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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 1969-1975, with particular emphasis on IV and Physical Graffiti.
    • You could throw in Creator Backlash too; Plant reportedly said that he wished the band were remembered more for "Kashmir" than "Stairway".
  • Covered Up: Who remembers "When the Levee Breaks" by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy? Or "Dazed & 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 Led Zeppelin album released during the 1970s except maybe Physical Graffiti (then, strangely, in 2006 they put Led Zeppelin on the cover of the magazine and called them the greatest rock band of all time).
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: Those double-kicks you hear on "Good Times Bad Times"? They were done with a single pedal. While not as remarkable now, back in 1969, this was considered amazing, especially considering Bonzo was imitating what was originally done with a double-bass set.
  • 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: Many of their songs have at least one.
  • First and Foremost: Quick, can you name a single band that's managed to cover up Led Zeppelin? Thought not.
    • Led Zeppelin. "I remember Robert Plant saying [they] were a cover band now because they cover all their own stuff." —Björn Ulvaeus, on why ABBA would never reform.
  • Funny Moment: "The Crunge".
  • 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 Icarusnote  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 have an effect on 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.
      • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Magnum Opus: While there is much discussion among fans about what the band's best album is (you can usually find a lot of people who will advocate for any of their first seven studio albums), their untitled fourth album seems to be the critical favourite.
  • Memetic Sex God: Step One: Look at this picture. Congratulations, you are now pregnant. Even if you're a guy.
  • 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: Zepp's rendition of "When The Levee Breaks". See Harsher in Hindsight
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: John Paul Jones is often forgotten.
  • 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".
  • Periphery Demographic: Led Zeppelin is still enjoyed by a good portion of today's youth.
  • Signature Song: "Stairway To Heaven".
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Page was infamous for reworking old songs (mostly blues ones) and not crediting the original artist.
  • 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", "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 we listen very hard, the truth will come to us at last.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • Led Zeppelin was initially trashed by music critics, including Rolling Stone. 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 the other hand, Rolling Stone actually praised Physical Graffiti when it came out, calling it "the band's Tommy, Beggar's Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one."
    • The press in general was a Berserk Button for John Bonham. He once threw a fit at a journalist who claimed to be a fan.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted, it often was. Especially by the time Presence and In Through the Out Door rolled around.
  • Zeppelin Is Unheavy: Well, try finding one famous band that doesn't have this sort of thing. In particular John Bonham's drum beats. (Especially "When The Levee Breaks") His influence is so pervasive in modern rock that many younger listeners are legitimately baffled as to what's the big deal about him.
    • Imagine how the people who went to see them in '68, when they were going by The New Yardbirds, must have reacted. For illustrative purposes, here are the Yardbirds, and here's Zeppelin.
    • Double Subverted: When Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds they were known as a heavy band (Beck being one of the first to really use distorted guitars. Just look at this clip from the film Blow Up (which was during the short lived Page/Beck line-up), while never trashing instruments on stage (they did originally want The Who) it's still far from "light".
    • Geddy Lee saw them in 1969 in an old theater in Toronto. They brought the house down. Literally, bits of the old roof started falling down.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Pretty much the entirety of Led Zeppelin IV.

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