[[caption-width-right:350: Led Zeppelin at their peak. From left to right: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page.]]

->''"Oh, pilot of the storm who leaves no trace\\
Like thoughts inside a dream\\
Who hid the path that led me to that place\\
Of yellow desert screen\\
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon\\
I will return again\\
Sure as the dust that floats high in June\\
When movin' through Kashmir"''
-->-- '''"Kashmir"'''

->''"Thank you for making us the world's number one band."''
-->-- '''''Melody Maker'' advertisement''' for the release of ''Led Zeppelin III''

The one, the only, the hammer of the Gods.

Long story short: Led Zeppelin formed in 1968 after Music/TheYardbirds disintegrated and Jimmy Page recruited three other lads to satisfy contractual obligations for The Yardbirds, naming themselves [[SpiritualSuccessor The New Yardbirds]]. The band was originally to be a {{Supergroup}} consisting of Page, Music/JeffBeck, Nicky Hopkins on piano, [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon and John Entwistle]], and possibly with Donovan as lead vocalist. They actually recorded one song (but with John Paul Jones on bass instead, because Entwistle couldn't make the session) called "Beck's Bolero", which made its way onto The Jeff Beck Group's ''Truth''. The group never amounted to more, as Entwistle and Moon allegedly said it would go over "like a lead balloon". After Chris Dreja threatened legal action, Page -- remembering Moon and Entwistle's quote -- changed the name from The New Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin. They went on to release many albums, tour heavily, become one of the most successful and famous bands in RockAndRoll, be a significant infleunce on HeavyMetal, and generally rock so hard as to blow people's minds and inspire them to form bands of their own. They broke up in 1980 after drummer John Bonham asphyxiated on vomit after a day of binge alcoholism. They were famously trashed at first by critics in TheSeventies but gained a huge fanbase, and those critics (particularly ''Rolling Stone'' magazine) have since [[VindicatedByHistory reversed themselves]] and realized that Led Zeppelin are awesome after all.

The band have written their fair share of famous classic hard rock songs that sometimes get ''extremely'' overplayed on AOR[=/=]"classic rock" radio for new generations to get annoyed, such as: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO2n7QoyieM Dazed and Confused]]", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bcIjILqORM Whole Lotta Love]]", "Heartbreaker"[[SiameseTwinSongs /]]"Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)", "Immigrant Song", "Black Dog", "Rock and Roll", "Stairway to Heaven", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFDYuO53BUk When the Levee Breaks]]", "Kashmir" and "Trampled Under Foot". Don't peg them as simple noise-merchants, though, because their discography's really varied and sometimes experimental, ranging from BluesRock and acoustic FolkRock to Eastern-influenced material, {{Funk}}, ProgressiveRock and weirder. They're widely respected for their superior musical abilities, eclectic tastes, and legendary concerts and well-known for their infamous exploits (such as the "[[NoodleIncident shark episode]]"), among others. Also, pretty much any rock and metal band formed since owes them at least a bit, whether they admit to it or not.

But, as with every mega-successful and influential band, there are downsides. Negative marks on their record include Page's habit of lifting lyrics from old blues songs without credit (which led to the occasional lawsuits), their occasionally embarrassing lyrics (they referenced ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' about thirty years before [[Film/LordOfTheRings the movies]] made it [[FantasyGhetto cool to do that]]), the band inevitably allowing success to go to their heads and descending into overblown excess post-1975, and the infamous 1976 {{Rockumentary}} film ''Film/TheSongRemainsTheSame'', commonly cited as one of the [[SoBadItsGood worst concert films ever]], thanks to the sub-par performances and self-indulgent [[ClicheStorm fantasy sequences]]. Also to be mentioned is their continued refusal to allow their songs into rhythm games such as ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' and ''VideoGame/RockBand''.

!! Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''John Baldwin (John Paul Jones)''' - bass, keyboard, mandolin, ukulele, guitars, sitar, cello, recorder, piano, organ, vocals (1968-1980, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007)
* '''John Bonham (Bonzo)''' - drums, percussion, vocals, timpani (1968-1980, died 1980)
* '''[[Music/TheYardbirds Jimmy Page]]''' - guitar, vocals, theremin (1968-1980, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007)
* '''Robert Plant''' - lead vocals, harmonica (1968-1980, 1985, 1988, 1995, 2007)

!! Studio Discography:

* 1969 - ''[[Music/LedZeppelin1969 Led Zeppelin]]''
* 1969 - ''Music/LedZeppelinII''
* 1970 - ''Music/LedZeppelinIII''
* 1971 - ''Untitled'' (informally called ''Music/LedZeppelinIV'', ''Four Symbols'', or ''[=ZoSol=]'')
* 1973 - ''Music/HousesOfTheHoly''
* 1975 - ''Music/PhysicalGraffiti''
* 1976 - ''Presence''
* 1979 - ''In Through the Out Door''
* 1982 - ''Coda''

!! Live Discography:

* 1976 - ''Film/TheSongRemainsTheSame'' [[note]] Recorded in 1973 [[/note]]
* 1990 - ''Profiled''
* 1997 - ''BBC Sessions''
* 2003 - ''How the West Was Won'' [[note]] Recorded in 1972 [[/note]]
* 2012 - ''Celebration Day'' [[note]] Recorded in 2007 [[/note]]

!! Non-album singles:

* 1970 - "Immigrant Song" [[note]] Otherwise available on their 1970 album ''Led Zeppelin III'' [[/note]] / "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?"

!! "Gotta whole lotta tropes:"

[[AC:Music Tropes:]]

* BlackSheep:
** While classic rock radio plays large chunks of ''I'', ''[[Music/LedZeppelinII II]]'', ''IV'', and ''Houses of the Holy'', for some strange reason, they don't play much from ''III'' outside of "Immigrant Song" and the sadly-excluded B-side "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?". ''Maybe'' "Gallows Pole", if you're lucky.
** Also, radio stations rarely ever play anything off of ''Presence'', save for "Nobody's Fault But Mine". This could be because the album's two best songs are each over nine minutes long, though.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: Robert Plant, when he gets excited, tends to do this. One of the best recorded examples is his emotionally-charged scream near the end of "I'm Gonna Crawl". Most of the time, however, it's just an ImmodestOrgasm.
* ChristianRock: Seriously, their songs "In My Time Of Dying" and "Nobody's Fault but Mine" are both based on gospel blues songs by Blind Willie Johnson.
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''Music/LedZeppelinII'' and ''III'' officially, and ''IV'' unofficially.
* CoverVersion: You know they've had their share. Examples include, but are not limited to: ''Babe I'm Gonna Leave You'', ''You Shook Me'', ''I Can't Quit You Babe'', ''Bring It On Home'', ''Gallows Pole'', ''When the Levee Breaks'', ''Boogie with Stu'', etc. And with a band like Zeppelin, some [[CoveredUp Covering Up]] is to be expected.
** Averted with ''Houses of the Holy'' and ''In Through the Out Door'', which contains no covers of any sort.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Physical Graffiti''.
* TheDrifter: Song-wise, Plant has often mentioned that he has to leave his girlfriend or some town or whatever because he has to "ramble on" or something like that, for example: "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", "Ramble On", "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp", "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Going to California".
* EchoingAcoustics: ''Led Zeppelin IV'' was famously recorded in an old mansion, and has a massive, echoing sound as a result. This is especially noticeable with the huge drum sound on "When the Levee Breaks", which had its drum part recorded at the bottom of a stairwell with microphones positioned on the third floor landing.
* EpicRocking: They have three songs that go over the ten-minute mark, and dozens of others that are at least five. Also, on their live album, ''The Song Remains the Same'', except for the first few, every song is at least ten minutes long, including a version of "Dazed and Confused" that clocks in at ''twenty-seven minutes''. One recording of "Dazed and Confused" sits at ''forty-five minutes''. "Moby Dick", Bonham's face-melting drum solo, appears as a ''twenty'' minute piece on ''How the West Was Won'', though it was known to go on longer. "Whole Lotta Love" often extended well past the ten-minute mark in concert as well, often as a blues / rockabilly medley.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Thank You".
* FilkSong: "The Battle Of Evermore" is perhaps their best-known one here, but it's without doubt that the group were fans of [[Literature/LordOfTheRings J.R.R. Tolkien]].
* FourMoreMeasures: "Tangerine".
* GagPenis: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Gonna give you every inch of my love."]]
* GreatestHitsAlbum: They avoided releasing one for many years, finally breaking down in 1990 with the self-titled, Page-sequenced 4-CD box set. The ensuing two decades have seen several other compilation discs and sets.
* GreenAesop: Some songs have subtle or not-so-subtle environmentalist themes, such as "The Rover" and "That's the Way".
* GriefSong: "All My Love", written on the death of Robert Plant's son, Karac.
* HeavyMeta: "Rock and Roll".
* HeavyMithril: The TropeMakers.
* HopeSpot: The 1980 tour of Europe. Three years after their doomed 1977 tour the band was on the road again and were rejuvenated by punk, which motivated them to cut down on the outrageous solos, jamming, clothing and effects for a more stripped down approach reminiscent of their earlier tours. Even better, Page was pulling himself out of his downward spiral of heroin and the band was looking forward to touring America again. Then Bonham had too much to drink and died in his sleep.
* TheImmodestOrgasm: Robert Plant has one during "Whole Lotta Love".
** Also in "Anniversary" from Robert Plant's 1990 solo album "Manic Nirvana".
* InsistentTerminology: Although music historians believe Led Zeppelin to be a major influence on early HeavyMetal bands, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant ''hate'' it when people refer to their music as heavy metal. They once even refused to speak to a film crew that was making a documentary about the history of heavy metal because they didn't want to be associated with the term.
* IntercourseWithYou: A large portion of their songs are this.
* InTheStyleOf: "Trampled Under Foot" is a Led Zeppelin song in the style of Music/StevieWonder (specifically, "Superstition"). "D'yer Mak'er" is a reggae song, and "The Crunge" is a funk song in the style of Music/JamesBrown.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: There are apostrophes in "D'yer Mak'er" for a reason - it's not "dire maker", it's "Jamaica". Page says the title comes from a bad joke:
-->'''Guy:''' My wife's going on holiday in the Caribbean.
-->'''Friend:''' Jamaica? [[note]] [[DontExplainTheJoke "Did you make her?", in full.]] [[/note]]
-->'''Guy:''' No, she did it of her own accord.
** Robert Plant has a different story behind the title. According to him, the spelling is using Welsh or other such Celtic linguistic format, creating a pun. It's a reggae song, of course, so the title "Jamaica" fits but the nerd of all things Celtic Plant chose to spell it as if it were a word in a Celtic language.
* {{Jerkass}}: The executioner in "Gallows Pole" accepts monetary and sexual bribes from a condemned prisoner's family and then goes on to execute him ''anyway''. Notably, this is a change from the traditional ending of the song, in which the prisoner was released at the end. Could be considered AnAesop against capital punishment, although it's not clear if the band intended it this way.
* LastNoteNightmare: The abbreviated crashing guitar squall of "When the Levee Breaks"; the freakout section in the middle of "Whole Lotta Love".
* LeadBassist: During ''In Through the Out Door'', Bonham was struggling with alcoholism and Page battling heroin addiction, leading John Paul Jones to have a bigger part in the album (shown primarily by more keyboard-heavy songs).
* LiveAlbum: Four of them. The first, the soundtrack to the concert film ''The Song Remains The Same'', was the only one released while the band was still together. It was heavily truncated and didn't have many of the songs featured in the film. In 2007, an expanded version featuring every song in the film plus a few extra from the same tour was released, and the original is out of print.
** The second, ''BBC Sessions'', was released in 1997. Notably, it has songs not featured on any studio albums, like "The Girl I Love She Has Long Black Wavy Hair", "Something Else", and "Travelling Riverside Blues".
** The third, ''How the West Was Won'', was released in 2003 but was taken from their 1972 tour of the United States. Jimmy Page called this one of their best tours and a high watermark for the band.
** The fourth, ''Celebration Day'', is taken from their reunion show in December 2007, and was released in 2012, accompanied by a limited theatrical run of the concert.
* LoudnessWar: Averted on all issues of their albums to date. Jimmy Page is very much a perfectionist about sound quality and won't release something that's brickwalled. While original vinyl editions are often highly prized for obvious reasons, Page recently remastered their entire catalogue himself and it sounds great. George Marino's remasterings from TheNineties sound good too. Occasionally, compilations suffer from this, however; ''Mothership'' is a particularly egregious example.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Technically, the name of their fourth album is the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Zoso-square-layout.svg symbols on the spine]]. It's just easier to say "''Untitled''" or "''IV''".
* LyricalDissonance: "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?".
* MetalScream: "Immigrant Song" has an early one.
* MindScrew: Many of Zeppelin's songs are strange. "Stairway to Heaven" is their most famous example. "Dancing Days", a song about taking a girl on a date, contains the line "I saw a lion / He was standing along / With a tadpole in a jar".
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally ranked around a 4-5, but could be very versatile, going as low as 1 and has high as 7.
** 1: "That's The Way", "The Battle of Evermore"
** 2: "Going to California", "All My Love"
** 3: "Stairway to Heaven", "Trampled Underfoot"
** 4: Songs that are both light and heavy, such as "What Is and What Should Never Be", "Over the Hills and Far Away", and "Kashmir".
** 5: "Black Dog", "Rock And Roll", "Whole Lotta Love"
** 6: "Immigrant Song", "How Many More Times"
** 7: "Dazed and Confused", "When the Levee Breaks"
* NewSoundAlbum: Basically, each album had a slightly different style from the previous. Probably the most noteworthy is with ''Led Zeppelin III'', where the band had actually experienced critical backlash for deviating from their blues-rock sound. Also, ''Houses of the Holy'' has a less raw sound from their previous albums. Then you have ''Presence'' and ''In Through the Out Door'', which generally receive lower reviews than the rest of their catalog.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Immigrant Song", "Out on the Tiles", "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp", "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper", "Black Dog", "The Battle of Evermore", "Four Sticks", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "The Crunge", "D'yer Mak'er", "The Rover", "Trampled Under Foot", "Boogie with Stu", "Black Country Woman", "Sick Again", "Candy Store Rock", "Hots On for Nowhere", "Tea for One", "Fool in the Rain", "Carouselambra", "Ozone Baby", and "Wearing and Tearing".
* PirateSong: "Immigrant Song", a song about vikings:
-->We come from the land of the ice and snow,\\
From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.\\
How soft your fields so green. Can whisper tales of gore.\\
Of how we calmed the tides of war. We are your overlords.\\
Always sweep with threshing oar,\\
Our only goal will be the western shore.\\
So now you'd better stop and rebuild all your ruins.\\
For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.
* PrematureEncapsulation: ''Houses of the Holy'', whose {{title track}} was held until their next album, ''Music/PhysicalGraffiti''.
* ProtestSong: "When the Levee Breaks".
* RearrangeTheSong: [[GenreShift Turning old blues songs into massive rock-outs]].
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Rock and Roll" has the eponymous phrase in the verses, but the chorus is completely different.
** "What Is and What Should Never Be" is often incorrectly listed on listening / downloading sites as "Tomorrow".
* RepurposedPopSong: "Rock and Roll".
* {{Sampling}}: Lots of people love the drum beat of "When the Levee Breaks".
* {{Scatting}}: "D'yer Mak'er" and "The Ocean".
* SelfTitledAlbum: Three of them, officially. Four unofficially.
* ShoutOut: Most famously, the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' references in "Ramble On" and "The Battle of Evermore".
** The cover of ''Houses of the Holy'' is a depiction of the end of Creator/ArthurCClarke's ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd.''
** The ''Presence'' object, according to the band members, was an artistic depiction of the ''2001'' monoliths.
** In an example of a ''literal'' ShoutOut, Plant can be heard saying [[Music/JoniMitchell "Joni!" (Mitchell)]] on the live version of "Going to California" from ''How the West Was Won''. Fitting, considering the song was basically about how the band were big fans of Music/JoniMitchell.
** The Pan imagery from "Stairway to Heaven" appears to be inspired by ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows''.
** Jimmy Page performed Music/ChuckBerry's duckwalk at concerts.
** Kashmir has the line "I am a traveler of both time and space". It's obvious [[Series/DoctorWho what]] it is referring to.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Heartbreaker" and "Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman)".
* SnowMeansDeath: "No Quarter".
* SomethingBlues: "Travelling Riverside Blues".
* TheSomethingSong: "The Lemon Song", "Immigrant Song", "The Rain Song", and "The Wanton Song".
* SongStyleShift: "Over the Hills and Far Away" starts out as an acoustic guitar folk ballad, and then it abruptly transitions into a faced-paced hard rock tune (with the acoustic guitar providing the rhythm), and then slows down into an echo-y finish.
** "Stairway to Heaven" does something similar, starting off quite wistful, folksy, and gently lilting (even including recorders), becoming increasingly blunt, bold, and vigorous, and eventually turning into all-out harsh, wild hard rock in the last verse.
* SpecialGuest: Sandy Denny, of English folk-rock band Music/FairportConvention, contributes duet vocals on "The Battle of Evermore".
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: They have two songs named after the Bron-Yr-Aur cottage where they recorded. One of them gets it right ("Bron-Yr-Aur"), but the other spells it wrong ("Bron-Y-Aur Stomp").
* StairwayToHeaven: TropeNamers, but subverted, as she's buying the stairway to Heaven and does not AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* StopAndGo: "What is and What Should Never Be" and "Thank You".
** "Heartbreaker" ends abruptly mid-word before the next song, "Living Loving Maid" -- and as [[SiameseTwinSongs these two songs are often aired together on classic rock stations]], it has this effect.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Whole Lotta Love", "Heartbreaker".
* TitleTrack: Subversion see PrematureEncapsulation.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Heartbreaker" and "Good Times Bad Times", though the latter returns to the original key. Also at the end of "All My Love".
* UncommonTime:
** "The Crunge" from ''Houses of the Holy'' started off in 9/8 (4/8 + 5/8) and mixed it up from there.
** From the same album, we get "The Ocean"; the main riff is in (4/4 + 7/8), or 15/8.
** The main "call and response" section in "Black Dog" from the untitled fourth album is in what sounds like (3/4 + 4/4 + 5/4).
** "Four Sticks" from the same album alternates between 5/8 and 6/8, with a synthesizer section in 3/4.
** "Kashmir" from ''Physical Graffiti'' has, in the main section, the drums playing straight 4/4 while the strings, guitar, and bass all play 3/4. There's also a bar of 9/8 before the bridge.
** "Achilles' Last Stand" from ''Presence'' has a segment in 5/4.
** Also from ''Presence'', the bridge of "For Your Life" has extra beats thrown into some of the measures, and the "Do it when you wanna" section features a measure of 4/4 followed by a measure of 5/4.
** Again from ''Presence'', the intro to "Tea for One" is in 9/8, although Bonzo plays a straight 4/4 beat over it. The rest of the song is in a languid 6/8.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Trampled Under Foot" is ostensibly [[AutoErotica about a car]]. Try to figure out what it's actually about.
* WordSaladLyrics

[[AC:Misc. Tropes:]]

* TheAlcoholic: Bonzo could drink an absurd amount. On the night he died, he reportedly drank 30 screwdrivers (vodka and orange juice).
* AllDrummersAreAnimals: [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]] may be considered the quintessential example of this, but Keith just trashed hotel rooms. Bonzo trashed ''people''.
* AppropriatedAppellation: Led Zeppelin got their name when Keith Moon and John Entwistle suggested that a supergroup with them, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, would "go down like a lead balloon".
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The scenery described in "Kashmir" has nothing to do with the region in India. According to Robert Plant, the lyrics were inspired by a drive through the deserts of Southern Morocco. Kashmir was merely an attractive far-off place he wanted to visit.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: If you had a dollar for every single time Robert Plant says "baby", you would never have to work another day.
* BadassBeard: Their manager Peter Grant. Also Bonham.
* BatmanGambit: Jimmy Page had the length of "How Many More Times" erroneously listed as 3:23 on the back cover of their first album (it's actually 8:26) in order to trick radio stations into playing it.
* BritishRockstar: The band's penchant for backstage mayhem helped codify this trope.
* ControlFreak:
** Jimmy Page was sole producer and even admitted he changed engineers for the first three albums just to make it clear ''he'' was the architect of the band's sound. A good example of this would be the recording of "You Shook Me" as described by Jimmy:
--->''Later, when we recorded "You Shook Me", I told the engineer, Glyn Johns, that I wanted to use backwards echo on the end. He said, "Jimmy, it can't be done." I said, "Yes, it can. I've already done it." Then he began arguing, so I said, "Look, I'm the producer. I'm going to tell you what to do, and just do it." So he grudgingly did everything I told him to, and when we were finished he started refusing to push the fader up so I could hear the result. Finally, I had to scream, "Push the bloody fader up!" And lo and behold, the effect worked perfectly.''
** Manager Peter Grant, the big intimidating former wrestler who traveled with the band at all times, remained in charge through the chaos of touring, negotiated their contract with Atlantic Records, had complete faith in them, and personally made sure that most of the profits from live performances went to the band -- bootleggers and unauthorized photographers were lucky to get off with a stern talking-to. His most famous appearance was in the concert movie ''The Song Remains the Same'', where he deployed a ClusterFBomb against a concert promoter who failed to stop illegal poster sales, and he was depicted in a fantasy sequence as a hitman alongside tour manager Richard Cole.
** The surviving band members were famous for rarely licensing their stuff for movies and TV shows (unless it involved Creator/CameronCrowe, who was the only music journalist to ever give them positive reviews in ''Rolling Stone''), and never for video games (Page at least in the latter case; Jones seems to be okay with it, as we know from the Music/ThemCrookedVultures songs in ''VideoGame/RockBand'', and one of Plant's solo songs is in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' -- which is not a rhythm game, but it's still a game for which a song by a Led member is licensed).
* CoolOldGuy: Robert, John, and Jimmy on ''Celebration Day''. Two guys in their sixties and one nearly sixty and they proved they could still rock as hard as '''anybody''' out there today.
* {{Cosplay}}: John Bonham famously donned [[Film/AClockworkOrange Alex DeLarge's]] gang attire during some shows of the band's 1975 North American tour.
* DeadGuyJunior: Jason Bonham took his father's place in the band for the few occasions they still play together.
* DownerEnding: John Bonham's death from a drug overdose at the age of 32.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Plant is Choleric, Page is Melancholic, Bonham is Sanguine, and Jones is Phlegmatic.
* FunetikAksent: On their manager Peter Grant's suggestion, they changed the spelling to "Led Zeppelin" to prevent "thick Americans" from pronouncing it "leed".
* IAmTheBand: Subverted. Jimmy Page started the band, hired the other three members, wrote the bulk of the music, and produced all of the albums, so from an outside perspective it could have been seen as Jimmy starting a solo career after The Yardbirds. In truth, the four members were equals. When Bonham died [[TrueCompanions they chose to disband rather than replace their fallen friend]].
* InsultBackfire: Responding to a derisive remark that only potheads listened to Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page once famously said, "That's a relief, we were afraid the music would be too loud for stoned people."
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: "This band will never work -- it'll go over like a Lead Zeppelin!" FromACertainPointOfView it was technically true, though: The Page / Beck / Hopkins / Entwistle / Moon lineup never did catch on.
* {{Jailbait}}: In 1972, Jimmy Page met a 13 year old rock groupie named Lori Maddox at a nightclub and he immediately became obsessed with her. The two of them began a secret affair that lasted for three years.
* LongRunnerLineUp: To the logical extreme; they never changed their lineup during their 12-year existence.
* LosingTheTeamSpirit: The band broke up after John Bonham's death.
* MrFanservice:
** As seen in the above picture, Robert Plant typically performed wearing an [[WalkingShirtlessScene open shirt]] and PaintedOnPants.
** Jimmy Page as well. In fact, both Plant and Page tend to be the two main subjects of epic squee-fests in general.
* MyspeldRokband: They most likely [[TropeCodifier popularized it]]. WordOfGod was that they wanted to make sure Americans would pronounce "Lead" like the heavy metal and not like the Zeppelin that is in the front.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: John Paul Jones is often forgotten. Jones himself didn't mind, and took advantage of his relative lack of recognition to walk around the streets of where they toured.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dorian Red Gloria, the fabulously gay art thief from ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', was physically modeled after Robert Plant. (Three of his subordinates in the Eroica gang are modeled after the other Zeppelin band members.)
* NoodleIncident: The mudshark incident. [[TheRashomon Depending on who you ask]], during the band's stay at Seattle's Edgewater Hotel in 1969, one or more members of the band and/or crew [[spoiler: sodomized one or more groupies with one or more fish and/or mudsharks, living or dead, which the band had just caught while fishing off their balcony]]. It became infamous enough to be spoofed by Music/FrankZappa on his LiveAlbum ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971''.
* PaintedOnPants: Plant's trademark attire. Little wonder that his "girly whine" is his ''other'' trademark...
* PopCulturalOsmosis
* {{Pun}}: Aside from the title of "D'yer Mak'er", the cover of ''Led Zeppelin II'' manages to have a VisualPun. The story goes like this: Designer David Juniper, asked to just come up with something "interesting", took a photo of Manfred "The Red Baron" von Richthofen and his Flying Circus from UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, filtered it and airbrushed the band members' heads onto the bodies. All good. He then put in manager Peter Grant and tour manager Richard Cole's heads. So far so good. But then, you notice there's a woman on the cover too, namely actress Glynis Johns. You may ask what she has to do with Led Zeppelin. The answer is: Bugger-all. She was just thrown on there because she has [[NamesTheSame a similar name]] to Glyn Johns, who engineered the band's first album. One wonders why Juniper even bothered, since Glyn's brother Andy replaced him as engineer for ''II''.
* PunnyName
* RecordProducer: Jimmy Page produced the albums himself. He made a point of using different studios and engineers for each album to prove that he was in charge of the band's sound. John Paul Jones was also an experienced producer before joining the band.
* RichBitch: "Stairway to Heaven" is about one. [[MindScrew Probably]].
* SelfPlagiarism: Jimmy Page took many late Yardbirds songs and reworked them. "Tangerine", for example, is an almost note-by-note copy of "Knowing That I'm Losing You", an unreleased Yardbirds track from just before they broke up.
* SeriousBusiness: Allegations of plagiarism plus the occasional FanDumb equals not very fun indeed.
* SpinningPaper: In the band's movie ''The Song Remains the Same''; "Led Zeppelin Robbed of $203k".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Music/TheYardbirds.
* StageName: The real name of John Paul Jones is John Baldwin.
* TwoFacedAside: Led Zeppelin's early albums featured quite a few songs where they basically copied lyrics and/or riffs from older blues songs. Then Jimmy Page sued rapper Music/SchoollyD for doing the same thing with "Kashmir". Then Page and Music/RageAgainstTheMachine guitarist Tom Morello recorded ''the same riffs'' for Puff Daddy's ''Film/Godzilla1998'' single "Come with Me".
* UndignifiedDeath: John Bonham died by choking on his own vomit.
* VillainSong: "Immigrant Song" is sung from the perspective of Viking invaders doing what they do best. Featuring the famous "battle cry" intro.
-->''So now you'd better stop, and rebuild all your ruins,''
-->''For peace and trust can win the day despite of all your losing.''
* TheWalrusWasPaul: When Page and Plant were in concert one night, after Zeppelin broke up, someone in the audience shouted, "What does your symbol mean, Jimmy?" To which Plant replied, [[Film/CarryOnScreaming "Frying tonight!"]]
* UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands: Alluded to in the title of "Black Country Woman".
[-''...and she's buying the stairway... to heaven...''-]