Having spent his youth taking to the stage like a wailing mountain lion with a mane of curly hair, Robert Plant embarked on his solo career, eager to shed his rock star image and experiment with new sounds. Across a discography that’s been challenging but always fascinating, these 13 Robert Plant solo songs – one from each album – trace his artistic evolution from the “golden god” of rock’n’roll to purveyor of world folk music.
Slow Dancer (from ‘Pictures At Eleven’, 1982)
A highlight among Robert Plant solo songs is the Kashmir-esque Slow Dancer, an epic seven-minute rocker influenced by an Arabic pop hook from Egyptian songstress Oum Kalsoum. Similar to Led Zeppelin’s later material, Plant lets rip with his iconic shriek like a bobcat in mating season while drummer Cozy Powell channels the spirit of John Bonham with thunderous aplomb.