A new video sets Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” used in Thor: Ragnarok, to a memorable moment in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The Led Zeppelin song, written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and released on the Led Zeppelin III album in 1970, is one of the more durable and time-tested songs in the classic rock canon. It remains a radio staple more than 45 years after its release and its lyric about the “Hammer of the Gods” supplied the title to a legendarily salacious biography of the band.
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin have been notoriously stingy with allowing their music to be used in movies over the years, famously denying Cameron Crowe permission to use “Stairway to Heaven” in his 2000 film Almost Famous. However, “Immigrant Song” was indeed included both in the trailers for Thor: Ragnarok and in the film itself. Director Taika Waititi, who used the song in a sizzle reel that helped him get the job in the first place, is said to have demanded clearance of the song, which was granted at the last minute, albeit without Zeppelin allowing any changes to the song’s orchestral arrangement. The song’s use in the film has led to a skyrocketing amount of traction on streaming services. Now, it’s popping up somewhere unexpected.
In a new viral video from the podcast Knights of Rant, “Immigrant Song” is overlaid not the Thor movie, but rather another iconic Disney franchise: The scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in which Kylo Ren reaches for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber and it instead flies into the hand of Rey.
In the 30-second video, instead of the familiar tones of John Williams’ “Binary Sunset” that were in the actual film, we’re instead treated to Page’s guitar intro and Plant’s wail, as Rey grabs the lightsaber and prepares for combat.
“Immigrant Song” was a natural fit for the Thor movies, considering its lyrics are about the travels of Vikings and Norse gods and, of course, the “Hammer of the Gods.” If Led Zeppelin was going to let their music in a movie, Thor was as good a fit as possible.
Being set in a galaxy far, far away and all, Star Wars doesn’t have much use for contemporary pop music. But even if The Force Awakens’ greatest moment was pretty great on its own, the Zeppelin riff is at least good for a laugh.