’70s Led Zeppelin Songs That We Will Always Remember
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The Best Songs From The Best Band
Even with plenty of stellar rock acts in the 1970s, Led Zeppelin was one of the bands that ruled the era. Even with critics who were tolerant at best, they churned out several classic hits that proved they were a force of nature. Jimmy Page’s face-melting riffs and solos, Robert Plant’s hair-raising screams and wails, John Paul Jones’ unforgettable bass lines, and John Bonham’s powerful drumming – they were virtuoso musicians who knew how to up the ante every time.
This isn’t an easy task but somebody’s gotta do it. Here are five of their songs from the ’70s that will live on even decades from now.
5. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)
One of their most easily recognizable tracks, Black Dog is a killer rock number. It’s heavy, powerful, and brought out the best in everyone especially Plant’s impeccable vocals. It’s unique mostly because the acapella interludes alternate with the musical section. Black Dog is clever and catchy – no wonder why it became a fan favorite and was a staple in the band’s setlist.
4. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin III, 1970)
How can anyone forget this masterpiece when it has been used numerous times in films and some TV shows? There’s nothing quite like it. Like Black Dog, Immigrant Song is catchy and interesting because Plant referenced Norse mythology. The lyrics were about war and Valhalla – which is why it’s the perfect soundtrack to the 2017 superhero film Thor: Ragnarok. It opens with Plant’s wailing cry and from that point on, we just knew it was gonna be good.
3. Achilles Last Stand (Presence, 1976)
Ten minutes of glorious music. It’s a monumental achievement even for a guitar deity like Jimmy Page. For the lyrics, Plant turned to his obsession with mythology again. Overall, the song is complex and perhaps that’s why Page named it as one of his favorite Led Zeppelin tunes. It may be a long recording but this it’s the kind of song that doesn’t deserve to end. It’s spectacular like that.
2. Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin IV, 1971)
So many think this is overrated but we beg to disagree. It’s simply overplayed, there’s a big difference. There’s something haunting and moving about Stairway to Heaven. When people say some songs take you to places, this is the first one that comes to mind. There were rumors that it contains Satanic messages especially because of Page’s connection to occultist Aleister Crowley – Page brought Crowley’s former home in Loch Ness, Scotland. Speaking about this controversy, Plant said: “‘Stairway To Heaven’ was written with every best intention, and as far as reversing tapes and putting messages on the end, that’s not my idea of making music. It’s really sad. The first time I heard it was early in the morning when I was living at home, and I heard it on a news program. I was absolutely drained all day. I walked around, and I couldn’t actually believe, I couldn’t take people seriously who could come up with sketches like that.”
1. Kashmir (Physical Graffiti, 1975)
Clearly one of their finest works. For us, Kashmir is the ULTIMATE Led Zeppelin song. It’s heavy, hard-hitting, and fiery. Page and Plant worked on it for three years and in the end, it was all worth it. When they released Kashmir, even their critics couldn’t find a flaw. They had to admit it was a brilliant piece of music. Every single member of Led Zeppelin agreed that Kashmir was their best musical achievement. Plant also added, “One of my favorites… it was so positive, lyrically.”