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VIDEO: Jimmy Page playing air guitar affects us all (1)Erica Banas // Rock music reporter9 January

Jimmy Page has proven that he is one of the most talented people to ever play the guitar. He also proved to be one of the greatest figures in rock history.

But one thing that can sometimes get lost in his mystique is the fact that he's also a fan. To thelove isRock 'n' roll and blues. Without her, it probably wouldn't exist anymore.

Evidence wanted? Check out this scene from the 2008 filmcan get high. Look at the joy on his face as he strums his guitar to Link Wray's "Rumble" and hears Muddy Waters' "I Can't Be Satisfied." How many times have you done the same thing with Whole Lotta Love or Good Times Bad Times or another Led Zeppelin classic? Probably too many to count.

Never forget this comforting thought: Some of the best musicians are often also the biggest fans.

Led Zeppelin: All 92 songs rated

  • 92. „Sick Again“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    Much of Led Zeppelin's back catalog hasn't aged at all... but this song about underage groupies has. The Ick factor in this area goes up to 11. (EB)

  • 91. „10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod“ – „Presence“ (Neuauflage 2015)

    This was a previously unreleased track from the recent Zeppelin catalog relaunch campaign orchestrated by Jimmy Page. Sometimes the bonus tracks on re-releases offer hidden gems, and sometimes they're tracks that need to be hidden. This instrumental is a case of the latter. (EB)

  • 90. "St. Tristan's Sword" - "Coda" (Reissue 2015)

    Similar to "10 Ribs & All/Carrot Pod Pod," this is just another previously unreleased track being used to justify a reissue campaign. (EB)

  • 89. "La La" - Taken from "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

    An instrumental jam that didn't make it onto the band's second LP had a poppier sound than the rest of the album, opening with a bright R&B-tinged organ riff. It's interesting to imagine what could have become of it, but as it stands it's an oddity, not a classic. (BI)

  • 88. "Carouselambra" - "In Through the Door" (1979)

    There are many "epics" in Zeppelin's back catalog, but this one will probably have you thinking, "Is it over yet?" Like a real carousel, this song goes around in circles without getting anywhere. (EB)

  • 87. "Tea for One" - Presence (1976)

    For a band whose back catalog is so blues-soaked, this blues song is just big meh. (EB)

  • 86. "Sunshine Woman" - "The Complete BBC Sessions" (2016)

    Long faked and finally getting an official release on the re-issue of 'The BBC Sessions', poor audio quality doesn't do this track any favours. The song as a whole didn't do anything particularly good for the BBC reissue other than just being something we'd never heard before. (EB)

  • 85. "Sugar Mama" - "Coda" (Reissue 2015)

    A previously unreleased departure from the 2015 reissue of Coda, it strangely sounds more like something Greta Van Fleet would release now than Zeppelin. (EB)

  • 84. "The Girl I Love Has Long Wavy Hair" - "BBC Sessions" (1997)

    The band performed this song only once, on 6 June 1969 on the BBC program Chris Grant's Tasty Pop Sundae. Robert Johnson, which you borrowed from here (and from other parts of the catalogue). (BI)

  • 83. "Royal Orleans" - "Presence" (1976)

    This song starts off strong thanks to a duel between Page and Bonham but doesn't go any further. (EB)

  • 82. "Walter's Walk" - "Coda" (1982)

    There were a handful of standouts on "Coda", but unfortunately this excerpt from "Houses of the Holy" wasn't one of them. (EB)

  • 81. „Darlene“ – Coda (1982)

    "Darlene" was probably perceived as an addictive track, but it comes across as more repetitive (almost boring) than anything else. (EB)

  • 80. "Hots On for Nowhere" - "Präsenz" (1976)

    That would be a throwaway track on any other Zeppelin album, but it sticks to 'Presence'. (EB)

  • 79. "Candy Store Rock" - "Presencia" (1976)

    The only single released from 'Presence', 'Candy Store Rock', is an attempt at rockabilly hoopla, but lacks the Bo Diddley energy that Zeppelin was clearly trying to channel. (EB)

  • 78. "Black Country Woman" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    An admittedly nice acoustic song from the "Houses of the Holy" recording sessions, but one that just doesn't stand out from the other standout tracks on "Physical Graffiti". (EB)

  • 77. "For Your Life" - "Presence" (1976)

    He may have suffered from having to follow "Achilles Last Stand," but "For Your Life" seems to be dragging on. Plant's voice sounds strained, but that's probably because he's still recovering from a horrific car accident. One wonders what he might have been if he had been in full health. (EB)

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  • 76. "Night Flight" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    The elements of a great song are there, but "Night Flight" just doesn't take off. (EB)

  • 75. "Armor Tom" – "Coda" (1982)

    "Poor Tom" would have been an album track for an average band, but Zeppelin cut it from the "Led Zeppelin III" sessions. The harmonica at the end of the song is absolutely gorgeous. (EB)

  • 74. "Boogie with Stu" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    The "Stu" in the song's title is Ian Stewart, a founding member of the Rolling Stones who was demoted to non-member status by his original manager, Andrew Loog Oldham; He felt that the pianist's clean image was not appropriate for the band. As a fan of rock 'n' roll and early boogie-woogie, Ian Stewart was the perfect guy to tickle this song. The songwriting was done under the four Zep members Stewart and "Mrs. Valens," widow of Ritchie Valens, while building the song around Valens' 1950s hit "Ooh My Head" (BI)

  • 73. "Let's dance" - "Coda" (1982)

    Based on the Ben E. King song "Groovin'", "We're Gonna Groove" was originally intended for "Led Zeppelin II". make their second album ten tracks instead of just nine. (BI)

  • 72. "Happy Birthday to (Roy) Harper" - "Led Zeppelin III" (1970)

    Another blues arrangement. This time the inspiration was based on Bukka White's Delta blues song "Shake 'Em On Down" as an ode to Zeppelin's friend and folksinger Roy Harper. (Fun fact: Harper provides lead vocals on Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar.") It's an odd closing song from "Led Zeppelin III," but it's entertaining nonetheless. (EB)

  • 71. "Me sacudiste" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    This version of Willie Dixon's "You Shook Me" isn't bad, but it just doesn't compare to other zeppelin blues arrangements and performances. (EB)

  • 70. „Down By the Seaside“ – „Graffiti físico“ (1975)

    Unlike "Led Zeppelin IV," his dreamy, Neil Young-influenced streak would seem a bit out of place on this album, but it fits right in with the soft side three of "Physical Graffiti." (EB)

  • 69. "Use and Rip" - "Coda" (1982)

    An outtake of "In Through The Out Door" showed the band could be just as aggressive as the punk rock and new wave bands that were hot in the late '70s. Why it wasn't on the album is a mystery . (BI)

  • 68. „Black Mountain Side“ – „Led Zeppelin I“ (1969)

    A subtly bright instrumental track that serves as a great transition between the smooth "Your Time Is Gonna Come" and the intense "Communication Breakdown". (EB)

  • 67. "Out on the Tiles" - "Led Zeppelin III" (1970)

    The end of the first side of "Led Zeppelin III", "Out On the Tiles", starts off pretty well with a strong riff, but it gets repetitive towards the end of the song. It's not bad by any means, but it always feels like the music as a whole could have been more. (EB)

  • 66. „Tráelo a casa“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    Zeppelin took samples from Willie Dixon's well on several occasions, but sometimes they got too close to the well and gave no credit, leading to litigation. And like many times in their history, they settled out of court and corrected the credit for the omitted song. Regardless, "Bring It On Home" still brings 'Led Zeppelin II' to a solid conclusion. (EB)

  • 65. "Fast Gold" - "Graffiti físico" (1975)

    A nice instrumental by Jimmy Page, an outtake of "Led Zeppelin III" but has established itself as a kind of palate cleanser in "Physical Graffiti" after "In the Light". (EB)

  • 64. "South Bound Saurez" - Through the Outer Gate (1979)

    A fun honky tonk jam, Jones on piano is the highlight of this track. (EB)

  • 63. „Montreux de Bonzo“ – „Coda“ (1982)

    Essentially a solo song by John Bonham. "Bonzo's Montreux" showcases his powerful and innovative percussion; Jimmy Page added some electronic effects to the percussion fest. Most of the drum parts are only interesting for drummers; not the case here. Had this been released during his lifetime (it was recorded in 1976) it might have become as iconic as his drum solo "Moby Dick". (BI)

  • 62. "C'mon Everyone" - "Led Zeppelin DVD" (2003)

    A live version of a 1959 Eddie Cochran rockabilly classic, this is Zeppelin at its rawest and funniest. (BI)

  • 61. „I’m Gonna Crawl“ – „In Through The Out Door“ (1979)

    Plant really wails on this album, accompanied by Jones' synths, but it's hard not to get melancholy now knowing that it really was the end of Zeppelin. (EB)

  • 60. „Something Else“ – „BBC-Sessions“ (1997)

    The band recorded another version of another 1959 rockabilly classic by Eddie Cochran for the BBC show Chris Grant's Tasty Pop Sundae in 1969. John Paul Jones seems to be having a great time at the piano; In fact, it's one of Zeppelin's livelier performances. (BI)

  • 59. "Hot Dog" - "Through the Door" (1979)

    While Zeppelin always wore their blues influences on their sleeves, "Hot Dog" showed their love for rockabilly and rock 'n' roll of the 50s. Is it your best song? No, but it's fun to hear Robert Plant's version of Elvis Presley. But it might have worked better as a B-side.” (BI)

  • 58. "Nobody's Blame But Me" - "Presence" (1976)

    The other standout track on "Presence" (along with "Achilles Last Stand"), "Nobody's Fault But Mine," is Zeppelin's cover of Blind Willie Johnson's "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine" and features a harmonica solo by Plant. The start-stop nature of music can be unnerving, but like many other effects and techniques, Zeppelin finds a way to make it work. (EB)

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  • 57. „Baby Ozon“ – „Coda“ (1982)

    One of the best moments of 'Coda' that stayed while recording 'In Through The Out Door'. Had Zeppelin's current state been any different, it would have been fascinating to see what else they could have done with this track in the studio. (EB)

  • 56. "Into the Light" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    John Paul Jones and his synthesizer take center stage on this track, the second longest on "Physical Graffiti", with almost hypnotic highs and lows. (EB)

  • 55. „Key To The Highway/Trouble In Mind“ – Saida de Led Zeppelin III

    It's almost like ambushing Jimmy Page and Robert Plant listening to this acoustic jam from the "Led Zeppelin III" sessions. "Key To The Highway" was made famous by Big Bill Broonzy and was also covered by Eric Clapton with Derek and the Dominoes, John Lee Hooker, The Band and the Steve Miller Band. "Trouble In Mind" is a 1920's blues song that appeared in the repertoire of Nina Simone, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Spencer Davis Group. (BI)

  • 54. "I Can't Leave You Baby" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    Of the two Willie Dixon covers on Zeppelin's debut, "I Can't Quit You Baby" is leaps and bounds, although it doesn't stray too far from the source material. Plant's acrobatic singing doesn't hurt either. (EB)

  • 53. The Crunge - Houses of the Saints (1973)

    Zeppelin's tribute to James Brown hasn't been as successful as their many tributes to blues heroes, but "The Crunge" is one of their funniest songs, especially when Robert Plant interprets Brown's "Taking it to the Bridge"! ! shouting, "Has anyone seen the bridge? Have you seen the bridge yet? I didn't see the bridge! Where's that damn bridge? (BI)

  • 52. "Hey, hey, what can I do?" - "Led Zeppelin Box Set" (1990)

    It makes sense why many of Zeppelin's "unreleased" cuts were not included on any album to which their respective recording session was added, but "Hey, Hey What Can I Do" was not included on "Led Zeppelin III". still puzzling. Notably, it was the B-side to "Immigrant Song" on the track's UK release, but there was not to be an official US release before 1990. (EB)

  • 51. „The Pointless Song“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    Included on side four of "Physical Graffiti," "The Wanton Song" is arguably one of the most straight-forward hard rock tracks on the entire album, thanks to Page's energetic riffing. (EB)

  • 50. "Four Suits" - "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)

    Known for its unusual time signatures and John Bonham's use of two sets of sticks (hence the title), "Four Sticks" is truly a showcase for Bonzo and another example of his brilliance. (EB)

  • 49. „Puddingkuchen“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    John Paul Jones and his Clavinet make their first appearance on the opening theme of "Physical Graffiti", but it wasn't to be the last and the best was yet to come. As for the letters, you don't have to be a skilled linguist to figure out what they are. (EB)

  • 48. "The Lemon Song" - "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

    "Hold me baby until the juice runs down my leg." Even the least savvy can figure out what's going on here. Howlin' Wolf would, of course, soon receive songwriting credit for the song, which was more than a little inspired by his own "Killing Floor." (EB)

  • 47. „Der Rover“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    A slightly underrated song in the Zeppelin canon that the band never played in its entirety. The "if only we could join hands" refrain might have seemed trite, especially since the influence of punk rock made anything remotely hippie seem out of reach. "The Rover" had a long development period: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reportedly began working on the song during the writing sessions for 1970's "Led Zeppelin III" and began recording it during the "Houses Of" sessions. Definitely worth the wait. (BI)

  • 46. ​​"Baby Come On Home" - "Led Zeppelin Box Set 2" (1993)

    "Baby Come On Home" was recorded during the recording sessions for "Led Zeppelin I" but was not released until 1993 as the centerpiece of "Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2". but this Hammond organ-powered beauty of music nonetheless achieved net success on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart, peaking at number four more than a decade after Zep's death. (EB)

  • 45. "How Many Times Again" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    The second appearance of Jimmy Page's curve guitar on Zeppelin's debut How Many More Times epicly closes Led Zeppelin I and sets the stage for what would follow Led Zeppelin II nine months later. ' (EB)

  • 44. „Amigos“ – „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970)

    An undeniable beat and incredible, "Friends" served as the first acoustic sample of the almost disjointed "Led Zeppelin III" ("Immigrant song" opens the album, "Friends" is track two). The string section arranged by John Paul Jones on the track takes things to a whole new sublime level. (EB)

  • 43. "Your Time Will Come" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    Side two of "Led Zeppelin I" begins with this track and brings a complete mood change to the album thanks to John Paul Jones' organ. (EB)

  • 42. „Galgenmast“ – „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970)

    Another arrangement triumph, the source material for "Gallows Pole" comes from the traditional folk song "The Maid Freed from the Gallows," covered by Lead Belly in 1939, but Zeppelin made more of it than her own. (EB)

  • 41. „Travelling Riverside Blues“ – „Led Zeppelin Box Set“ (1990)

    One of the few true gems to be released after the split, Zeppelin's version of this Robert Johnson song was originally recorded in 1969, but on its official release in 1990, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. (EB)

  • 40. „Mandarina“ – „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970)

    It wasn't Zeppelin's first song about heartbreak and certainly not their last, but thanks to the steel guitar it might be the band's most beautiful song about lost love. (EB)

  • 39. „Bron-Y-Aur Stomp“ – „Led Zeppelin III“ (1970)

    Simply one of the greatest songs of all time with spoons and castanets, made somehow great thanks to John Bonham, this jam lets Zeppelin go wild with folk music without losing its edge. The song's title is of course a homage to the infamous cottage in Wales where they wrote most of Led Zeppelin III. (EB)

  • 38. No Quarter (1973)

    A twist on page two of "Houses of the Holy," after the upbeat ad-libs "Dancing Days" and "D'yer Mak'er," it's one of the spookiest tracks in the entire Zeppelin catalog and shows just how much can John Paul Jones. Change the mood of the room by playing the piano. (EB)

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  • 37. "Por la Noche" - "Through the Door" (1979)

    Three years after their last album, Presence, rock fans might have wondered if Zeppelin still "got it". "In The Evening," which opened "In Through The Out Door," found the band still going strong (though not as good as a few years earlier). Jimmy Page unleashes one of his best riffs here and also melts faces with his amazing guitar solo. (BI)

  • 36. "Holiday" - Led Zeppelin III (1970)

    Not just a classic song, but the title of the band's first and only full reunion on November 19, 2012 (and subsequent live album). Strangely, they didn't perform "Celebration Day" on the show. "Wow, I'm so happy... I'm joining the band" - that's how thousands of budding musicians reacted to Zeppelin's music in 1969 and 1970... and in the decades that followed. (BI)

  • 35. "This Is the Way" - "Led Zeppelin III" (1970)

    Is it a love song about two lovers from different worlds or a song about two friends from different worlds? Maybe it's both. One thing is for sure: it is one of Zeppelin's best acoustic songs in their entire catalogue. (EB)

  • 34. „Gracias“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    Led Zeppelin wasn't all lust, and they proved it with "Thank You," an incredibly sweet love song. With lyrics like "When the mountains crumble into the sea/It'll still be you and me," it's hard not to faint, no matter your gender... or your relationship status. (EB)

  • 33. "The Battle of Evermore" - "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)

    Plant's voice dances beautifully with the late Sandy Denny's on this mandolin ballad, which is also one of the more subtle Lord of the Rings references in Zeppelin's back catalogue. Fun fact: Denny was the only singer invited to record with Zeppelin. (EB)

  • 32. "Leap to Misty Mountain" - "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)

    One of Zeppelin's funniest numbers, the song is performed by John Paul Jones' electric piano and John Bonham's heavy drums. The 'misty mountains' is a clear Tolkien reference, but the lyrics are more about hippies and cops than hobbits and dragons: after 'sitting on the grass' with people who had 'flowers in their hair' asking, 'Hey Little one, do it you want to score?" A police officer appeared: "[He] said, 'Please, hey, would we mind / all in a row... Well, you know, they asked us to stay for tea and a have some fun." The busts were so cute! (BI)

  • 31. Todo mi amor - Through the Door (1979)

    In the realm of songs about loss, this song never tires. A tribute to Plant's 5-year-old son Karac, who died of a stomach virus, 'All My Love' is as beautiful as it is devastating. (EB)

  • 30. "Living Loving Maid" - "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

    This track was the B-side of "Whole Lotta Love," which is odd considering how literally inseparable it is from "Heartbreaker," and radio still plays the two tracks together as one song. But the riffs on "Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)" are oddly complementary to those on "Whole Lotta Love". (EB)

  • 29. „In My Time To Die“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    It's hard to pick the best example of how good Zeppelin was at arranging songs, but "In My Time Of Dying" definitely makes the list. Zeppelin transformed a traditional gospel song into a blues rock masterpiece; The song is 11 minutes long, but it feels much shorter. (EB)

  • 28. The Rain Song (1973)

    Robert Plant himself has called this his best vocal performance with Zeppelin, and who are we to disagree with? It also has one of his best lyrics: "Meet us all a little rain must fall," indeed. (BI)

  • 27. "The Song Stays the Same" - "Houses Of The Holy" (1973)

    An uninitiated listener might mistake this for a Who song for the first minute and a half: Jimmy Page's clean, rhythmic guitar sounded like something Pete Townshend could play, John's Paul Jones bass is reminiscent of John's "lead" bass Entwistle and John Bonham. the heavy drums are a bit Keith Moon-y. Also, the song has the epic feel of Tommy's opening "Overture." Of course, when the music slows down and Robert Plant starts with "I had a dream..." you know you're listening to Zep. It's a perfect opener to the massive and ambitious Houses Of The Holy album. (BI)

  • 26. „Ir a California“ – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

    One of the reasons Zeppelin resists categorization is because they were so good at so many things. Of course they influenced all the hard rock and metal bands that followed, but they were also amazing at creating beautiful acoustic songs. "Going To California" is an excellent example. (BI)

  • 25. „Moby Dick“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    Allegedly a Page/Jones/Bonham instrumental jam, Page and Jones broke up after about a minute (and returned at the end), giving John Bonham a showcase for his powerful yet melodic playing. Most drum solos get old after you've heard them a few times: that's not the case with "Moby Dick," which stands proudly alongside the rest of "Led Zeppelin II" and the rest of the band's catalogue. (BI)

  • 24. D'yer Maker - Houses of the Saints (1973)

    For "D'Yer Mak'er" (pronounced "you made her" rather than "dire maker"), Led Zeppelin took inspiration from Jamaica. Like the Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" a few years earlier, it might not have been legitimate reggae, but it became a rock classic on American radio. And the "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!" the chorus makes the song an irresistible catchy tune. (BI)

  • 23. „Ten Years Gone“ – „Physical Graffiti“ (1975)

    "You really needed someone / And you really needed someone / You really wanted someone / The best love you ever had." Plant's lyrics lend significant weight to the track, which Page intended to be instrumental. While the instrumental could have stood on its own, the lyrics take "Ten Years Gone" to another level. (EB)

  • 22. The Ocean (1973)

    There's a lot of competition for the title of Best Jimmy Page Riff, but The Ocean might own it; Still in the top 5. It also has really cute lyrics, a rarity in Zeppelin canon. "I sing all my songs to the girl who has won my heart," laments Robert Plant. "Now she's only four years old and that's a great start." He sang about his daughter, of course. (BI)

  • 21. „Crazy in the rain“ – „Durch die Tür“ (1979)

    Considering the state of the band at this point, with Plant mourning the loss of his son Karac and Page and Bonham battling addiction, it's incredible that they've managed to produce such joyful music. On the other hand, once you've settled on a samba rhythm, you'll likely end up with an upbeat song. Unfortunately, this was the last Zeppelin single to be released before Bonham's untimely death. (EB)

  • 20. "Dance Days" - "Houses of the Saints" (1973)

    When you think of Led Zeppelin, the old American Bandstand line "It's got a good beat and you can dance to it" probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind, but it definitely applies to "Dancing Days". It's one of the most poppy songs in the band's catalogue. Of course there are people who don't care, but these people hate fun and should be ignored. (EB)

  • 19. „Achiles Last Stand“ – „Presencia“ (1976)

    At ten and a half minutes, it's one of the band's longest tracks and has proven they can be just as progressive as their Yes, King Crimson and Emerson Lake & Palmer counterparts. Its length may not have helped its popularity, but the song definitely has a following: Chris Cornell and Temple of the Dog covered this song on their brief reunion tour in 2016. (BI)

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  • 18. "Since I Love You" - "Led Zeppelin III" (1970)

    Led Zeppelin weren't blues purists, but judging by this song, they might have gone down that route. Driven by John Paul Jones' Hammond organ, the song features one of Jimmy Page's best guitar solos. (BI)

  • 17. "Houses of the Holy" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    More rattles! Years before Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper," John Bonham played the cowbell on this song, which was originally recorded for the band's 1973 album. Plant's lyrics aren't very subtle: "Let me take you to the movies/Can I take you to the show?/Let me really be yours/Can I grow your garden?" (BI)

  • 16. "Communikationsfehler" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    Most punk rock bands hated Led Zeppelin or denied being influenced by them. And of course all punk bands love the Ramones. So there's a bit of irony in the fact that Johnny Ramone developed his guitar playing alongside Communication Breakdown, as revealed in the documentary Ramones: The True Story. It's one of Zep's shortest songs and one of his most powerful. (BI)

  • 15. Trampled - Physical Graffiti (1975)

    The clavinet is more associated with 70's funk (mainly Stevie Wonder) than Led Zeppelin, but it's the way John Paul Jones plays that electric keyboard that makes this song so catchy and memorable. It is perhaps the most moving hook in the entire Zeppelin catalogue. (EB)

  • 14. "What Is and What Should Never Be" - "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

    A plant/page composition that demonstrated the range of Zeppelin and oscillated between hard rock and relaxed jazz. Towards the end of the song, Plant starts ranting ("Oh, the wind won't blow and we really shouldn't go..."), which sounds like a precursor to rap and hip-hop. (BI)

  • 13. „Ramble On“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    The Lord of the Rings film series may have made an obscene amount of money, but director Peter Jackson never made Tolkien's trilogy that great! Gollum would probably find this music valuable. Definitely Zeppelin fans. (EB)

  • 12 "Baby I'll Leave You" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    While Plant's voice can move mountains, even a sustained vocal performance can send shivers down your spine. This is perhaps the finest example of this in the entire Zeppelin catalogue. (EB)

  • 11. "Over the Hills and Far Away" - "Houses of the Saints" (1973)

    "Over The Hills And Far Away," a song about overcoming heartbreak, is a lyrical departure for Zep. Indeed, countless souls shattered by separation have solace in "Many have I loved, and many times have I been bitten / Many times have I looked upon the open road." Translation: Sure, you've been fired, but that too shall pass. (BI)

  • 10. „Heartbreaker“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    Side one of "Led Zeppelin II" ended with the beautiful love song "Thank You", but as you progressed to side two, listeners were greeted by this lust story along with another monster riff and Jimmy Page's solo. (EB)

  • 9. „Stairway to Heaven“ – „Led Zeppelin IV“ (1971)

    There's probably a lady (or man) who's pretty sure this song is underrated, but there's a good reason for that. Part of what made "Stairway" legendary was the legend behind it, which saw the band written in Bron-Yr-Aur, a remote cottage in Wales. However, Jimmy Page testified during the recent "Stairway" copyright battle that the song wasn't written in Bron-Yr-Aur after all. Is the song still an amazing and influential piece? Yes, but there's no question about it, "Stairway" just doesn't shine as it used to in recent years. (EB)

  • 8. "When the Dike Breaks" - "Led Zeppelin IV" (1971)

    Zeppelin's update of Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie's Kansas blues music, published in 1929, was one of its highlights. John Bonham in particular shines with one of his most iconic drumming performances, but Robert Plant also adds some of his finest harmonicas and vocals. Many of Zeppelin's peers covered early blues songs, but few of them captured the sense of angst Zep felt here. (BI)

  • 7. "Dizzy and Confused" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    Despite the fact that this song upgraded and arranged the originally uncredited 1967 Jake Holmes song of the same title, "Dazed and Confused" remains one of Zeppelin's best songs, thanks in no small part to the soulful lyrics and delivery full of fear by Robert plant. . . Oh, and Jimmy Page breaking the bow doesn't hurt either. (EB)

  • 6. "Good Times, Bad Times" - "Led Zeppelin I" (1969)

    A stunning Jimmy Page riff. John Bonham's funky yet powerful drumming. Robert Plant, 20, laments: "In the days of my youth / You told me what it was like to be a man." And the subtle but vital bass of John Paul Jones. These elements began the first song on side one of Led Zeppelin's debut. It was also the band's first single, so 1969's "Good Times Bad Times" provided a powerful introduction to the band for rock fans. At the end of the song, Plant sings, "Realize, Honey, We Never Let's Separate." ", and it was a bit prescient: Although the band only lasted a little over a decade, millions of fans never stopped loving Zeppelin, and are gaining a new following with each new generation. (BI)

  • 5. "Black Dog" - Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

    Zeppelin had a knack for picking the perfect album opener, and with Black Dog it was a bold sign for the future of Led Zeppelin IV. bring the track to a gradual end. It is also one of Zeppelin's highest-charting singles, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. (The only other Zeppelin single that did better was "Whole Lotta Love", which peaked at number four on the Hot 100) . For any other band, a track like this would be the highlight of an album, but Zeppelin wasn't any other band, and Led Zeppelin IV is certainly not another album. (EB)

  • 4. "Kashmir" - "Physical Graffiti" (1975)

    "Kashmir" was the closest thing a hard rock band had to Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound". It is the finest example of Zeppelin at its most ambitious. It's so good, we even forgive the band for letting Puff Daddy rap on the 1998 song "Come With Me" (which actually featured Jimmy Page!) from the Godzilla soundtrack. (EB)

  • 3. "Song of the Immigrant" - Led Zeppelin III (1970)

    While Zeppelin has never liked to be associated with heavy metal, this song did a lot to set the pattern for the genre: Page's percussive riffs, Bonham's heavy drums and of course Robert Plant's Banshee vocals telling Viking tales. Ice and snow.” Plant and Page may flinch when asked about metal, but the feeling is definitely not mutual. (BI)

  • 2. „All the Lotta Love“ – „Led Zeppelin II“ (1969)

    From Jimmy Page's iconic riff and solo to the dizzying overdubs and Robert Plant's plaintive roar, "Whole Lotta Love" might be the perfect example of Zeppelin's all-round pageantry. Brimming with hard rock, Whole Lotta Love is the sound of a confident band that knows what a force they are and isn't afraid to share it with the world. (EB)

  • 1. „Rock and Roll“ – „Led Zeppelin IV“ (1971)

    There have been many rock 'n' roll songs about rock 'n' roll and this is without a doubt one of the best. With elements from the early days of rock 'n' roll: a Chuck Berry riff, a Jerry Lee Lewis piano and a drum intro reminiscent of Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'", Zeps " Rock And Roll" a declaration of love to the founders. The members of Led Zeppelin have always been passionate fans of the music, so it's only fitting that they pay homage to the music that inspired them in this best song of theirs. Fun Fact: Years later, Jerry Lee Lewis covered the song with Jimmy Page on guitar on his 2006 album Last Man Standing. (Brian Ive)

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Is Jimmy Page technically a good guitarist? ›

Page is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time. Rolling Stone magazine has described Page as "the pontiff of power riffing" and ranked him number three in their 2015 list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", behind Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

Why is Jimmy Page the best guitarist of all time? ›

Fast and heavy riffs, as well as solos, are hallmarks of Page's guitar playing. His playing has been credited with influencing musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. Page has received numerous Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Guitarist honors in 1992 and 2017.

Did Eric Clapton ever play with Jimmy Page? ›

During Clapton's stint in The Bluesbreakers, which might we add, featured John McVie, the future bassist of Fleetwood Mac, Clapton and Page would carry on their jam sessions on the side.

What guitar did Jimmy Page play on Houses of the Holy? ›

The song was regularly performed live, with Page using the Gibson EDS-1275.

Who is said to be the best guitarist of all time? ›

The best guitarists in history:
  • Jimi Hendrix.
  • Eric Clapton.
  • Jeff Beck.
  • Chuck Berry.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan.
  • Joe Satriani.
  • Steve Vai.
  • Yngwie Malmsteen.

How many hours a day did Jimmy Page practice guitar? ›

While still in school, Jimmy Page practiced 3 to 4 hours every day. He learned by slowing down songs and listening to them, a time-consuming method that necessitates rigorous ear training. He became a full-time musician shortly after becoming a studio session guitarist.

Who does Eric Clapton think is the best guitar player in the world? ›

However, the greatest, according to Eric Clapton, the bonafide guitar god, is Albert Lee. The guitarist has worked with some big names, including Emmylou Harris and The Everly Brothers. Considering Clapton's appraisal, we all should be listening to Lee: “He's the greatest guitarist in the world. The ultimate virtuoso.

Who did Jimi Hendrix think was the best guitarist? ›

But there's a good chance that on most occasions, if you asked Hendrix who the best around was, he'd answer “Billy Gibbons”.

Who did Jimmy Page think was the best guitarist? ›

Speaking on that topic, Page had this to say: “We've lost the best guitarist any of us ever had and that was Hendrix. The other guitarist I started to get into died also, Clarence White. He was absolutely brilliant.

Is Jimmy Page better than Clapton? ›

Clapton is a better live lead player. With Cream, Derek and the Dominos and at certain points in his career ('From the Cradle' album for instance), Clapton was on a whole other level of guitar playing from Page. Jimmy Page is also more of a songwriter, composer and producer than Clapton.

What did Eric Clapton say about Led Zeppelin? ›

"They were very loud," Clapton is quoted as saying in Ritchie Yorke's Led Zeppelin: The Definitive Biography. "I thought it was unnecessarily loud. I liked some of it; I really did like some of it. But a lot of it was just too much.

What guitar did Jimmy Page play most? ›

Jimmy Page mainly played Gibson Les Paul guitars, among them the 1959 Les Paul Standard nicknamed “Number One”. This was his main recording and live guitar from around the time he started working on the Led Zepplin II album.

Why did Jimmy Page play a double neck? ›

Page needed to switch from one to the other mid-song, and having two different guitars on stage would have been too burdensome. It was then that Page stumbled onto a solution: a double-neck Gibson EDS-1275. The double-neck was more of a novelty than anything else before Page used it.

What did George Harrison think of Led Zeppelin? ›

Not only did George Harrison love Led Zeppelin, but he also managed to coax their best out of them with a bit of apparently piddling critique. It wasn't, though. It helped to bring Houses of the Holy to life, as 'Rain Song' was one of the first tracks written for it and is arguably its highlight.

Why did Jimmy Page put mirrors on his guitar? ›

Page added eight round mirrors to the body of the guitar to give it a kinetic element In February 1967.

Who did Eddie Van Halen think was the best guitarist? ›

Surprisingly, considering how Van Halen was never one to use sparseness or restraint, Van Halen's number one influence appears to have been British six-string master Eric Clapton. “Clapton was it.

Who is the greatest acoustic guitarist of all time? ›

13 Of The Greatest And Most Famous Acoustic Guitar Players Of All...
  • Paul Simon.
  • Nick Drake.
  • Chet Atkins.
  • Maybelle Carter.
  • Charo.
  • Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten.
  • Joni Mitchell.
  • John Fahey.
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How many hours a day did John Mayer play guitar? ›

Question: How Many Hours a Day Does John Mayer Play the Guitar? Answer: At first, I would be quite sure he would be playing an average of 8 hours a day, like any other Berklee student. Nowadays, he plays 4-5 hours a day, he says.

How long should I practice guitar a day to get good? ›

Consistency is key – try to practice guitar for at least 15 minutes per day, five days a week, but also follow these tips: Avoid long and unbroken sessions. Don't practice for more than an hour at a time. Set short breaks if you plan on practicing for more than 20 minutes.

How many hours a day do professional guitarists practice? ›

Most professional guitar players practice 180 minutes — 240 minutes each day. Your practice should be well-structured and focused.

How good of a guitar player was Prince? ›

A master of the devastating solo and electrifying riff, the Artist was also a considerable talent when it came to vigorous funk and elegant chord-craft. Never one to shy from demonstrating his superhuman guitar credentials, Prince's canon of studio albums features innumerable examples of his talent.

Did Jimi Hendrix like Eric Clapton? ›

The friendship between Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix was a short but intense one. The two guitarists were well aware of the other's power with the instrument, and before Hendrix's tragic death, it was clear the two artists were kindred spirits.

Who is the best blues guitarist in the world? ›

The Best Blues Guitarists of All Time
  • Otis Rush. ...
  • Gary Clark Jr. ...
  • Robert Cray. ...
  • Albert Collins. ...
  • Larry McCray. ...
  • Rory Gallagher. Recommended Rory Gallagher listening: On The Boards.
  • Dan Auerbach. Recommended Dan Auerbach listening: Thickfreakness.
  • R.L. Burnside. Recommended R.L. Burnside listening: First Recordings.
Oct 27, 2022

Who was a better guitar player Eddie Van Halen or Jimi Hendrix? ›

They asked classic rock fans for their opinion. Who is the better guitarist — Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen? Unfortunately, the poll was already closed when we discovered it. Van Halen won the poll, with 61% of the votes.

What did Clapton call Hendrix? ›

May 1968, Eric Clapton is interviewed by Rolling Stone and calls Jimi Hendrix a "spade", which was a highly offensive phrase for a black person at the time.

What were Jimi Hendrix last words? ›

JIMI HENDRIX (1942-1970)

The legendary guitarist's final spoken words before a drug overdose were pragmatic, “I need help man, bad.” But the final line of a poem he wrote on his deathbed captured some of his final thoughts on life.

Who was Jimmy Page's favorite band? ›

While rolling off a list of esteemed guitar players that he admires, Page casually dropped in the nugget of information that he considers the longstanding and somewhat cult band Little Feat as his “favourite American group” of all time.

Do the members of Led Zeppelin get along? ›

There was an undeniable chemistry between the four members of that band. Each musician supported the other to create powerful and moving music. In fact, John Bonham's first words to Plant were, “You'd be a lot better singer if you had a drummer like me.”

How heavy was Jimmy Pages Les Paul? ›

This beauty weighs in at 9.4 Lbs. Original 1957 Serial Number is penciled in the control cavity. We have a video of the guitar on our Lay's Guitar Shop Facebook page if you want to hear what great tonal response this guitar has.

What songs did Jimmy Page use a bow? ›

Jimmy Page, of Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds, is perhaps one of the most famous bowed guitar players. His bowed guitar can be heard on the songs "Dazed and Confused" and "How Many More Times" from the album Led Zeppelin, and "In the Evening" from the album In Through the Out Door.

Did Jimmy Page play on Ringo's theme? ›

In the article, Barrell says Page played background guitar (not—we repeat—NOT the lead guitar part) on "Ringo's Theme," which is an instrumental version of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's 1963 tune "This Boy." The performance is heard during the scene where Ringo Starr is trying to "get away from it all"; he travels ...

What did John Lennon think of Eric Clapton? ›

In a draft letter dated September 29, 1971, Lennon expressed his respect and admiration for British guitarist Clapton and suggested that they form a band together. “Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music.

What did John Lennon say about Led Zeppelin? ›

I like heavy music — I call it rock. I like Led Zeppelin.” Later adding: “I don't really know much of what they're about. But one thing's for sure, Jimmy Page is a bloody good guitarist.”

Who was the most talented musician in Led Zeppelin? ›

Guitarist Jimmy Page was the musical genius behind Led Zeppelin, one of the most legendary bands in rock music history.

Which is better Stratocaster or Telecaster? ›

Telecaster is much more versatile, whereas Stratocaster offers a broader palette of tones. Telecaster is easier to play and tune, whereas Stratocaster is more comfortable to hold. Telecaster has one piece that extends right below the bridge pickup, whereas the Stratocaster bridge that has a two-point tremolo system.

Did Jimmy Page use a pick? ›

One of the most unique characteristics of Jimmy Page's guitar playing was his penchant for smearing notes. When playing pentatonic licks, rather than picking out each individual note, Jimmy often smeared his pick across the strings.

What distortion pedal did Jimmy Page use? ›

The Tone Bender is a fuzz pedal made very famous in the 60s and 70s thanks to users like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and more.

What is the benefit of a double neck guitar? ›

The benefit of a double neck guitar (which looks like two guitars stuck together) is that it allows the player to switch instruments when there is no time to actually strap on another guitar-even in the middle of a song!

Was Jimmy Page a good guy? ›

And, as it turns out, “Page-y” (nick-name) is also a gentleman and a very nice guy too.

What did Eric Clapton think of George Harrison? ›

He was just a magical guy, and he would show up, get out of the car with his guitar, and come in and start playing,” Clapton said in an interview for the Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World. “I just watched this thing come to life.

What were George Harrison's last words? ›

Passing away at Sir Paul McCartney's American home, George Harrison had wife Olivia Harrison by his side until the end. According to those present, his final words were: “Everything else can wait, but the search for God cannot wait, and love one another.”

What did Eric Clapton say about George Harrison? ›

I felt I had to leave George because things were getting really out of hand. George was just being a different George. We had gone in different directions, basically. But we still loved each other…

Why did Jimmy Page stop using a Telecaster? ›

According to a 2021 interview with Joe Walsh of the Eagles from the Wong Notes Podcast, Page was not satisfied with the guitar at the time. He was having issues with the pickup and kept having to make on-the-go repairs to have it functioning during each night of their tour.

Did Jimmy Page invent the distortion pedal? ›

The first distortion pedal was invented by Jimmy Page himself during a guitar session. He carried a fuzz box around with him on his first day at work in the mid-1960s.

Who did Jimmy Page say was the best guitarist? ›

However, like the rest of us, it's clear that Page held Hendrix in such high esteem that his legacy can never be eradicated — he is the greatest guitar player of all time.

Why did Jimmy Page use a double neck guitar? ›

Page needed to switch from one to the other mid-song, and having two different guitars on stage would have been too burdensome. It was then that Page stumbled onto a solution: a double-neck Gibson EDS-1275. The double-neck was more of a novelty than anything else before Page used it.

Who does Eric Clapton think is the best guitar player? ›

The story goes that sometime during the 1980s, Eric Clapton was asked how it felt to be the best guitar player in the world, and responded, “I don't know; ask Prince.” The story is almost certainly untrue (what the hell sort of interviewer would ask someone that question in the first place?), but the vaguely awestruck ...

Who do guitarists think is the best guitarist? ›

Top 10 Best Guitarists of All Time
RankGuitaristTop Strength
1Guthrie GovanAll-Around Technical Virtuoso
2Pat MethenyJazz Voicing & Picking
3Tommy EmmanuelOne-Man Band
4Steve VaiTechnical & Harmonic Prowess
6 more rows
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Why does a Telecaster sound so good? ›

The Telecaster typically has two single-coil pickups, with the bridge pickup being wider and longer than its Strat counterpart. What's more, it is mounted on the Tele's metal bridge plate, which can give it a more powerful tone. (Fender also makes Stratocaster and Telecaster models with humbucking pickup options.)

Did Jimmy Page use a distortion pedal? ›

Page played on sessions for countless bands in the '60s, including for songs by The Who and The Kinks, so while he didn't invent distorted guitar alone, the presence of his distortion pedal in his session gear most likely had a huge impact on the kinds of guitar sounds heard on the radio.

Did Eric Clapton ever play a Telecaster? ›

The 'Blind Faith' Telecaster was Clapton's most unique guitar, combining a 1962 Fender Telecaster Custom body with original 3-way switching (bridge, neck, neck - tone bypass) and the neck from his favourite Stratocaster, "Brownie", allowing him to enjoy the bluesy tones of a Tele while still enjoying the same comfort ...

Are double neck guitars hard to play? ›

They can be difficult and confusing to play for beginners. Double neck guitars are usually very expensive. They're harder and more time-consuming to tun, re-string and setup.

What song has the best guitar solo? ›

Top 10 Guitar Solos of All Time
  • Crazy On You - Performed by Nancy Wilson. ...
  • Eruption - Performed by Eddie Van Halen. ...
  • All Along The Watchtower - Performed by Jimi Hendrix. ...
  • Hotel California - Performed by Don Felder and Joe Walsh. ...
  • Stairway to Heaven - Performed by Jimmy Page. ...
  • Comfortably Numb - Performed by David Gilmour.
Aug 4, 2022


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2. Heart - Stairway to Heaven (Live at Kennedy Center Honors) [FULL VERSION]
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4. Led Zeppelin Documentary - The Making of Celebration Day: Episode 2
5. Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love (Live at The Royal Albert Hall 1970) [Official Video]
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