Let me begin by stating that anyone who reads this post most likely knows more about Led Zeppelin than I do. That being said, apparently, no one in the band is actually called Led Zeppelin. Just some cool name for a band. Same concept used in Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Kalvin Klein, and Helly Hanson. Even though I listen to a fair amount of music in the same time that Zeppelin reigned, this band doesn’t receive regular visits from me. To prepare, I listened to all the albums this band published (ever) over the course of last week, and am glad to say I found a few songs I really enjoyed and several that I recognized. Though this band didn’t win a place in my top favorite bands, I do greatly respect the bands method of naming albums with band name followed by number in chronological order, making organizing, remembering, and sorting very easy. Now let it begin, my top 10 Zeppelin’s!
10. Rock and Roll
This song wonderfully represents those that call the genre by the same name home. The beats, fading of sounds and lyrics all bring me back to a time when music was about enjoying life. Not today’s garbage that swears and complains about the man holding us down.
9. Stairway to Heaven
Great song, just have heard it way too many times. Having this song so high up on the list has done enough damage, I will refrain from analyzing it any further.
8. Immigrant Song
Whenever listening to this song I am thinking about Jack Black singing it in “School of Rock,” not sure why because I have heard it in many different settings other than a C movie. Right when the needle hits the vinyl, I am hooked in. No stalling or building up just goes straight to full throttle. Also, has to be one of the coolest chorus’ in a song.
7. All My Love
Not the usual love song, but, the lyrics do indicate some sort of emotion from whoever is the lead singer in this band. The noises make the song for me; in fact, an instrumental version of this song would probably put it up a few more spots on the list.
6. Misty Mountain Hop
“Packing my bags for the misty mountains where the spirits fly.” Sounds awesome, count me in! I have found a new song to listen to when headed up skiing.
5. Ramble On
The starting really reminds me of “Life Less Ordinary,” by Carbon Leaf. Compared to other Zeppelin songs, this one seems a little mellower, which provides a nice break when only listening to Zeppelin for a week. Ramble on…
4. D’yer Mak’er
Not much to say other than it works for me.
Remember that scene in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” when Kashmir is played in the guy’s car? This song has its own class regarding how to start a song: slow, gradual, hard, Kashmir. I just love those first 30 seconds and can listen it over and over and over.
2. Fool in the Rain
The rediscovery of “Fool in the Rain,” I would describe as the best outcome from Zeptember. For those that do not know, I keep a running list on my phone of songs I like that I hear when out and about. I try to include lyrics, but, mostly it just has words to describe the song, making it difficult to find the name later on. “Fool in the Rain” has been on the list for a while, and it was nice to stumble upon it Wednesday night. It doesn’t sound like a Zeppelin song to me, but, it certainly is my favorite.
1. LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129)
This beauty was a true Zeppelin, and had the name way before the band ripped it off. Born on March 4th, 1936, this 800 foot dirigible could take 150 people across the Atlantic at a cruising speed around 90 mph. She was like nothing else ever built, and remains one of the largest things that ever flew. Although hydrogen gas is the lightest element on the periodic table, it’s really explosive. Filling an 800 foot long balloon with explosive gas proved to be a bad idea. The craft blew up in a spectacular 37 seconds a little over a year after it made its first flight. Maybe someday these luxury liners of the sky will return, just make sure they are filled with helium.