Immigrant Song (2:25)

Cover of Led Zeppelin III

From Led Zeppelin III and 119 other releases

Immigrant Song is the opening track on English rock band Led Zeppelin’s third album, Led Zeppelin III, written and released in 1970.

The song is famous for its distinctive, wailing cry from vocalist Robert Plant (with a melody reminiscent of “Bali Ha’i”) at the beginning of the song, and is built around a repeating, staccato Jimmy Page/John Paul Jones/John Bonham riff. The hiss at the beginning of the track is feedback from an echo unit.

“Immigrant Song” was written during Led Zeppelin’s tour of Iceland, Bath and Germany in mid-1970. The opening date of this tour took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, which inspired Plant to write the song. As he explained:
“ We weren’t being pompous … We did come from the land of the ice and snow. We were guests of the Icelandic Government on a cultural mission. We were invited to play a concert in Reykjavik and the day before we arrived all the civil servants went on strike and the gig was going to be canceled. The university prepared a concert hall for us and it was phenomenal. The response from the kids was remarkable and we had a great time. “Immigrant Song” was about that trip and it was the opening track on the album that was intended to be incredibly different.”

Just six days after Led Zeppelin’s appearance in Reykjavik, the band performed the song for the first time on stage during the Bath Festival.


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  • lihei

    The driving guitar sound throughout is a giant kick in the nuts!

    16 Jan 11:51pm Reply
  • hollyheer


    6 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    Listen closely enough at the very beginning and you can hear someone counting in...pretty rad!

    5 Jan 9:45pm Reply
  • theironictea


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  • RAY7654321

    Listening to "Led Zeppelin III" released on October 5, 1970. Many of the songs featured on the album were conceived in mid-1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, an 18th-century cottage in Gwynedd, Wales, on a hilltop overlooking the Dyfi Valley, three miles north of the market town Machynlleth. This set the tone for this masterpiece of music. No electric or running water, Page & Plant where roughing it(LOL), they only had a staff of 7. Song written by Page & Plant.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pyramid_Stomp

    I got a Whole Lotta LOVE for this one -- it really packs a punch ! !

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LastArctica


    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Moonlight_Dawn

    Perfect opening to the album and the song's intro is amazing.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Fire it up

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    This, no doubt, a cult band will delight more than one generation.

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
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  • Druid66

    Rangers of the north, riding under Aragorn's banner, will ride to the Black Gate...

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
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    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • gotgore101

    Jimmy, Jimmy, this track.

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
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  • djsweetlips1971

    Ok Roy but FAR from an over rated band. They could do it all.

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    Led Zeppelin III was the best album this over rated band ever recorded although previous and subsequent albums had some very good tracks on them. Just my opinion and certainly the minority view but I'm sticking with it.

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
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