Chart Position: 16

  • Written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
  • Lead vocals: Robert Plant
  • Guitar: Jimmy Page
  • Produced by Jimmy Page
  • Recorded in Memphis TN
  • The wail by Robert Plant is reminiscent of ‘Bali Ha’i’ from South Pacific
  • Page and Plant dedicated the song to Icelander Leif Ericson
  • The phrase ‘hammer of the gods” was later used as the title of a Led Zeppelin biography by Stephen Davis
  • The Minnesota Vikings play this song before kickoff at home games
  • Led Zeppelin is the only act to place every one of their LPs (10 in all, not counting retrospectives) in the Billboard Top 10
  • Six of Led Zeppelin’s LPs went to #1
  • Later recorded by Anne Wilson (2007), Queen, Trans-Siberian Express, Nirvana (2004), Great White (1999), Minimal Compact (1986), Coalesce (1999), Infectious Grooves (1993) and Nirvana (2004)

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