Jimmy Page was always destined to be the frontman of hard rock’n’roll. His sonic compositions have been spot on since he entered the music industry in 1966, kicking off his career with The Yardbirds before founding Led Zeppelin two years later.
Thanks to his rough, guitar-led creations, the British band dawned a new age in music, safely serving as a progenitor for raw, exploding sound.
It was never just about creating chord progressions that made a song sound correct. Page’s riffs spiralled all over the place through hellish tones evoking psychedelia, blues and heavy metal all in one track. With the help of Robert Plant’s sexually-driven lyrics, John Bonham’s booming drum rhythms and John Paul Jones’ alluring bass and keyboard melodies, the group served pure artistic freedom in style. Across their 12-year stint, youths were greeted with 92 showstopping songs that screamed of sex and revolution without restraint.
And the songs’ transcendent nature still stands today. With Jimmy Page celebrating his 75th birthday, we pay tribute to the musical mastermind and his record-breaking band by taking a trip down memory lane to rank Led Zeppelin’s best tracks. Ready for some hard rock? Over to the purveyors of sound.
Cue the music chant: the hippies have been busted! That’s what “Misty Mountain Hop” is all about, according to Plant. Scoring tenth place in our Led Zeppelin rankings, it’s all about a “love-in” that’s torn apart by the police. Problematic? It fits into the band’s constant commentary of societal restraints, sitting strong on their fourth album, and Page wrote this in the middle of the night while the rest of his bandmates were partying. The misty mountains of the title are in Wales and are a reference to Tolkien’s The Return Of The King. That shouldn’t come as much surprise; we all know how much Plant was into Lord of the Rings. Music and mysticism both at once.