In memory of Leslie West, a true American classic

Leslie West, front and center, with his Mountain co-star, Felix Pappalardi.

Maybe the greatest hard rock song of all-time is Mississippi Queen by Mountain. At just two-and-a-half minutes long, it does everything hard rock should do. You’ve got a cowbell, some freight train riffs, a louder-than-life vocalist singing about sex, and sweet, bluesy, lyrical lead guitar. The song has, as of this writing, 108 million plays on Spotify.