What is the Longest Song Title?

atkins-bookshelf-musicWhile most musicians try to write memorable songs with equally memorable titles, there is a small subset of musicians trying to break into the record books with songs with the longest titles. Big surprise — none are from major bands, and none have ever topped the music charts.

In first place, with 97 words, is a song by Christine Lavin from the album Future Fossils (1994). Song’s running time: 2:35
Regretting What I Said to You When You Called Me 11:00 On a Friday Morning to Tell Me that at 1:00 Friday Afternoon You’re Gonna Leave Your Office, Go Downstairs, Hail a Cab to Go Out to the Airport to Catch a Plane to Go Skiing in the Alps for Two Weeks, Not that I Wanted to Go With You, I Wasn’t Able to Leave Town, I’m Not a Very Good Skier, I Couldn’t Expect You to Pay My Way, But After Going Out With You for Three Years I DON’T Like Surprises!! Subtitled: A Musical Apology

In second place, with 52 words is a song by Rednex, a group from Sweden, released in 1995 and included in the album Sex and Violins (2007). Song’s running time: 2:24
The Sad But True Story Of Ray Mingus, The Lumberjack Of Bulk Rock City, And His Never Slacking Stribe In Exploiting The So Far Undiscovered Areas Of The Intention To Bodily Intercourse From The Opposite Species Of His Kind, During Intake Of All The Mental Condition That Could Be Derived From Fermentation

Interestingly, the Guinness Book of World Records looks no further than 1945, recognizing the world’s longest song title as Hoagy Carmichael’s song from that year, containing only 30 words: 
I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama With My Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-O, Beat-O Flat-On-My-Seat-O, Hirohito Blues

The longest song title of a hit song from a major recording artist is Elton John’s Can’t You Feel the Love Tonight from the album The Lion King (1994).

Read related post: Best Album Covers of All Time
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How Many Music Genres Exist?

For further reading: listology.com/blindsider/list/longest-song-titles-ever

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