YMMV / Led Zeppelin

  • Awesome Music:
    • "Stairway to Heaven" is considered by some to be the greatest rock song of all time. Coincidentally, others (even some who are Led Zeppelin fans) consider it to be the most overrated. Fans would nominate everything the band recorded between 196975, with particular emphasis on Led Zeppelin IV and Physical Graffiti.
    • Let's not forget Presence here. Page thinks "Achilles Last Stand" is the band's best song for good reason, and several of the other tracks on that album are pretty great too (in particular, no one should skip "Nobody's Fault But Mine" or "Tea for One", though even the filler tracks like "Royal Orleans" and "Candy Store Rock" are pretty fun).
  • Covered Up: Who remembers "When the Levee Breaks" by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy? Or "Dazed and Confused" by Jake Holmes? Or every other song they covered / plagiarised bits of?
  • Critical Dissonance: Although they were wildly popular with rock fans, Led Zeppelin was hated by music critics. Rolling Stone magazine gave negative reviews to every single album they released during the 1970's except Physical Graffiti; then, strangely, in 2006 they put them on the cover of the magazine and called them the greatest rock band of all time.
  • Ear Worm: Almost all of their songs.
  • Ending Fatigue: As great as they were in pretty much all other respects, some of their songs suffer from this to a certain degree. "In My Time of Dying" should probably have just ended at the Fake-Out Fade-Out, for example — Robert Plant, while a great vocalist in most other respects, unfortunately is a rather tiresome scat singer.
  • Epic Riff:
  • First and Foremost: Quick, can you name a single band that's managed to cover up Led Zeppelin? Thought not. note 
  • Funny Moments: "The Crunge".
    Plant: Where's that confounded bridge?!
  • Gateway Series:
    • Being one of the most famous rock bands, many people have got into classic rock with this band.
    • How many people would have discovered Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention had Denny not sung on "The Battle of Evermore"?
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Led Zeppelin was always more popular in the United States than their home country, especially early in their career.
  • Growing the Beard: Led Zeppelin IV.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • "When the Levee Breaks" after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and... The levees broke. When the levee broke, the people of New Orleans didn't have any place to stay. The song is actually about the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927, as it is a reworking of a Delta blues song from that era, but these days it's hard to associate the image of levees breaking with anything but Hurricane Katrina.
    • Also, Sandy Denny, who lent some vocals on IV — you know, the one with "Stairway to Heaven" on it? — died a few years later after falling down a flight of stairs.
    • The Icarus note  image used as the logo for the Swan Song label. It was used as the primary promotional art for the 1977 American tour and was featured on the tour program, posters and T-shirts. The tour was plagued with incidents, including rioting, assaults and lawsuits. Also, Jimmy Page's heroin addiction was starting to effect him and his playing, leading to illness and less than inspired playing. It came to a head when Robert Plant's five-year old son Karac died and the tour was cancelled. It took two years for the band to return to the stage and by that time Page's addiction had gotten even worse, Plant was visibly aged by the loss of his son, and punk was big enough to make the band look old, tired and pretentious. The 1977 tour was the band's fall from grace, making the Icarus imagery sadly appropriate in hindsight.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • There are entire communities of music lovers who think they are the most overblown, pretentious band in the history of music.
    • Also, amongst the Led Zeppelin fans, there are a good portion who despise "Stairway to Heaven" — considering other songs from the band's catalogue to be far superior. This was famously lampshaded in Wayne's World, with the music shop that Wayne and Garth like to visit carrying a strict "No Stairway to Heaven" policy for people interested in testing out instruments, though that could also have been due to the extreme length of the song, thus making it inappropriate for an in-store demonstration which is supposed to be fairly brief. (This was based on an actual sign in a Toronto music shop. It was put up because of the staff being sick of hearing too many amateur guitarists playing the intro in the store.)
  • The Law of Fan Jackassery: Since the band's heyday is long gone, but the band is still widely well-regarded — the fanbase is pretty much at the peak.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Led Zeppelin was born out of the final days of The Yardbirds.
  • Narm: The version of "Stairway to Heaven" from their live album The Song Remains the Same.
    Does anybody remember laughter?
  • Never Live It Down: The shark incident.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Folk singer Sandy Denny's vocals on "The Battle of Evermore" — the only Zeppelin guest singer.
  • Painful Rhyme: The LOTR quotes of "Ramble On" on Led Zeppelin II.
  • Periphery Demographic: Led Zeppelin is still enjoyed by a good portion of today's youth.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: John Bonham's drum beats, especially in "When the Levee Breaks". His influence is so pervasive in modern rock that many younger listeners probably are legitimately baffled as to what's the big deal about him.
  • Signature Song: "Stairway to Heaven". Even though it is ironically not very representative of the rest of their work.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Page was infamous for reworking old songs (mostly blues ones) and not crediting the original artist. The band was successfully sued for it several times, and reissues of the albums often add credits that were omitted in the original releases.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "All My Love" is a Grief Song that Robert Plant wrote after his five-year-old son died of a stomach virus.
    • Can also include: "Stairway to Heaven", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "Thank You", "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do", "That's the Way", "The Rain Song", "Tangerine", "Ten Years Gone", "Tea for One", "Going to California", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", "No Quarter", and "The Battle of Evermore".
    • The scenes from the Rockumentary film The Song Remains the Same that Robert Plant's children appear in can also bring one to tears — when you watch how happy and playful young Karac is, and realize that his life will come to a tragic end in a couple of years.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jimmy Page, maybe.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: What is "Stairway" really about? Try to guess. But "if you listen very hard, the tune will come to you at last".
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Led Zeppelin was initially trashed by music critics, including Rolling Stone (though Rolling Stone actually praised Physical Graffiti when it came out, calling it "the band's Tommy, Beggars Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one.") There's also a brutal Melody Maker review of Led Zeppelin III that, for a while, seemed to be something of a Berserk Button for Jimmy Page. Now, of course, both publications have "revisited" those assessments.
    • On a smaller scale, Presence was initially dismissed even by people who liked the band, but its stature has improved a lot in the intervening years, in no small part due to the three major works on it, "Achilles Last Stand", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", and "Tea for One". The other songs aren't bad either. It's not uncommon these days for people to cite "the first seven Zeppelin studio albums" as being the band's essential works.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted by the time Presence and In Through the Out Door rolled around.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Pretty much the entirety of Led Zeppelin IV.

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