MY 33 FAVORITE RECORDING ARTISTS- #24 LED ZEPPELIN

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Led Zeppelin comes in at #24 on My 33 Favorite Recording Artists list. I have never been wild crazy about Led Zeppelin where they would have been in my Top 10 but I’ve always been a fan and they would probably always have been on a Top 30 list of favorites.

Led Zeppelin released eight albums in the years 1969-79. In the fall of 1980 with the death of drummer John Bonham they disbanded. They were a hit from day 1- of their eight albums -six went to #1 in the US. The debut album peaked at #7 and incredibly their greatest selling album- Led Zeppelin IV- peaked at #2. In the UK their debut peaked at #6- the rest went to #1.

Led Zeppelin wasn’t interested in hit singles- they had six Top 40 hits in the US- none in the UK. The singles were all record company doings. One thing I have always had a problem with concerning Led Zeppelin and they have admitted to this- the open stealing off of other artists- mainly blues artists. Below is a list of the ‘inspired by others’ songs. Most of the ‘inspired’ songs came on their first few albums. Except for a couple in which Willie Dixon is credited the others aren’t. I like it when artists give credit to those who inspired them- or when they cover the artists they give them credit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Led_Zeppelin_songs_written_or_inspired_by_others

They were great musicians- John Bonham is without question one of the best drummers in rock history- Jimmy Page is always listed among the greatest guitarists and John Paul Jones an outstanding bassist and keyboardist. Robert Plant could well be the greatest hard rock singer. I was too young to have seen Led Zeppelin but in the mid-90’s I did see the Page-Plant Tour- which is probably as close as we will ever see to a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

FAVORITE LED ZEPPELIN SONGS:

  • GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES
  • DAZED AND CONFUSED
  • COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
  • WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
  • THE LEMON SONG
  • HEARTBREAKER
  • RAMBLE ON
  • IMMIGRANT SONG
  • GALLOWS POLE
  • TANGERINE
  • BLACK DOG
  • STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
  • WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
  • MISTY MOUNTAIN TOP
  • THE RAIN SONG
  • DANCING DAYS
  • KASHMIR
  • CUSTARD PIE
  • IN MY DAYS OF DYING
  • TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT
  • ACHILLES LAST STAND
  • IN THE EVENING
  • ALL MY LOVE
  • HEY, HEY WHAT CAN I DO

favorite Led Zeppelin albums- I’d recommend them all but especially like Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti.

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7 responses to “MY 33 FAVORITE RECORDING ARTISTS- #24 LED ZEPPELIN

  1. I just counted up the “stolen” songs (total 22) and the number of songs they recorded (107), which is close to 20% of their catalogue. Not good. I’m sure they aren’t the only ones who’ve stolen songs, but it does disappoint me that they did. I love their command of the tunes (owned or unowned) and how tight they played together.

    • When I was a student in the early eighties a few of us shared the first two floors of a house in Camberwell, South London. The top floor was rented by a Canadian guy who was a) a singer/song writer – John Werner from memory and b) really, really nice.
      My room was right by the front door and one day, whilst I had Achilles’s Last Stand (rather loud) on, there was thumping on my room door. I opened it to find an unusually angry John. ‘Where did you get that music from?’ he asked. I explained it was LZ. He was deflated. It turned out he had also written the ‘da-da-daaa-daa da da daaaa’ bit in one of his songs and thought I had gone up to the second floor to nick his work. So Led Zep were also time travellers, the villains!

    • LZ had interband tensions. Page/Plant excluded Jones in post Bonham reunions and Plant criticised Page’s drug use in songs that Page played on. Reminds me of Paul Simon openly slagging off Art Garfunkel whilst also getting him to provide the harmonies and also Ian Gillan ripping apart Ritchie Blackmore (in Spanish Archer – the old el bow) whilst the man in black himself provided a spectacular backing.

  2. I do like a lot of their music. Some of their albums are classic but I was never a huge fan…
    I will say their 2007 reunion concert was great. They sounded excellent.

  3. Plant and Jones are the most diverse though both working across a variety of genres, and reinventing their own material for new audiences. You know it’s a bit of a heresy to say “Not in my top ten.” 🙂 but then I’m very biased.

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