Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs
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Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs

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Formed in 1968 in London, England, Led Zeppelin made a name for themselves with their hard rock sound that blended blues and folk music. Thanks to their incredible body of work, the band is one of the most successful and influential rock acts ever. For this list, we've chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist's fan favorites with their most commercially successful songs. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 Led Zeppelin songs. Special thanks to our users joeshaiker, Randy Borre, Al Bebak, Jack Morris and iamnotarobot for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest.
They’ve got a whole lotta love. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Led Zeppelin songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites with their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
Led Zeppelin III (1970)

Featuring an incredible solo by Jimmy Page, this blues rock number off Led Zeppelin III also features John Paul Jones on the Hammond organ. Since it allowed room for on-the-spot creativity and experimentation, “Since I’ve Been Loving You” was often played in concert. The band used it not only to show off their musical talents but also to express their appreciation for the blues.

#9: “Over the Hills and Far Away”
Houses of the Holy (1973)

Mixing folk rock and hard rock, this track from Houses of the Holy had Page playing acoustic and electric guitar alongside Robert Plant’s characteristic vocals. But what really makes “Over the Hills and Far Away” stand out is how well John Bonham’s drums and John Paul Jones’ bass work together. Though it only charted within the Billboard Hot 100’s top sixty, the single allowed the members to play with its lyrics and musical parts during live performances.

#8: “Dazed and Confused”
Led Zeppelin (1969)

Though singer-songwriter Jake Holmes actually wrote “Dazed and Confused”, Page first contributed guitar work to a recording of the track when The Yardbirds covered it in the mid-60s. He then brought it to his Led Zep band mates who added heavy metal, blues and hard rock flavors to the psychedelic rock original. With different lyrics, an altered melody, and Page’s use of a bow to play his guitar, it quickly became one of their most performed pieces.

#7: “Going to California”
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

Lacking Bonham’s drums and the characteristic hard rock and heavy metal sound Led Zeppelin was becoming known for, “Going to California” sees the band going for a more folk rock vibe with great success. With Jones on mandolin, Page on acoustic guitar and Plant singing his heart out, the song also showcases the band’s softer side and incredible range.

#6: “Ramble On”
Led Zeppelin II (1969)

It may have been co-written by Page and Plant, but “Ramble On” is also a fine example of Jones and Bonham’s musical chemistry. With lyrics inspired by “The Lord of the Rings,” “Ramble On” is a four-and-a-half minute number that fittingly mixes folk rock with hard rock. But it also proves that Page wasn’t only a talented guitarist but a talented producer as well.

#5: “Kashmir”
Physical Graffiti (1975)

Despite being 8-and-a-half-minutes long, this Physical Graffiti track found radio airplay and much critical praise. Inspired by Eastern music, Led Zeppelin skillfully blended hard rock, art rock, progressive rock and symphonic rock to create one of the songs they’re most proud of. With its famous chord progression and musical contributions from session players, “Kashmir” wasn’t only a live staple but also a band favorite.

#4: “Black Dog”
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

With its unforgettable Jones-penned riff and inimitable energy, “Black Dog” is one of the band’s most well-known tracks. Alternating between a capella vocals and musical sections, the top 20 hit was the perfect fusion of Led Zeppelin’s hard rock and blues rock style. It also quickly made its way into the band’s concert set lists.

#3: “Stairway to Heaven”
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

Clocking in at just over 8 minutes long, this folk and hard rock number may be the band’s most famous song. Thanks to Page’s complex guitar work and Plant’s unique singing style, “Stairway to Heaven” isn’t only one of Led Zeppelin’s finest songs but also one of the greatest songs in rock and roll. It wasn’t even released as a single, but still its haunting lyrics, memorable guitar solo and multiple musical sections have left an immeasurable and all-encompassing influence on later artists.

#2: “When the Levee Breaks”
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

After Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie wrote and recorded this blues tune in 1929, Led Zeppelin tried their hand at it in the early 1970s. The band’s version of the track added hard rock to the mix through Bonham’s deep drums, Page’s guitar and Plant’s vocals and harmonica-playing. The result was an effects-heavy number that’s as subtle as it is complex but also oh-so-Zeppelin.

Honorable Mentions

“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” Led Zeppelin (1969)
“The Rain Song,” Houses of the Holy (1973)
“Rock and Roll,” Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
“Communication Breakdown,” Led Zeppelin (1969)

#1: “Whole Lotta Love”
Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Though “Whole Lotta Love” is filled with a whole lotta guitar goodness, it’s Page’s blues-influenced power riffing during the intro that remains implanted in our brains. Taken from their sophomore effort, the track became their first American top 5 hit. Thanks to Plant’s wailing, Page’s riffing, Bonham’s drum solo and Jones’ timeless bass, this gold-certified track is undoubtedly one of the band’s signature tunes and best songs.

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