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200 Greatest Epic Rock Songs

Criteria: Influence, Impact, Reputation, Popularity after release, Overlasting popularity, Composition, Song length, Variety, Uniqueness, Technical ability shown, and Difficulty to play.strong

What makes an epic song?
- Requires at least 5 minutes length.
- Versatile composition featuring time changes, unique instruments and sounds, etc.
- (Usually) Instrumental solos or versatile vocals.
- Lyrics and song themes, emotional topics.


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List Begun: 2011-01-25
Greatest Rock Epics
  1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
  3. Deep Purple - Child in Time
  4. Bob Dylan - Desolation Row
  5. The Beatles - A Day in the Life
  6. Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  7. Eagles - Hotel California
  8. Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
  9. The Doors - The End
10. Derek and the Dominos - Layla
11. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
12. The Who - Love Reign O'er Me
13. Don McLean - American Pie
14. Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
15. Black Sabbath - War Pigs
16. Rush - 2112
17. King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man
18. Metallica - Master of Puppets
19. Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name
20. Guns N' Roses - November Rain
21. Yes - Close to the Edge
22. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
23. Genesis - Supper's Ready
24. The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
25. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Karn Evil 9
26. Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland
27. Van Morrison - Madame George
28. Genesis - Firth of Fifth
29. The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray
30. Rush - Xanadu
31. The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
32. Stevie Wright - Evie
33. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
34. The Rolling Stones - Sympathy with the Devil
35. Pink Floyd - Echoes
36. Neil Young - Cortez the Killer
37. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
38. Rainbow - Stargazer
39. Radiohead - Paranoid Android
40. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
41. The Doors - When the Music's Over
42. The Beatles - Abbey Road Medley
43. The Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler
44. Jimi Hendrix Experience - 1983...(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
45. Grateful Dead - That's It for the Other One
46. King Crimson - The Court of the Crimson King
47. The Moody Blues - Question
48. Elton John - Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding
49. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus
50. Yes - Starship Trooper
51. Bob Dylan - Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
52. Dream Theater - Pull Me Under
53. The Stone Roses - I Am the Resurrection
54. Rush - Cygnus X-1
55. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
56. Richard Harris - MacArthur Park
57. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
58. Metallica - One
59. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
60. Pink Floyd - Time
61. Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys
62. Boston - Foreplay/Long Time
63. Stevie Wonder - Living for the City
64. Metallica - Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
65. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
66. The Outlaws - Green Grass and High Tides
67. Pantera - Cemetery Gates
68. Meat Loaf - Paradise by the Dashboard Light
69. Prince - Purple Rain
70. Alice in Chains - Rooster
71. Jane's Addiction - Three Days
72. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well
73. Neil Young - Down by the River
74. Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
75. Megadeth - Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
76. Kansas - Magnum Opus
77. Curtis Mayfield - We the People Who are Darker than Blue
78. The Who - Baba O'Riley
79. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
80. Led Zeppelin - Achilles Last Stand
81. Black Sabbath - Iron Man
82. Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
83. Type O Negative - Christian Woman
84. Eminem - Stan
85. Rainbow - Gates of Babylon
86. Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
87. Pink Floyd - High Hopes
88. Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
89. Queen - Innuendo
90. Bon Jovi - Dry County
91. Manowar - Gates of Valhalla
92. Nightwish - Ghost Love Score
93. Guns N' Roses - Estranged
94. Tool - Ænema
95. King Crimson - Lizard
96. AC/DC - For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)
97. Queen - The Prophet's Song
98. Black Sabbath - Megalomania
99. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
100. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
101. Muse - Knights of Cydonia
102. Primal Scream - Loaded
103. Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
104. The Mars Volta - Cassandra Gemini
105. Metallica - Fade to Black
106. Grateful Dead - New Potato-Caboose
107. The Smashing Pumpkins - Soma
108. Type O Negative - Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)
109. Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street
110. The Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post
111. Wings - Band on the Run
112. Patti Smith - Land
113. Sonic Youth - Trilogy
114. Pantera - Floods
115. Yes - Heart of the Sunrise
116. The Pogues - And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
117. Genesis - Dancing with the Moonlight Kit
118. The Velvet Underground - Heroin
119. The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want
120. The Who - Who Are You
121. Jeff Wayne - Forever Autumn
122. Nine Inch Nails - We're in This Together
123. Manowar - Achilles, Agony and Ecstasy in Eight Parts
124. Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
125. Scorpions - Still Loving You
126. Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour
127. Dire Straits - Tunnel of Love
128. Frank Zappa - Willie the Pimp
129. Sweet - Love Is Like Oxygen
130. Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
131. Rage Against the Machine - Wake Up
132. Beastie Boys - B-Boy Bouillabaisse
133. Queen - Who Wants to Live Forever
134. Meat Loaf - I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
135. Faith No More - Jizzlober
136. Styx - Come Sail Away
137. The Mars Volta - L'Via L'Viaquez
138. King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic
139. Tool - Eulogy
140. Alice Cooper - Halo of Flies
141. Iron Maiden - Phantom of the Opera
142. Led Zeppelin - When the Levee Breaks
143. Judas Priest - Beyond the Realms of Death
144. Metallica - The Unforgiven
145. Pink Floyd - Atom Heart Mother
146. Black Sabbath - Into the Void
147. U2 - New Year's Day
148. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
149. Dream Theater - Under a Glass Moon
150. The Who - A Quick One, While He's Away
151. Alice Cooper - Black Juju
152. The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
153. Pink Floyd - Dogs
154. Queensrÿche - Suite Sister Mary
155. Rage Against the Machine - Freedom
156. Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose
157. R. Kelly - Trapped in the Closet
158. The Mothers of Invention - Billy the Mountain
159. Iron Maiden - Fear of the Dark
160. Green Day - Jesus of Suburbia
161. 2Pac - No More Pain
162. Opeth - Black Rose Immortal
163. Blue Öyster Cult - Don't Fear (The Reaper)
164. Guns N' Roses - Civil War
165. X-Japan - Art of Life
166. Metallica - Wherever I May Roam
167. Deep Purple - April
168. King Crimson - Pictures of a City
169. Mark & Clark Band - Worn Down Piano
170. Michael Jackson - Earth Song
171. Porcupine Tree - Arriving Somewhere but Not Here
172. Iron Maiden - Alexander the Great
173. Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
174. Tool - Lateralus
175. Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
176. Camel - Lady Fantasy
177. Marillion - Grendel
178. The Who - Doctor Jimmy
179. 10cc - I'm Mandy Fly Me
180. Frank Zappa - The Adventures of Greggery Peccary
181. Whitesnake - Still of the Night
182. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
183. Kanye West - Gone
184. Primal Scream - Come Together
185. Sleep - Dopesmoker
186. Dream Theater - Octavarium
187. Rhapsody of Fire - Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness
188. The Stone Roses - Breaking into Heaven
189. Queensrÿche - Roads to Madness
190. Grand Funk Railroad - I'm Your Captain/Closer to Home
191. Roger Hodgson - Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)
192. Danzig - Godless
193. Rush - Marathon
194. Chris Rea - The Road to Hell
195. Neil Young - Cowgirl in the Sand
196. Faith No More - King for a Day
197. U2 - Moment of Surrender
198. Eminem - Kim
199. Television - Marquee Moon
200. Guns N' Roses - Coma
10 Greatest Rock Epic Albums:

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
2. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
3. Queen - A Night at the Opera
4. The Who - Quadrophenia
5. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
6. Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
7. Rush - A Farewell to Kings
8. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
9. Metallica - Master of Puppets
10. Yes - Close to the Edge
Led Zeppelin IV         Wish You Were Here

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