modern day epic songs - are there any?

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Mr.Martin

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SteveZ:

No problem talking about CC for me. I never worked for them. I assume you are aware they sold off hundreds of stations several months ago? While they do remain in many major markets, their hold on the smaller markets has ended.

As far as getting music played on the radio, I'm not so sure it would be as hard as you say. Have you ever heard of "Play for Pay"? It's been going on a long time. Last time I checked it still exists.

Want to talk about what many might consider musical epics. I see no one mentioned American Pie or Like A Rolling Stone. LARS broke ground for longer than 2 minute songs being played on AM radio. I played A. Pie on the air when it was a new song. It created a lot of talk.
 

JohnCarrJr

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Now we're getting somewhere. I did think about "Jesus in Surburbia" from Green Day. I think if we are to get any epics these days, they will have to come from a punk, emo, rock, or metal band that is very popular, like SOAD, or Green Day, or Korn, or the Killers....etc

Airplay isn't necessarily a requirement for a song to be considered an epic song. Even in the 70s an 80s, radio dj's wouldn't play those long songs.

However, much like a lot of us get business via "word of mouth", a lot of music gets spread the same way. "Hey Chris, have you heard this Green Day song, it rocks", is very common, especially in rock music.

I can foresee the downfall of over the air radio for music purposes in the next decade. Satellite radio, with its commercial free option, will eventually overtake it. I, for one, don't even listen to over the air radio anymore. In my home, its always the XM channels on my DirecTV. In the car, I listen to my IPod. Most bars and restaurants I go into use DirecTV or Comcast to play music. The greatest thing about these services is their more freeform nature, where they may be more inclined to play these longer songs.
 

dennisrich

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An epic song would have to come from a singer/songwriter type. I don't think there is anyone my age that doesn't stand a little taller when they hear Lightning Crashes by Live, or Creep by Radio Head. Jason Mraz, and Jack Johnson have the ability to stir emotions too, but never seem to get the airplay they deserve. But, truly the closest thing we have seen to an epic song in terms of popularity..... Tear Drops on My Guitar... It may be the Freebird of the "myspace generation".. Oh yeah... Rockstar by Nickelback that's epic too.
 

Bob Dietrich

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dennisrich said:
Tear Drops on My Guitar... It may be the Freebird of the "myspace generation".. Oh yeah... Rockstar by Nickelback that's epic too.

Are these truly epic or simply just still popular? What about Cowboy from Kid Rock? It was at one time as popular as Rockstar this long after it's release...while I enjoy both songs, will either stand the test of time to truly be epic?

Nights in White Satin, American Pie etc.....that's epic...not sure any of this newer stuff has that kind of moxy...or staying power.

Interesting thread!!
 

Gino The G-Force

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Indeed this is an interesting thread.
How about some of these:

My sacrifice - Creed
Mr. Brightside - Killers
Clocks - Coldplay
Outside - Aaron Lewis and Fred Durst (this one may be a stretch but I really love the acoustic version of this)

I am not sure I would consider RockStar an epic, but I would not be surprised if Nickelback does come out with one that truly stands the test of time. Another one to watch I think is Theory of a Dead Man and maybe even Seether.

I think Evanescence already has a couple that may end up being epics, and I am sure they have a couple more to come.

Everyone seems to be overlooking country too. In recent years some of the best songwriting going on has been in country music. Granted as DJs we don't get a lot of opportunities to play country, but maybe thats why I like it so much! lol.

-Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson (This one will be around for a very very long time)

Friends in low places is definitely epic...wrong era.

Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy is still very popular.

Your Man - Josh Turner Not my favorite, but one of the most popular requests I get. Epic? Maybe.

I'm Gonna miss her...This one might go! Can't remember the singer though.

Billies got his Beer Goggles on - Rodney Atkins...maybe

There are more...need to think a bit more.
 

DJBusyB

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Bob Dietrich said:
I believe it was era that gave us those epic songs and we aren't likely going to see or hear anything like it again in the near future.

We are the A.D.D. generation! :) Fast Food, Drive-up ATMs, Speed Dating, Caffeine, Ritalin, One Hour Photo, Eyeglasses in 60 minutes, 30 minute pizza delivery, High Speed Internet, etc

Brian
 

GregWymer

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On the non-rock side of things, I'd argue that Eminem's Lose Yourself could possibly be considered "epic" in tone, content, and musicality.
 

elitedj101

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I agree with the Jesus of Suburbia nomination. It's long enough and with many tempo changes. Very Freebird / Stairway to Heaven-ish.

While you are thinking on "epic songs" riddle me this: If "Purple Rain" had been done by a traditional rock act (Bob Seger, Eagles etc) would it be considered an epic.

Obviously I say "yes." Anytime I hear one of those Best Rock Song lists and they get the Top 10 and I hear Baba O'Riley and Hotel California etc I think "Purple Rain" would fit in perfectly here. But Prince is an R&B artist and until recently not recognized for his guitar prowess.
 

classactparty

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Based on what you are asking for, the only thing that comes to mind is "Welcome To The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance.

Sorry, Emo, ALt. & Goth aren't my cup 'o tea.
 

Shelley

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I am hearing some really grea buzz about the new album by My Morning Jacket. From what I understand their melodies and such ar wicked. Plus it doesn't hurt for me to know that they were all born and bred here in the beautiful state of Kentucky and the city of Louisville, of which I am a proud resident.

Haven't had much of a chance to get out and get the cd as I have been working and landscaping my tushie off but what i have heard is good. Some one said this album was going to go down in history.
 

DJTOAD

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My Morning Jacket's body of work has been oustanding.....If you like them, I would also recommend grabbing the latest CD from Band of Horses

Death Cab for Cutie's new disc is worth a listen as well
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Basically anything written by Jim Steinman is an epic song. My favorite movie of ALL time, STREETS OF FIRE, featured some of his music. As I'm sure everyone knows, his most well known stuff is sung by Meatloaf & Bonnie Tyler.
How could song like this not be considered an epic?

IT WAS A HOT SUMMER NIGHT

AND THE BEACH WAS BURNING,

THERE WAS FOG CRAWLING OVER THE SAND.

WHEN I LISTEN TO YOUR HEART,

I HEAR THE WHOLE WORLD TURNING,

I SEE SHOOTING STARS FALLING

THROUGH YOUR TREMBLING HANDS.


YOU WERE LICKING YOUR LIPS

AND YOUR LIPSTICK WAS SHINING,

I WAS DYING JUST TO ASK FOR A TASTE,

WE WERE LYING TOGETHER IN A SILVER LINING,

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON,

YOU KNOW THERE`S NOT ANOTHER MOMENT,

NOT ANOTHER MOMENT,

NOT ANOTHER MOMENT TO WASTE.


WELL, YOU HOLD ME SO CLOSE

THAT MY KNEES GROW WEAK,

BUT MY SOUL IS FLYING HIGH ABOVE THE GROUND.

I`M TRYING TO SPEAK,

BUT NO MATTER WHAT I DO,

I JUST CAN`T SEEM TO MAKE ANY SOUND.


AND THEN YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH.

OH, IT MUST HAVE BEEN WHILE YOU WERE KISSING ME,

YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH.

AND I SWEAR IT`S TRUE,

I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SAY, `I LOVE YOU`.
 

DJBotz

Honerable NIC
classactparty said:
Based on what you are asking for, the only thing that comes to mind is "Welcome To The Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance.

Sorry, Emo, ALt. & Goth aren't my cup 'o tea.

BINGO! That song fits all the parameters IMHO.
 

JohnCarrJr

New Member
Sorry to dig up an old thread, but I got to thinking, and I'm surprised I didn't think of this song.

Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames

Most of you are gonna say, "what?" "Who are they".

Well, if you play Guitar Hero on the PS3, then you know. It is most likely the most impossible song to do in the game, and on Youtube, its a legend. A simple Youtube search shows 19k videos of either the band's song, or kids playing it on Guitar Hero. And yes, its a long song and has all the epic qualifications.

So, thanks to modern day media (video games), and modern day communications (youtube), we have found our modern day epic.
 
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