Ranking The Best Songs In “In Through the Out Door” By Led Zeppelin
“In Through the Out Door” is Led Zeppelin’s final studio album. It pales in comparison to their other albums but it still spawned some classics. It was a difficult time for the group especially frontman Robert Plant since his son Karac died a few years before they started working on the record. They also were unable to tour around UK for more than 2 years because of their taxation exile.
John Bonham struggled with his alcoholism while Jimmy Page also had to deal with his heroin addiction – this made both of them erratic and unreliable, at least when it came to the recording sessions. So it was basically up to Plant and John Paul Jones to carry majority of the work. Nevertheless, the album still dominated the charts.
7. I’m Gonna Crawl
It may not be as powerful as their other more popular tunes but it certainly is incredibly soulful. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s highly underrated and definitely deserves more credit.
Is it confusing? Yes. From the lyrics to the groove and the synths, and it goes over the 10-minute mark too! But listening closely, it’s actually interesting and fascinating. It’s like they just wanted to dip their toes in pro-rock waters for this album.
5. Southbound Saurez
Often overlooked, this jaunty and swaggering tune mostly highlighted Plant’s vocals and JPJ’s piano because during recording, Bonzo and Page usually didn’t arrive on time or simply showed up at night.
4. Hot Dog
Don’t be fooled by the title, this old school rock ‘n roll number may not be their best work but it’s definitely not the worst too.
3. In The Evening
It’s hard-hitting and hypnotic, and it’s perhaps their most energetic song on the album.
2. All My Love
There’s a reason why it’s one of the most loved tracks here. This rock ballad has a certain rawness that made it stand out. Plant bares his soul as he sings this tribute to his son.
1. Fool in the Rain
Purists weren’t too fond of this but it showcased Bonzo’s incredible drumming which obviously took the song to the next level.