play. The main theme is played one last time, eventually turning into a five minute guitar solo that eventually fades out.
"The Temptation That You Are," The Saddest Landscape Lenght:8:07
This is essentially a slowed down version of their number one song, Thank You Falettin MeBe Mice Elf Agin. It closed the There's A Riot Goin' On album.
This was one of two albums that Jethro Tull released that it was only one song. There is an edited version of this as well.
"Third Eye," Tool
Not to be confused with "The End" by the Beatles, this "End" song was ironically off of the FIRST album of the Doors. ~Ra'akone
"Thriller ," Michael Jackson w/ backing vocals by Vincent Price Lenght:5:57
A little shocked no one has thought of putting this tune up before now. "Thriller" is both the name of the best selling album of all time, but also the name of the title tune of that album. The album "Thriller" was originally released on December 1, 1982 but would produce hits for Michael Jackson all the way into the spring of 1984. "Thriller" quickly became a huge seller of an album and the hits were numerous from it, "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "Pretty Young Things", etc. This was also during a time when MTV was finally showing African American artists' videos, something that was making African American Civil Rights activist angry before 1983. And this was long before much of Michael's later legal troubles started. "Thriller", the title song, wasn't released for over a year after the release of the album, December 24, 1983, yes the day before Christmas was it's release. And the video, which was even longer than the tune (the tune actually wasn't that long, in reality, but still fits for long radio pop tunes) was first shown on Christmas Eve on the then NBC Friday night Video show. It became an instant smash hit, going all the way to #4 on Billboard Magazine's HOT 100 charts, with backing vocals by horror movie actor Vincent Price, which would turn out the last major bit of acting Price would do before his death.
This is a power metal song that is very popular with Guitar Hero players.
"Through the Fire and the Flames," Dragonforce
This song has an incredible guitar solo, which Dragonforce are known for.
One of the most unusual songs in EJ's canon and probably the most violent lyrics Bernie Taupin ever wrote.
For anyone needing "more cowbell", this should do the trick. Considered by many the ultimate psychedelic rock song it was released in three edited versions on 45.
"To Be Over," Yes
Third and final track off of "Relayer" CD
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," Genesis
What am I gonna do????
"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," Genesis
A rather interesting rock song, with the "chirping crickets" background, and a few obscure Beatles references at the beginning.
Holy moly! Even the song title jokes about it's length! (trust me, it's really called Too Long!)
Will U. Beedare
"Trapped in the closet.," R. Kelly
"Travolta (Quote Unqoute)," Mr. Bungle
The song was taken from the 1970 self-titled debut album.
Theme from "The Exorcist." The song was cut down to 3:18 for a #9 Hot 100 hit single. Part 1 was played entirely on Side A.
Part 2 was entirely played on Side B.
The outro at the end is considered one of the most heartbreaking guitar solos in history
Basically, a medley with a theme. But still one long song.
Their second biggest hit. Gets airplay a lot more than you might expect!
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