Songs 8 minutes or over


There is something wonderful about a song that has an extended beginning, middle and end. For this small playlist of epic numbers, start with Meat loaf’s Bat out of Hell, followed by Bob Dylan’s amazing journey into the lives of Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts. Play on with Kanye’s best individual track since the unforgettable ‘Workout Plan’ with Runaway  – Whilst the man has a face like perpetual thunder, his musical presence is for the better – undeniable. The immortal lyrics for this song?

Let’s have a toast for the douchebags/ lets have a toast for the assholes/ lets have a toast for the scumbags…

Naturally you should be exhausted by now. Just under thirty minutes of musical magic steaming from light rock, pure folk and indie/(mild) R’n’B. Come back to the playlist with Nina Simone’s fascinating gospel classic, Sinnerman. Nina holds a note like no other and this is the perfect song to get impassioned about. An original Bohemian Rhapsody of the religious variety.

It’s now time for a little light relief, Prince has continued to represent the very best of musical transition, with his music continuing crossing over rock, funk, pop and disco. D.M.S.R represents a lovely bit of funk and some wonderful backing vocals. Prince, as always encourages everyone to get sensual and experience a bit of dance, music, sex and romance whilst the cymbals ring in the background: coming from Prince, that’s a wonderful invite. From Prince, continue the party theme with the 14 minute epic, Rapper’s Delight, drums, keyboards and the start of rap is all represented by this beat-busting toe-tapper, shown by such lyrics as:

I said a hip hop,
The hippie to the hippie
The hip hip a hop, and you don’t stop, a rock it
To the bang bang boogie, say up jump the boogie
To the rhythm of the boogie, the beat.

Finish off the magic by Frankie Goes to Hollywood inviting us into the Pleasuredome. From the animal sounds to the throbbing urgency in Mr Johnson’s invitation to enter temptation – after we, we’re a long way from home.

Recommended tip? – play all over again on shuffle, no way can this playlist ever be defined by an order.

Special feature: Depressing but The Doors’s The End remains incredibly an incredible poignant exploration into the end of love. Sentimental and jaded at the same time with the irrepressible Morrison forcing the song through the dense journey of myth and reality.



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