8. 'Ramble On'
When Led Zeppelin released "Ramble On" in late 1969, the nerds and the burn-outs finally had something to discuss on the playground: the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. "T'was in the darkest depths of Mordor/ I met a girl so fair," Robert Plant sings. "But Gollum and the evil one crept up/ And slipped away with her, her, her." It's one of the greatest songs told from the perspective of a creature from Middle Earth, but it prompts some questions: What's a "girl so fair" doing in Mordor? What are you doing in Mordor, for that matter? It's a freaky, fucked-up place. It's a place you go to battle evil and destroy all-powerful rings. It's the furthest thing from a pick-up bar ever imagined. Furthermore, why is Gollum after this chick? Does she have the One Ring?
These are questions for the nerds and burn-outs to sort through together, but the song is an absolute classic. For some reason, Led Zeppelin never performed it until their 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena.