10 Perfect Rock Songs That Are Ridiculously Long
Let's kick things off with what has become one of the most annoying things ever to be shouted at a rock concert. Even if your band has absolutely nothing to do with Southern rock, you're undoubtedly going to see somewhere cry out for Freebird whenever you take to the stage. And while it might disturb musicians to no end, it's not like Lynyrd Skynyrd's classic doesn't deserve that extra bit of praise.
Aside from the crowd that sings along to Sweet Home Alabama, this feels like getting two songs for the price of one. While songs like Tuesday's Gone takes its time to sprawl out and tell this heartbreaking story, you get a standard breakup song in the first half only to have amazing guitar solos melt your face off for the rest of the runtime. When compared to the lyrics of the song, the solos are almost like this bird finally being freed and taking the last few minutes of the song to fly anywhere it wants to go.
Even with the fantastic soloing, there's still a lot of dynamics behind the back half of this track, down to Ronnie Van Zant insisting that the guitar solos be constructed and always being played the exact same way. Whenever you heard this song on the radio or live, you weren't just getting a standard jam session. The licks were just as important as the vocals, and each of them had the potential to destroy a crowd.