Friday Fun: Top 10 'The Hobbit' Songs

In honor of Peter Jackson's film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic "The Hobbit" here is the eclectic list of the Top 10 Songs for "The Hobbit".

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In honor of Peter Jackson's film adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic "The Hobbit" here is the eclectic list of the Top 10 "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings" Songs, rounding up prog-rock anthems, folky ballads and hard-hitting metal jams - some incredibly famous, some slightly obscure. Let's be clear: None of these tracks are directly affiliated with the books or movies, but they all have at least one element in common: In some form or fashion, they're all inspired by Tolkien's most famous literature. So join us on this journey through the Top 10 "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings" Songs, arranged by UltimateClassicRock, on find out which track will be the one to rule them all.

10. "Stairway to Heaven"

From: "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971) The first track on our list of Top 10 "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings" Songs is an admittedly controversial pick. Robert Plant dropped lyrical nods to Tolkien in numerous songs as a result, Zeppelin nerds have picked apart this eight-minute epic in a holy grail-like quest for references. Unlike, say, "The Battle of Evermore", "Stairway" is a bit vague in that department, but some fans claim Plant's nodding to Gandalf as he romanticizes "rings of smoke through the trees."

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9. "The Necromancer"

From: "Caress of Steel" (1975) Like Robert Plant, Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart is known for incorporating elements of fantasy-based literature in his lyrics. And with "The Necromancer" a brooding sci-fi anthem from his band's third album, he explored his Tolkien fetish. The title references mythical evil spirit Sauron, and the "three travelers" mentioned in the track may be a reference to the "Lord of the Rings" characters Sam, Gollum, and Frodo. It could also just be a veiled nod to the band's three geeky prog-rock road warriors - a quintessential example of Peart's multi - layered lyrics.

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8. "The Wizard"

From: "Demons and Wizards" (1972) Uriah Heep's proggy power-ballad "The Wizard" isn't most specific Tolkien shout-out on our list, but its wizardly lyrics and majestic chorus make it a perfect fit nonetheless. This "wizard of a thousand kings" is never specifically named, but we're definitely getting a Gandalf vibe. "He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire," belts David Byron over bright acoustic strums.

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7. "The Gnome"

From: "A Piper at the Gates of Dawn" (1967) "I want to tell you a story about a little man," sings Syd Barrett over his band's foggy psychedelic churn, as spacey keyboards and a churning bassline drift into space. "The Gnome" a sleepy little nugget from Pink Floyd's debut album, isn't a direct Hobbit homage, but the title gnome (Grimble Grumble) sounds an awful lot like Bilbo Baggins: "He wore a scarlet tunic, a blue green hood," Barrett sighs, "He had a big adventure."

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6. "Ramble On"

From: "Led Zeppelin II" (1969) Unlike many other tracks on our list, Led Zeppelin's folk-metal epic "Ramble On" is very specific with its Tolkien references. Robert Plant was an obsessive Tolkien fan, which he makes painfully clear in the final verse: "Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor, I met a girl so fair," he sings over gentle acoustic strums, "But Gollum and the evil one crept up and slipped away with her."

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5. "Rivendell"

From: "Fly by Night" (1975) While Neil Peart may have teased us with his Tolkien obsession on "The Necromancer" he totally indulges it on "Rivendell" a frosty acoustic ballad which romanticizes the titular elven utopia depicted in both "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings". Frontman Geddy Lee sings this gentle tale in a near-whisper, pining for an "enchanted place" filled with "eleven songs and endless nights/sweet wine and soft relaxing lights."

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4. "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider"

From: "Mirage" (1974) As you can tell from our list of Top 10 "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings" Songs, prog-rockers seem to really love Gandalf the Grey. A fine example is Camel's multi-part prog classic "Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider" which - between spacey instrumental dirges - paints a haunting image of literature's most popular wizard. "Once he wore grey (...)" Andrew Latimer croons, "The wizard of them all came back from his fall / This time wearing white."

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3. "Stagnation"

From: "Trespass" (1970) The pastoral folk of "Stagnation" isn't the trademark style Genesis would refine later on in the '70s, but it's a perfect springboard for Peter Gabriel's reflective lyrics, which seem to depict the lone survivor of a nuclear war. Many fans have interpreted these romantic, flowery images as a Gollum reference: "And I will wait forever, beside the silent mirror," Gabriel chirps, "And fish for bitter minnows amongst the weeds and slimy water."

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2. "The Wizard"

From: "Black Sabbath" (1970) A mammoth slice of psychedelic funk-metal from Black Sabbath's self-titled debut album, "The Wizard" paints a compelling portrait of a mysterious, mystical character who sounds an awful lot like Gandalf: "Casting his shadow, weaving his spell," Ozzy Osborne bellows over the band's black-magic rumble, "Just keeps walking, spreading his magic." (Fun Fact: "The Wizard" could also refer to the band's then-drug dealer.)

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1. "The Battle of Evermore"

From: "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971) The mandolin-driven ballad "The Battle of Evermore," like most of Zeppelin's Tolkien-inspired tunes, isn't always cut-and-dry with its references. Robert Plant sings of a "Queen of Light," a "Prince of Peace," and a mysterious "Dark Lord," all of whom could be "Hobbit" or "Lord of the Rings" characters (There's little debate about the "ringwraiths" who "ride in black"). But this track tops our list of Top 10 "The Hobbit"/"Lord of the Rings" songs because it pairs those lyrics to eerie, pitch-perfect music, capturing Tolkien's mystical mood.

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What is your favorite "The Hobbit"/"Lord Of The Rings" song?

75 comments sorted by best / new / date

    MetalheadforJC
    Honestly I thought I was going to see this on the list
    Sampy
    I was really expecting this
    hidd4n
    Wow I have never seen that before haha, wtf that cracked me up so much.
    CoolMcAwesome
    yeah, this was the ONLY song I was expecting to be on this list... and somehow it was missed. IT IS ABOUT BILBO FFS!
    Jozef23
    That is ****ing geniusly stupid, I couldnt stop laughing. Thanks for posting it
    TombOfHorror
    I was expecting this to take the #1 spot. Just curious, though, why you didnt embed the 10 hour version.
    Minkaro
    No Blind Guardian? I hate all of you. Every single bloody one of you.
    dial-a-death
    Hmm. Nightfall in Middle Earth, entire concept album about the Silmarillion... nah, will stick f*cking Stairway to Heaven in, 'cos, you know, there's that line about "rings of smoke through the trees". And yeah, Blind Guardian might have written songs called 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Bard's Song: In the Forest' and 'The Bard's song: the Hobbit', but... yeah, "we're definitely getting a Gandalf vibe. 'He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire.'" F*cking fantastic description of every single wizard ever right there. It's Gandalf...no, Rand al'Thor... no, Mickey Mouse in Fantasia. I was fully expecting to see 'The Bard's Song: in the Forest' as number one.
    dial-a-death
    Though as a side note- "Gandalf the Grey", and then later "Gandalf the White". I must have missed the part where he became "Gandalf the Gold".
    Minkaro
    Note: I realise that it isn't actually any of your faults, but I have so much hate now I have to use it somewhere.
    Badass UltraMan
    I was expecting to see The Bard's Song, Lord of the Rings or anything off Nightfall in Middle-Earth on here and was genuinely surprised by the complete absence of Blind Guardian. Even if you ignored the Tolkien inspired lyrics and simply listened to the music it would still provide the perfect Lord of the Rings soundtrack.
    xplosive59
    Do a list about Tolkien's influence on music, but leave out Summoning?! Every single one of their albums are based around Middle Earth!
    xplosive59
    Oh btw, nice to see Camel's best song getting a mention. Mirage is an almost perfect album!
    Tarsplitter
    Camel on a list! And people, you need to remember that this list was compiled by UltimateClassicRock. Perhaps that explains the lack of Blind Guardian etc.?
    SHZ90
    What about "Bilbo Baggins" by Lenard Nimoy? (I'm not serious) Awesome List
    nurseboy
    i dont rap about bitches hoes i rap about witches and trolls. best.lyric.ever.
    hihi7
    Oh man, I am so excited for tonight. Going to listen to some of these on the way to the theater.
    Aralingh
    You could have included at least a single composition of the score from the movie series, Howard Shore wrote a brilliant soundtrack.
    Jonny92
    Very true. Enya's May it be would also be worthy of a high spot on this list.
    shamalama33
    how about all those bands who are based off of places in middle earth? I.E cirith ungol, amon amarth, burzum...
    Jozef23
    ''but the title gnome (Grimble Grumble) sounds an awful lot like Bilbo Baggins'' Really UG, Really?
    RndyW0
    The fact that there are 3 Zeppelin songs in this list shows that this list is correct. Love how many Lord of the Rings references they made in their songs, and they always suit it so well.
    skaryguy
    That is by far the worst list I have seen on UG. Pathetic. To have a list of The Hobbit/LTR related songs and NOT have Blind Guardian?!?! UG sucks!
    gregja21
    Stairway is full of references, and you pick smoke rings?!?! 'There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,and my spirit is crying for leaving ' is in reference to the elves and Valinor. Even 'Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on ' is a better choice than that!
    theogonia777
    What's your point? There are literally hundreds of metal bands named after all kinds of things from Lord of the Rings, and the majority of them actually have a good portion of their lyrics based on LOTR (unlike Amon Amarth). For example, on the Metal Archives there are: 17 bands with Mordor in their name 4 bands named Gothmog 10 bands with Morgoth in their name 2 bands named Gollum 7 bands with Melkor in their name 9 bands named Sauron 13 bands with Nazgul in their name 7 bands with Balrog in their name 10 bands with Moria in their name And there are plenty of other bands named after almost every major location, character, item, event, etc as well as 133 results for bands with "Tolkien" listed as a primary lyrical theme.
    iammclovin
    I'm just suggesting another band I enjoy that could be up there. Didn't realize that was a crime.
    Pitwulf
    What an awful list. Half of all metal songs has VERY CLEAR hobbit/lotr references instead of a song mentioning a wizard or a gnome, which doesn't even exist in middle earth. You have dwarves, hobbits but no gnomes! See bands like Blind Guardian, battlelore, minas morgul, amon amarth, lothloryen, Sabaton, wuthering heights etc. Also can we have a list without Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles or Rush UG?!
    dial-a-death
    The fact that there isn't a single Blind Guardian song on that list and yet still tenuous links like "we're definitely getting a Gandalf vibe. 'He had a cloak of gold and eyes of fire.'" Is ridiculous. I'm also slightly surprised that there's nothing by Amon Amarth or Gorgoroth (wonder where those names came from?) given UG's usual propensity towards "here's a list, let's fill it with either hugely popular bands or death/black metal bands that we can take the piss out of."
    ZWH
    Songs that make me think of The Hobbit/LOTR: Rainbow's version of 'Hall Of The Mountain King'. Rainbow - 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves' and 'A Light In The Black'. Deep Purple - 'Soldier Of Fortune', 'Stormbringer' and 'Holy Man'. Dio - 'Holy Diver'. Yngwie Malmsteen - 'Soldier Without Faith' and 'Dark Ages'. Metallica - 'Disposable Heroes' and 'Creeping Death'. Gary Moore - 'Over The Hills And Far Away'. Pretty much what I came to think of right now.
    Dylan_86
    So nearly every song on the list bar a few was described as being vaguely reminiscent of the hobbit or not being directly related lol
    connor494
    always thought the gnome by pink floyd was about the gnome like people you see when taking certain psychedelics
    SleepFan
    This was a good read/listen I appreciate these kinds of articles more compared to the regular Courtney Love/Dave Mustaine articles that get put up here.
    Camron62\m/
    This Day We Fight! by Megadeth is The Lord of the Rings inspired. and brutal as all hell.
    Diony x
    There should be Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies on the list. It's pure Irish-style drinking song with Hobbits dancing!