How many bars is the longest song? A lot of the time, you may be able to guess at this based off the first verse and/or the last verse. However, sometimes, just listening to a song in a club (without knowing exactly how many bars it would take) is a bad idea. If the club has a rule against songs exceeding 300 bars in duration, you shouldn’t try to deduce too far into the past or the future, but rather just play the song to death and see how long it would take. Many songwriters say you can get anywhere between 250-300 bars depending on how fast you go and what other factors you take into consideration. For example, I was one of the first people who discovered Eminem’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside . This song lasted 5 minutes: https://youtu.be/5iUiOa9Cx_8 In the UK, this song is called: ‘Five Minutes’ https://youtu.be/hG0R2kLX9dM This song lasts 7 minutes. So is it longer than any other song? No. That’s not how it works. It is much much shorter than the average song of 50+ minutes. Here’s another song that’s 50+ minutes: http://freesound.org/people/Chewbacca/songs/106828/ I had a friend ask if I could tell you how many bars it took on that same track. I declined. However, I think that my estimate of how many bars it would take was closer (but still wrong) to the actual amount than he was expecting. So basically, if you can tell me exactly how many bars it’d take to play this song at a club (and you know how many bars the song would take to play it once, too) then go for it. That is basically the standard guide that many rock bands followed for their songs.
Does it matter how long the song is?
Yes and no. Obviously a longer song would sound better so the question becomes how does this go against that? In my personal opinion, there seems to be a bit of a discrepancy between a long song taking less time to play and the longer songs just playing way longer. Personally I think it takes the longest to play any song, but that may also be the way that some people like to play. Personally, I agree that a song with 4 bars is better than a song with 5 bars but