It is easy to forget about Led Zeppelin after they have been out of the picture for such a long time. Nevertheless, Led Zeppelin, the group consisting of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Johns and John Bonham, is widely considered the most innovative, influential and successful rock group in history. After all, they are one of the best selling artists in history with an estimated 300 million albums sold. In 1995, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So what are some of the best Led Zeppelin songs? Let’s find out.
15 Best Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time
Dazed and Confused (1969)
This is a psychedelic blues piece that went on to become the centerpiece of their stage performances for many years. The original version of this song was recorded by Jake Holmes in 1967. Zeppelin re-imagined the song for their debut.
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (1969)
They picked up this song from a Joan Baez record. If you are a fan of 60’s rock, you will notice that it’s a heavy jam on a familiar song like what Vanilla Fudge and Blue Cheer
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Whole Lotta Love (1969)
"Whole Lotta Love" was brutish, obscene and absolutely awesome. It was Zeppelin’s opening track for their second album. It became their first hit single and was certified Gold in 1970 after selling one million copies. In 2004, the song found its way into the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list in the Rolling Stone magazine.
Good Times Bad Times (1969)
This was the first song on the first album. The song featured a stun gun riff and a syncopated, restless drum pattern that highlighted Bonham’s awesome technique. Page was so amazed by what Bonham had pulled off in the song that he actually called him superhuman since he was not playing with the double kick.
How Many More Times (1969)
This song is mostly remembered for Paul’s "Green Onions"-like walking bass line, and the manner in which the song’s into
Immigrant Song (1970)
The opening line in this song is as ominous as they come – “we come from the land of ice and snow”. The inspiration for the song came from their concert in Iceland in June of 1970. This is a time of the year when the sun never fully sets. This song is one of my all-time favorites, and I think it's one of the Led Zeppenlin's best song.
Since I've Been Loving You (1970)
When led Zeppelin was preparing for their third album, this was one of the very first songs to record. It was recorded live in studio with almost no
When the Levee Breaks (1971)
The lyrics to this song were copied from Memphis Minnie. The song was originally inspired by the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi flood in 1927. Led Zeppelin reworked it and used it as the last song
Black Dog (1971)
This is the opening track of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album. According to Plant, the song’s title was inspired by a black Labrador Retriever that entered the studio during recording. The Retriever was sexually adventurous despite his age, much like the song’s protagonist.
Stairway to Heaven (1971)
This is the signature power ballad of Led Zeppelin IV. Composed by Page and Plant, the song is billed as one of the best rock songs of all time. Some consider it as one of the best Led Zeppelin songs. This 8-minute song has 3 sections with each one progressively increasing in tempo, from Plant’s lyrical mysticism to Page’s spiraling solo.
Over the Hills and Far Away (1973)
This unusually poppy
This is one of the few that featured a guest musician. From their 6
Trampled Under Foot (1975)
This is one of the tightest, thickest stomps by the band due to the exceptional work John Paul Jones did with the
Achilles Last Stand (1976)
This was the first track