Best Led Zeppelin Albums

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1Led Zeppelin IV

Is Led Zeppelin at it's best. From Black Dog to When the Levee Breaks it rocks. Has classic songs that first time listeners recognize, but didn't know it was their song. For instance, Going to California.

My favorite album of all time by any artist. People say the only reason it's famous is because of Stairway to Heaven, but they neglect to realize that it also has the heaviness of Rock and Roll and Black Dog, the folk rock elements in The Battle of Evermore, the mystification of Misty Mountain Hop and When The Levee Breaks, the superb lyrics and vocals in Four Sticks, and last but not least the folk-sounding mellowness of Going to California.

Just about better than Physical Graffiti. Top 4 songs: I. Stairway, II. Black Dog, III. When the levee breaks, IV. Four Sticks

Just a solid album through and through.

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2Led Zeppelin II

Oh no! It couldn't really happened! IV as the first? On fourth album are only Stairway, Black Dog, When the Levee and Rock and Roll, the rest of it is just songs, nothing special. Second album is real winner because of a number of great songs. For 9 songs 6 are really genius and the rest are on good level. You've got here: Whole Lotta Love, What is and What Should Never Be, Heartbreaker, Ramble On, Moby Dick, Bring It On Home. If I had to choose from this list my four favourite one, I couldn't do it. But on IV album that would be easy... Because there are no other good songs but Stairway, Black Dog, Levee and Rock'n'Roll. That's why I think Led Zeppelin II album is their greatest!

In my opinion this is by far their best album ever! There's not one bad song on it. Plant's voice sound the best on it, Page's riffs are better than ever, JPJ's bass lines are beautifully melodic, and Bonham is at the top of his game in my opinion.

My pick for their best ever. Poetic, lyrical, restrained yet powerful. Confident. Heartfelt. Soaring. Masterful rhythms. Each song is exquisite. It doesn't get any better than this.

I'd put this third, after IV and Houses of the Holy. Great album.

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3Led Zeppelin I

In my opinion this is the one of the only led zeppelin albums where every single song was absolutely brilliant, I mean don't get me wrong their my favorite band of all time but this album just seemed the freshest and I love the way its bluesy rock, also I think John Paul Jones' bass playing was probably at its best on this one and his organ solo on 'Your time is gonna come was absolutely epic, favorite songs on it are: Good Times Bad Times, Dazed and Confused and actually what am I saying their all winners, awesome!

Top Three songs: Good Times Bad Times, Dazed and Confused, Communication Breakdown. -

Just imagine placing the record in the record player without knowing what you're gonna get into. All you hear from the very first track is a very strong E5 chord and already you're blown away. The explosiveness of that album is unparalleled; Zeppelin 1 is raw, sexy and their greatest album.

Their worst one

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4Houses of the Holy

Come on, the only Led Zeppelin better than this one is Led Zeppelin IV and by just a little bit. Over the Hills and Far Away, D'yer Maker, No Quarter, The Rain Song, The Ocean... This album is epic! - fidelcanojr

This is the most accessible of Zeppelin's Albums. Their Fourth Album and Physical Graffiti may have more appeal to some people due to their many hits. But Houses of The Holy has the most widespread usage of many genres such as funk, phychedelic, reggae, and even pre-cursors to grunge. The album flows very smoothly despite some miniscule rough patches. Basically Led Zeppelin at their finest.

Song Remains the Same. THREE GUITAR SOLOS. One of the most beautiful songs. A happy summertime tune, followed by the beautiful Rain Song and Over the Hills and Far Away. Then it gets diverse. The Crunge brings in funk, Dancing Days sounds just... different, then the reggae stylings of D'yer Mak'er. No Quarter is one of the most relaxing and at the same time spooky. Then finishing off with The Ocean, a happy song that sounds like it should be on Led Zeppelin II that is complete with an outro section, just like Stairway to Heaven or Out on the Tiles. Absolutely brilliant.

Houses is better than their first two albums.

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5Physical Graffiti

In My opinion tied with Led Zeppelin IV.
Top Three Songs:
DISC 1: Kashmir, Trampled Underfoot, The Rover
DISC 2: Ten Years Gone, In The Light, Sick again -

Zeppelin at the height of their powers. Who can resist a double album. Classics like Kashmir, Ten Years Gone, In the Light...

The power of Kashmir, the funk and groove of songs like in my time of dying and the wanton song, trampled underfoot. My personal favourite guitar solo of all time in ten years gone. If I could only take one album on a road trip it would be this one.

Their best work, hands down.

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6Led Zeppelin III

This album was important for Led Zeppelin, this album showed that they could play other music. That Jimmy Page played an acoustic just as good as an electric. This album showed the world that they weren't just some rock band, it showed that they were capable of other types of music. It shows the maturation of Led Zeppelin's music.

I think this album is a underrated, it is clearly one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Since I've been loving you is the most beautiful song of all time.

Since I've Been Loving You I'm about to lose my worried mind. Timeless! - obargl

That's the one of their albums that is the most "sunny" and so natural, on the other hand being so powerful and mind-blowing... I love their every album with all my heart, but to this one I can listen the most often.

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Remember buying it when it first came out. Never heard anything like it before or since. The sheer power, precision, dynamics and speed of the four musicians as never been matched.

My favourite as well. Play it now and you will have to agree it has lasted better than some of the more acclaimed albums?

Most underrated albums. Definitely deserves top spot for Achilles Last Stand, Nobodys Fault But Mine, and Tea For One.

Can not understand how this album is so consistently overlooked. It is fun like Houses of the Holy and really Rocks.

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8In Through The Out Door

So much better than the one-note and lifeless Presence. The production is lacking, especially the mixing of the vocals on Carouselambra, and the guitar-work is worse on this album than any other The songs, however, are just better than the ones on Presence, and there's a lot more variety. This album is a band finding it's footing again. It's a transitional album, sad that it ended up being their last.

Every song is a gem, and Carouselambra and Fool In The Rain are two of my favorite Zeppelin songs. This last album shows that they were at the height of their powers and would have continued to amaze everyone.

My favorite album of ALL time. Fool In The Rain, Carouselambra and All Of My Love are Led Zeppelin at their best. Even has Zepp's most underrated song, I'm Gonna Crawl...

you could listen this all night long... songs like In the evening, Hot Dog, All my love : all great

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Poor tom, We're gonna groove, I can't quit you baby, all awesome

10The Song Remains the Same

I voted for thins because it's so unsung. It's the best live album ever. Its definitely better than coda in through the out door and presence combined. Its not my favourite but its f in amazing shame on those who didn't vote for it. I have to say graffiti is a little over rated though it kicks ass. This album rocks it's the best live album ever and everybody should watch this before you ascend the stairway to heaven. I never got stairway to I saw it visualised in the dvd plus the starts really triply. I have got many friends hooked on zep with this album alone. Apart from this the winners should be houses 1 2 and 4 though you can't really fault zep at all

29 minute version of dazed and confused! Wow! - SammySpore

It's true that it's forgotten but it is kind of a cheat because it's a compilation.

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The Contenders


Why is this so low. This is an album with their best songs.

The best way to get into Led Zeppelin, seriously - AggressiveBlaze

12BBC Sessions

Listen and hear the same song played numerous ways, a testament to their live versatility

13How the West Was Won [live]

Their best live album by a mile.

14Led Zeppelin: The Early Days

A collection of their best songs from their first four albums.

15Celebration Day

Contains the definitive versions of Kashmir and For Your Live.

Underrated given the period of inactivity

16The Dancing Avocado

What the hell is the dancing avocado?

A lot of people don't know this, but this is an unofficial release of a live concert in 1969 before the release of Led Zeppelin 1. - lavillaof2112

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