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The 50 Greatest Led Zeppelin Songs
Guitar World ^ | Jimmy Brown

Posted on 01/09/2014 6:50:25 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

From “Dazed and Confused” to “You Shook Me” … from “Tangerine” to “The Lemon Song” … from “Trampled Under Foot” to “Stairway to Heaven” … Guitar World presents a critical analysis of the classic-rock group’s best tracks.

(Excerpt) Read more at guitarworld.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: jimmypage; ledzeppelin; music; rockandroll
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Jimmy Page turns 70 years old today.
1 posted on 01/09/2014 6:50:25 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Geeeeze, I feel old....
Is “Misty Mountain Hop” or “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” on the list?
These guys were really sumpthin’ in their day...sigh


2 posted on 01/09/2014 6:56:43 AM PST by matginzac
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To: ConservativeStatement

‘Babe I’m Gonna Leave You’

a better ‘Zeppelin’ ballad than ‘Stairway’....which I love.

saw them at the 1969 Newport Jazz festival...Bitchin’!!!

never heard of them before that....

a black friend(deceased) and fellow Cowboy Action shooter liked various blues music(black and white) including ‘Cream’...he once told me he didn’t get what “you guys” get outta Led Zeppelin....

I told him “ Its a white thing, you wouldn’t understand”.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 6:59:25 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: matginzac

At about the 2 minute mark of nobody’s fault but mine, witness the greatest harmonica-drums-guitar-bass jam of all time. The wanton song and when the levee breaks- they just don’t write em like that anymore.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 7:00:10 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Vaquero
saw them at the 1969 Newport Jazz festival...Bitchin’!!!

So did I. A preview of Woodstock 3 weeks later.

When LZ One came out it had no antecedent.

5 posted on 01/09/2014 7:01:58 AM PST by AU72
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To: Tulane

“When the Levee Breaks” would be my top pick.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 7:03:14 AM PST by Washi (Stop Obama's War On Jobs)
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To: matginzac
I looked for Misty Mountain and didn't see it, a comment mentioned its omission. Tough to please everyone but I'd take Misty Mountain over Tangerine any day of the week. Nobody’s Fault did make it, at #17. “For Your Life” even made the list, an often overlooked song.
7 posted on 01/09/2014 7:05:14 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

70? Wow. I saw them in 1973 in Tampa. They played 3 songs , Rain Song was amazing. Then it rained, the band left and a small riot ensued. Sigh...good times.


8 posted on 01/09/2014 7:05:41 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: AU72

absolutely....sorry they never made it to Woodstock. I went to both.

don’t remember a lot....so I guess I wuz there....

and LZ 1 and 2 are still my favorite and my MP3 player in my car has most LZ in my travel playlist. which includes popular music from the late 30s to the early 80s when, in my humble opinion, the music DIED. the wife likes most of it but cant handle the 1940s swing music...


9 posted on 01/09/2014 7:06:39 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
I don't think there are 50 songs by Led Zep than can be considered good much less great. They had a few good songs, not 50 great ones.
10 posted on 01/09/2014 7:06:56 AM PST by detective
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To: subterfuge

This show?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08TRFcoiksY


11 posted on 01/09/2014 7:08:11 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Revolting cat!

I could see 50 great songs that Jimmy Page played on but I’m surprised to learn that Zep has 50 songs. They play no more than 8 on the radio.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 7:09:13 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Over the Hills and Far Away” will always be my favorite. I made sure I learned that opening guitar riff when I began playing guitar.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 7:09:39 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: detective

all of LZ 1 and 2....how many is that? maybe 24?

it does thin down after than, but there are some wonderful exceptions like ‘Stairway’ and ‘Rock and Roll’ both from LZ4.


14 posted on 01/09/2014 7:11:29 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Happy Birthday Jimmy...I used to lock my self in my room on a self imposed bread and water diet until I figured out his licks. Saved for a starburst Les Paul that looked similar. Had the same haircut..or lack thereof. It was SO freakin easy to get laid in the 70s by simply peekin out from under your mop and pickin out Stairway or the Rain Song. I miss those days.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 7:14:01 AM PST by Into the Vortex
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rain Song, Ramble On, No Quarter, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, and Going to California would be my favorites...today.


16 posted on 01/09/2014 7:14:27 AM PST by needmorePaine
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To: detective
I don't think there are 50 songs by Led Zep than can be considered good much less great. They had a few good songs, not 50 great ones.


Well, music tastes are subjective and all, but the part in bold is absolutely insane.
17 posted on 01/09/2014 7:19:26 AM PST by needmorePaine
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To: detective
You're obviously not a Zeppelin fan, so why are you even on this thread? Just to rain on the parade?

Go find a Milli Vanilli thread.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

18 posted on 01/09/2014 7:23:16 AM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: needmorePaine

Do you think they had 50 great songs?


19 posted on 01/09/2014 7:24:17 AM PST by detective
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To: ConservativeStatement
Soundtrack of my youth. My faves (in no particular order):

Achilles' Last Stand
Since I've Been Loving You
Out on the Tiles
Dazed and Confused (the big, honking 26-minute extravaganza from the live album)
In My Time of Dying
How Many More Times
The Rain Song
The Song Remains the Same
The Lemon Song
No Quarter
Tea for One

Could go on and on. Happy birthday Jimmy!

20 posted on 01/09/2014 7:26:15 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: matginzac

I was never that big of a Zeppelin fan until later in life. I’m really partial to the Physical Graffiti collection. “In the Light” is still one of my favorites.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 7:26:19 AM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: wku man
I actually like zep. I am trying to mix a little reality and balance with the mindless worship.

I have never listened to Milli Vanilli.

22 posted on 01/09/2014 7:28:15 AM PST by detective
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To: Mich Patriot
I had a teenage crush on a next door neighbor years ago. She was a cutie. One night, I parked my old LeMans and from the house next door I could hear “In the Light” cranked. That was 30 years ago and I maintain a great memory from my youth.
23 posted on 01/09/2014 7:29:36 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: detective

I don’t know. They have a lot of great ones. That wasn’t my point of contention. Saying they had just “a few good songs” is nutty.


24 posted on 01/09/2014 7:31:13 AM PST by needmorePaine
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To: needmorePaine

I probably should have said some good songs and a few great ones.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:08 AM PST by detective
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To: detective

When the Levee Breaks ..Bonhams drum groove at the beginning sets the tone for the entire song just great stuff .........


26 posted on 01/09/2014 7:33:44 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: subterfuge

Not Rain Song, The Song Remains The Same...sheesh.


27 posted on 01/09/2014 7:34:47 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: detective

I tend to agree with you. They had a handful of great songs. Not 50. Saw Zepplin live in 1977 btw. Was a really good show.


28 posted on 01/09/2014 7:35:28 AM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Since I’ve Been Loving You” at number six - glad it made the top 10- always thought LZ III was their best album by far.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 7:48:52 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Vaquero
the wife likes most of it but cant handle the 1940s swing music...

I remember Dave Brubeck at Newport doing "Take 5" which I think was the lead in to LZ.

30 posted on 01/09/2014 7:54:27 AM PST by AU72
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To: ConservativeStatement

Black Dog still brings memories of smoky basement parties after the high school football games :) Strawberry Hill wine and Steve Penberthy puking up spaghetti on my shoes.

Ahhhh.....good times!


31 posted on 01/09/2014 7:57:12 AM PST by Clintons Are White Trash (If stupid ever reaches $150 a barrel then I want the drilling rights to Maxine Water's head.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Viking Kitties/Immigrant Song
32 posted on 01/09/2014 8:14:40 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Tulane

Totally agree! Amen...


33 posted on 01/09/2014 8:17:51 AM PST by matginzac
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To: ConservativeStatement

Holy moley! MMH not on the list = crap list


34 posted on 01/09/2014 8:19:21 AM PST by matginzac
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To: ConservativeStatement
Thanks CS...add up all the songs referenced here...bet you get 50 ! Led Zeppelin - Gallows Pole
35 posted on 01/09/2014 8:19:38 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: ConservativeStatement; Revolting cat!

From July 1963
Neil Christian & The Crusaders With Jimmy Page - I Like It
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6i-BTxsTt0

From 1968
The Yardbirds: I’m Waiting For My Man
From the final U.S. tour in the spring and summer of 1968. Recorded at the Shrine Exposition Hall in L.A. Personnel are Keith Relf (vocals & harp), Chris Dreja (bass), Jim McCarty (vocals & drums) and Jimmy Page (guitar). “The British quartet were the first major group to cover a Velvet Underground song.”
What the Youtuber didn’t know is that David Bowie had recorded this by April of 1967
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBRmpNXQF4w


36 posted on 01/09/2014 8:21:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

I had to make sure that ‘Celebration Day’ was on the list.


37 posted on 01/09/2014 8:21:53 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: virgil283
I came across a Boston rock radio station's top 1000 songs countdown which concluded this past new year's eve. Zeppelin had nearly 40 songs in the countdown. Not bad. Oddly, Heart's version of “Stairway to Heaven” was the top song. My guess is the Zepp version was the true #1 and the station opted for something different.
38 posted on 01/09/2014 8:22:51 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Psalm 73
always thought LZ III was their best album by far

Agreed.

39 posted on 01/09/2014 8:23:57 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Good Times Bad Times

You mean they recorded more music? I liked the first song on the first album so much I almost never listened to anything else.

40 posted on 01/09/2014 8:25:02 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Washi

Great party song back in the day. I have to say I love No Quarter also.


41 posted on 01/09/2014 8:25:10 AM PST by angcat
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To: a fool in paradise

You may find this interesting, it was posted two days ago on a music website:

http://www.hennemusic.com/2014/01/led-zeppelin-lost-jimmy-page-track.html

One of the many tracks cut by Jimmy Page in his pre-Led Zeppelin days as a session man has surfaced on a television trailer for the BBC’s weather forecast.

Mojo reports “I’ve Got Everything You Need Babe” by British band The Fenmen was released in 1965 following the band’s split with frontman Bern Elliott.

Page, who estimates he recorded three sessions per day in 1964 and 1965, identified his presence on the track when he saw the trailer on television.

“I heard the track the other day while I was watching TV,” Page told Mojo last fall. “I thought, ‘Oh. That sound familiar.’ Then, all of a sudden there’s a solo that comes in and I go, ‘That is me!’ It’s something that I would have forgotten about had I not heard it again. In fact, if they hadn’t left the solo on the trailer, I may not have known I’d even played on that track.”

Page recalls playing on records by artists as diverse as The Kinks, The Who and Petula Clark.

“I did so many sessions and not all of them were big,” says Page. “But I was on all of those big sessions with Tony Hatch and I did a string of records with Petula Clark that did really well. You know what? I think I might even have been on a Benny Hill track, that’s how varied things were!” he laughs, recalling sessions that took place prior to his joining The Yardbirds in the summer of 1966.

These days, Page has been busy working on the planned Led Zeppelin reissues project, which has been scheduled to begin this year.

“The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues – comprising of ‘Led Zeppelin I,’ ‘Led Zeppelin II’ and ‘Led Zeppelin III’ – will be released this year,” wrote Page on his website. “I’ve also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014.”

The guitarist recently confirmed that the reissues will include unreleased material by the band.


42 posted on 01/09/2014 8:25:37 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
Oddly, Heart's version of “Stairway to Heaven” was the top song.

Heart does a good version of "Rock and Roll" (and a great version of "Long Tall Sally / I'm Down"). But I've never heard them do "Stairway to Heaven".

43 posted on 01/09/2014 8:26:51 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Hoodat
Kashmir
44 posted on 01/09/2014 8:31:31 AM PST by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Since I’ve Been Loving You”, one of my fav guitar solos. The dynamics in that song still give me chills.


45 posted on 01/09/2014 8:31:40 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: Mich Patriot
I'll have to agree on "In the light"..

I think 'Dancing Days' has the best beat of any song, EVER: Dancing Days

'Physical Graffiti' is overall the best Zepp album.

And this DVD is a MUST HAVE.. Tons of great live footage in here:


46 posted on 01/09/2014 8:31:47 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: Hoodat

It was recorded in 2012 at the Kennedy Center for a ceremony honoring Zeppelin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e2fJfiddx4


47 posted on 01/09/2014 8:33:16 AM PST by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Hoodat
HD...I haven't heard it either HEART - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
48 posted on 01/09/2014 8:34:27 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: Obama_Is_A_Feminist

Oooops, also ‘Dazed and Confused’ as well. Love the simple yet effective bass intro..


49 posted on 01/09/2014 8:34:37 AM PST by Obama_Is_A_Feminist
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yes! That’s awesome. Thanks!


50 posted on 01/09/2014 8:38:47 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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