Top Five Most Popular Hit Songs Worldwide With the Longest Playing Time + Interesting Facts
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Top Five Most Popular Hit Songs Worldwide With the Longest Playing Time + Interesting Facts

All the songs included on the list are more than 5 minutes long are are all certified hit songs. There are several very long songs that exceeds more than 10 minutes but they are not so popular and were not hit songs. The songs below are certified hits and are still very popular. The songs included on the list include Hey Jude by the Beatles, Sweet Child O Mine by Guns and Roses, Hotel California by the Eagles, Bohemian Rhapsody by the Queen and American Pie by Don McLean.

There are several very long songs that exceeds more than 10 minutes but they are not so popular and were not hit songs. The songs below are certified hits and are still very popular. The songs included on the list include Hey Jude by the Beatles, Sweet Child O Mine by Guns and Roses, Hotel California by the Eagles, Bohemian Rhapsody by the Queen and American Pie by Don McLean.

All the songs included on the list are more than 5 minutes long are are all certified hit songs.

5. Sweet Child o’Mine – 5 minutes 56 seconds

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  • Undeniably, Guns and Roses’ most popular hit song is "Sweet Child o' Mine". It is their 3rd single and the 3rd from their 1987 debut studio album entitled Appetie for Destruction.
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine was released in August 1988 and topped the Billboard Hot 100.
  • It is the band’s first and only number one single in the United States.
  • Sweet Child o’ Mine was re-released in 1989 and it reached number six on the UK Singles Chart.

4. Bohemian Rhapsody – 5 minutes 55 seconds

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  • One of the most popular Queen songs is the Bohemian Rhapsody which was written by Freddie Mercury.
  • It was released in 1975 and was the most expensive single ever made at the time and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in popular music history.
  • It stayed for 9 weeks at the top of the UK Single Chart and sold more than 1 million copies by January 1976.
  • It stayed again for 5 weeks at the top of the UK Single Chart in 1991 following Mercury’s death.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody is UK’s third bestselling single of all time. It was also number one in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Netherlands.
  • It is ranked 163rd Greatest Song of All Time by Rolling Stone.

3. Hotel California – 6 minutes 8 seconds

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  • The Eagles’ greatest single is "Hotel California". It was written by Don Henley, Don Felder and Glen Frey. It is the band’ longest song.
  • The song is about the high life in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
  • It topped the Billboard Hot 100 single chart for a week in May 1977 and after 3 months it was certified Gold – 1 million copies sold.
  • Hotel California is regarded as the “49th Greatest Song of All Times”.
  • In 1978, the Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year for Hotel California.
  • In 2009, Hotel California was certified Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million digital downloads.

2. Hey Jude – 7 minutes 11 seconds

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  • One of the Beatles’ most popular and hit songs is “Hey Jude”. It was written by Paul McCartney. It is also the band’s longest song.
  • Hey Jude is ranked number 8 Greatest Song of All Time.
  • It is said that the song is originally entitled “Hey Jules” with the purpose of consoling Julian, John Lennon’s son, during his parents divorce.
  • It was released in 1968 and “Hey Jude” was the longest single hit song ever to top the British charts.
  • Hey Jude was number one in the United States for 9 weeks making it the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles’ single.
  • Hey Jude has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best songs

1. American Pie – 8 minutes 33 seconds

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  • Don McLean’s most popular and longest song is the “American Pie”. It was released in 1971 and became number one for 4 weeks in the United States.
  • American Pie is ranked number 5 on the Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA project Songs of the Century.
  • It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1972 and number 12 on its re-released in 1991.
  • The song is about “The day the Music Died” – the plane crashed that killed Buddy Holly and others in 1959.

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Comments (1)

Some great songs there. :)

Another one that I think deserves a special mention is Meatloaf's I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That). The 'radio edit' of the song came in at 5 minutes 25 seconds, but the 'video edit' was 7 minutes 38 seconds. Oh an not forgetting the album version which ran to a very impressive 12 minutes 1 second. lol That song was number one in the US and the UK, not to mention Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, New Zealand and plenty more beside.

In the UK, the Oasis song All Around The World hit number one and it ran to 9 minutes 38 seconds.

Anyway, nice article. :)

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