We’ve all been in a bar with a jukebox and decided we’d like to make everyone listen to our music for a change, you take the walk up there, make your selection under the disapproving eyes of the locals then sit back and enjoy your music, prepared to defend your musical tastes against any nay-sayers. Then what happens? The tracks end before you know it, and you’ve only got beer money left.
Sound familiar? Well today we’ve rounded up 10 of the longest songs we could find to help you really make the jukebox earn its pocket change! Let’s take a look…
10. Daft Punk – Too Long (10:01)
Although some may say this song was rather aptly titled, this 2001 electro number from French duo Daft Punk may share some of their famous repetitive song elements, but varies just enough to make the 10 minutes seem like good value for money.
Bonus – if the jukebox has video the manga style video is well worth a watch.
9. The Doors – When the Music’s Over (12:30)
The doors are well known for some pretty psychedelic songs, and “when the music’s over” doesn’t disappoint. Jim Morrison’s singing and lyrics as well as the excellent guitar work make you want to actually listen all over again, even after the 12 minutes is over.
Bonus – keeps the classic rock ‘snobs’ in the bar happy & great for kicking out time (“when the music’s over – turn out the lights”).
8. Massive Attack – Protection (7:17)
Perhaps not one for a lively Friday night – still there is no doubt that Protection is a hugely popular song that just seems to sooth you through all seven minutes of it.
Bonus – makes you look all ‘deep’ in front of any single ladies in the bar.
7. Oasis – All Around The World (9:38)
Swarthy Mancunian rockers Oasis are well known for their love of all things Beatles, and with All Around The World they took a good stab at imitating their Liverpudlian idols. Still they pretty much hit the mark, with the near ten minutes of indie heaven pleasing even the harshest of Oasis critics.
Bonus – you can do a Liam Gallagher swagger on the way to the bar.
6. Guns ‘n’ Roses – November Rain (9:08)
One of the most symphonic of all GNR’s songs, with pianos and a signature orchestral string arrangement. Featuring a great guitar solo by the one and only Slash, this song has gotta keep any bar happy for over nine minutes!
Bonus – Slash solo impressions.
5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (7:08)
Although not the longest song on this list, Bohemian Rhapsody definitely deserves a mention in this list, mostly down to the fact that with the varying compositional elements of the song, it actually feels a lot longer than it is, and not in a bad way, more of a “we’ve been on a journey” way.
Bonus – the most likely to get a sing-a-long going.
4. Metallica – Master Of Puppets (8:41)
If the bar you’re in has more of a heavy metal element to it – and if it does you don’t need me to tell you what to look out for! – then if you’re looking for a good value juke selection then look no further than Metallica’s Master of Puppets. Nearly 9 minutes of metal’s finest!
Bonus – stay on the right side of some rather large, tattooed, bikers.
3. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (8:03)
One of the most famous ‘long’ songs of all time might not be quite as long as you might remember, but it’s still more than long enough to get you some awesome jukebox value for money.
Bonus – it’s over 40 years old and still sounds great!
2. Stone Roses – Fools Gold (9:55)
The Stone Roses have recently reformed – with many citing money as one of the reasons for their sudden hatchet-burial. Still perhaps if they had invested in playing some longer jukebox songs (like the 9:55 fools gold) they wouldn’t have needed to. Ok maybe not.
Bonus – time to break out that mancunian swagger again!
1. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven (8:21)
Well there was only really going to be one winner here, one of Zeppelin’s most anthemic songs gives nearly 9 minutes of pure rock and roll perfection. Considering you’d be paying the same to listen to this as a 3 minute pop song we recommend you request stairway twice.
Bonus – it’s stairway to heaven.
So that’s it! Request all of these songs and you’ll be looking at over an hour and a half of musical awesomeness. Depending on how much your bar charges for a turn on the jukebox, on average you’d still be looking at less than the price of a beer for an hour and a half of your own music – bargain!
Oh and don’t forget you can always check out our great range of jukeboxes if you don’t want to have to put in any money at all
Written by: Stuart Kerr