My 40 favorite songs by Led Zeppelin

Posted: January 31, 2019 in Rankings

Still reviewing and cataloging all music, I was curious about certain groups and artists and how I feel about their music today. I decided to rank the songs of some of the greats and after kicking things off with the Beatles, it’s time to dive all the way into rock ‘n roll with another elite supergroup. Possibly my favorite band of all time and in fact I had considered Led Zeppelin as just that for many, many years. Now that I’m into my 40s though, the “modern” bands that I didn’t at the time think qualified…suddenly do. Pearl Jam is no longer “new”, but are actual Hall-of-Famers with 25 years under their belt. But Zeppelin will always be legends and their songs will always hold up.

From my own yearly classifications, 12 of their songs ranked as “awesome” (that’s more than I had for the Beatles, at eight) with an additional 10 garnering the “great” moniker. Zeppelin ended up with 44 songs on my year-by-year lists, and that’s an amazing accomplishment considering they only recorded 108 songs. Nearly half got on my list of favorites.

In putting this together, I decided to do away with the classifications and give my own hard ranking. With the understanding that, depending on mood, any of these songs can slide up or down 20 spots pretty easily. It was definitely not an easy task. And of course, I shouldn’t have to explain that the 40th song ranked here is not their worst song – remember they have 108 songs recorded, so the 40th song actually tops 68 others.

The four songs that made my year-by-year list but did not crack the Top 40 are: No Quarter (1973), I’m Gonna Crawl (1979), For Your Life (1976) and Baby Come on Home (1982).

1 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971
2 Over the Hills and Far Away Led Zeppelin 1973
3 Bron-Y-Aur Stomp Led Zeppelin 1970
4 Hey, Hey, What Can I Do Led Zeppelin 1982
5 D’yer Mak’er Led Zeppelin 1973
6 Ramble On Led Zeppelin 1969
7 Thank You Led Zeppelin 1969
8 Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin 1969
9 Tangerine Led Zeppelin 1970
10 Black Dog Led Zeppelin 1971
11 Kashmir Led Zeppelin 1975
12 Traveling Riverside Blues Led Zeppelin 1982
13 When the Levee Breaks Led Zeppelin 1971
14 Misty Mountain Hop Led Zeppelin 1971
15 Immigrant Song Led Zeppelin 1970
16 Your Time Is Gonna Come Led Zeppelin 1969
17 What Is and What Should Never Be Led Zeppelin 1969
18 The Ocean Led Zeppelin 1973
19 All My Love Led Zeppelin 1979
20 Heartbreaker Led Zeppelin 1969
21 Dazed and Confused Led Zeppelin 1969
22 Good Times Bad Times Led Zeppelin 1969
23 Rock and Roll Led Zeppelin 1971
24 Fool In The Rain Led Zeppelin 1979
25 In The Evening Led Zeppelin 1979
26 Gallows Pole Led Zeppelin 1970
27 Dancing Days Led Zeppelin 1973
28 Out on the Tiles Led Zeppelin 1970
29 Going to California Led Zeppelin 1971
30 Moby Dick Led Zeppelin 1969
31 Four Sticks Led Zeppelin 1971
32 Nobody’s Fault But Mine Led Zeppelin 1976
33 Friends Led Zeppelin 1970
34 The Lemon Song Led Zeppelin 1969
35 Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin 1975
36 Celebration Day Led Zeppelin 1970
37 That’s the Way Led Zeppelin 1970
38 Communication Breakdown Led Zeppelin 1969
39 Trampled Underfoot Led Zeppelin 1975
40 Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman) Led Zeppelin 1969

 

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