When I'm emperor of the universe, cutting the solo on November Rain or Sweet Child o' Mine will be punishable by 30 years of hard labour.
They're the radio versions.. Isn't the album version of November Rain 7 minutes? Though, they should've cut the lead on the MTV awards rendition of November Rain, when Slash's guitar was very obviously out of tune from the very first note!
Mark may correct me, but I think it's the case that Bohemian Rhapsody is still one of the longest chart songs because they've never done a radio edit of it.. which bit would you cut?!!
11 songs have reached number 1 with a longer playing time than "Bohemian Rhapsody" (5:55):
"All Around the World" by Oasis 9:38
"Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake 8:05
"I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf 7:48
"D'You Know What I Mean?" by Oasis 7:21
"Hey Jude" by The Beatles 7:11
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa 7:05
"Jesus to a Child" by George Michael 6:51
"Belfast Child" by Simple Minds 6:39
"Innuendo" by Queen 6:30
"Frozen" by Madonna 6:12
"I'm Not in Love" by 10cc 6:04
"When the band wanted to release the single in 1975, various executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit. The song was played to other musicians who commented the band had no hope of it ever being played on radio. According to producer Roy Thomas Baker, he and the band bypassed this corporate decision by playing the song for Capital Radio DJ Kenny Everett: "we had a reel-to-reel copy but we told him he could only have it if he promised not to play it. 'I won't play it,' he said, winking..." Their plan worked – Everett teased his listeners by playing only parts of the song. Audience demand intensified when Everett played the full song on his show 14 times in two days."