Top 10 Best Led Zeppelin Songs of All Time
Led Zeppelin built a fiery blues style and contributed some of the most recognizable songs in music. The sounds of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transcends heavy metal, blues, or folk. From their formation in 1968 on, their guitar riffs continue to echo in the airwaves. Here is our take on Led Zeppelin’s top 10 song list. Let’s see if you agree.
Ramble On (1969)
The song demonstrates Jimmy Page’s ability to draw the listener in with an acoustic intro, then kick it into overdrive. It embodies the idea of moving from one place to another and constantly moving forward. This one goes back to Zeppelin’s early days.
Immigrant Song (1970)
The song is about the band visiting Iceland in 1970. Lyrics about the “land of ice and snow” and references to mythology were intended to be funny, though many did not take it that way. It was used in the movie School of Rock.
When the Levee Breaks (1971)
Featuring lyrics by Memphis Minnie McCoy from 1929, this song is noted for the backwards echo effect on Page’s harmonica. The drums have been sampled on various rap songs. It was rarely played live because of the complex arrangement.
Achilles Last Stand (1976)
A big sound guides lyrics referencing the Atlas Mountains and the Trojan War. The song is over 10 minutes long and a highlight of Led Zeppelin live concerts.
Since I’ve Been Loving You (1970)
A slow blues affair with lots of soul. Page’s strong solo was actually his demo take and fits perfectly with aggressive organ playing and Robert Plant’s shrieking vocals.
Ten Years Gone (1975)
Fourteen carefully orchestrated guitar tracks guide lyrics about when Plant’s girlfriend asked him to choose between her and music. In early concerts, a 3-neck guitar was played by John Paul Jones. The song stands out as a classic and as a statement on the power of music.
Whole Lotta Love (1969)
With backward echo and metal slide driven riff, Whole Lotta Love is one of Zeppelin’s biggest songs. It was the first single in the U.S. and their only Top 10 hit here. In 2014, BBC Radio 2 listeners voted the guitar riff as the best ever.
It has one of the group’s most signature guitar riffs. At almost the same length as “Stairway to Heaven”, the song was a breakthrough in getting radio play. The intensity is admirable while not pegging the tune as Heavy Metal or part of any specific genre.
Dazed and Confused (1969)
Originally recorded by Jake Holmes, this 1967 song was remade by Page into an epic live jam. It demonstrates powerful vocals, guitars, and a cello bow. A psychedelic blues arrangement has enabled the band to improvise on it for up to 45 minutes in concert.
Stairway to Heaven (1971)
Released in 1971, this 8-minute production is among the most recognized tunes ever. Its slow building intensity escalates into a masterpiece of improvisation and power. The acoustic start alone is beautiful and unmistakable.
Are these your favorite Led Zeppelin songs? These and many more from the legendary group have endured for decades. They represent some of the most recognizable guitar riffs, vocals, and arrangements of all time.