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44. “Hey Hey What Can I Do”
Like Jones, Jimmy Page was a top session man in the British rock scene in the days before Zeppelin. Plant and Bonham were relative novices from the Black Country, but they learned fast. This combination of experience and youthful energy is what enabled Zeppelin to attack a wide range of music from the beginning — Page and Jones were accustomed to working in different genres, and Plant and Bonham were too young and dumb to be intimidated. If the idea was to sound like a throwback Americana act on “Hey Hey What Can I Do,” why couldn’t they pull that off? Sadly, this B-side did not make Led Zeppelin III, even if it is inarguably better than “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.”
43. “Four Sticks”
The worst song from the best Zeppelin album, Untitled, also known as “Led Zeppelin IV.” There are people who will argue that Physical Graffiti (aka “the double-album career summation”) is their best, or maybe Led Zeppelin II (“the horniest and hardest rocking one”) or Led Zeppelin III (“the one about Vikings and sunsets”). But the worst songs from those albums aren’t on the list. However, every single track from Untitled is here. Like Leo says in The Wolf Of Wall Street, Led Zeppelin asks that you judge them not by their winners but by their (relative) losers, because they have so few of them.
42. “Misty Mountain Hop”
If you talk to 10 Zeppelin fans, three of them will insist that “Misty Mountain Hop” is the best track from Untitled. (Yes, this is based solely on my personal experience and no actual data, but like the song says, I’m just takin’ a look at myself and describing what I see.) It’s the most “interesting” choice, given how many monster radio hits are from that record. Of course, “Misty Mountain Hop” is also a big radio song, it’s just not quite as famous as “Stairway To Heaven” or “Black Dog.” But it’s definitely the poppiest track on the record, with a hook that John Paul Jones apparently pulled out of thin air one morning at Headley Grange while fiddling with an electric piano while the rest of the band slept off a hangover.