- Broken Base: Between fans who think that they are too similar to Led Zeppelin (and, to a lesser extent, other 70s Classic Rock groups such as Aerosmith and Rush) and those who think that they are already unique enough.
- Critical Dissonance: Despite mixed-to-negative reviews, the band managed to score a #3 album on the Billboard 200, which proceeded to stay on the chart for eleven weeks afterwards.
- Face of the Band: Josh Kiszka.
- Guilty Pleasure: There are people who consider them to be imitative of Led Zeppelin, yet appreciate their musical abilities nonetheless.
- I Am Not Shazam: Their name sounds like it should refer to a woman, not a group. On a whim, they named themselves after a resident of their hometown who they thought had a cool name (Gretna Van Fleet), without initially telling her - when they first started performing live, their namesake would be confused by acquaintances asking if she was planning on putting on a show.
- Memetic Loser: Considered this by their vocal Hatedom for being "rip-offs" of Led Zeppelin. And that's all we have to say about that.
- Overshadowed by Controversy: As explained above, the band is often criticized for sounding like Led Zeppelin and Josh in particular for sounding like Robert Plant and mimicking some of his gestures (even if Josh stated that he did not even know who Led Zeppelin were until high school). Some argue it stalls the evolution of rock music, while some argue it's a nice change of pace. Their first album got a negative review from Pitchfork's Jeremy Larson, who labeled it 'half-baked boomer fetishism'. This review is either extremely funny or extremely pretentious depending on who you ask (mostly the latter).
- Serial Numbers Filed Off / They Copied It, So It Sucks!: Often accused of being this to Led Zeppelin. Again, that's all we have to say about that.
YMMV / Greta Van Fleet