- Awesome Music: "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" are both regarded as defining songs of the 60s.
- Dork Age: "We Built This City"
- Face of the Band: Grace Slick tended to get the most attention for Jefferson Airplane; Mickey Thomas took over the role when he joined Jefferson Starship.
- Fanon Discontinuity: The first Jefferson Starship album (which was actually credited to "Grace Slick/Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship" rather than the band as a unit) is often ignored in favour of the second album, Red Octopus, which was credited to the band as a whole, featured the return of lead vocalist Marty Balin, included their biggest hit (the ballad "Miracles") and remains the only number one album by any version of the group.
- Jumped the Shark/Broken Base: Despite being on some wildly popular hit singles, the advent of Mickey Thomas is not remembered pleasantly by longtime fans.
- Tearjerker: Starship's "Sara".