Best Led Zeppelin Albums

No compliation or live albums, just the 9 studio albums.

The Top Ten

1 Led Zeppelin IV

Was going to vote for Physical Graffiti but this one edges it out slightly, though not because of Stairway to Heaven (which is still an amazing song):

1. Black Dog-- Lyrics are kind of basic in my opinion, but I enjoy the song's structure and instrumentation.
2. Rock and Roll-- Classic... Well, rock and roll! The title speaks for itself, definite high point on the album.
3. The Battle of Evermore-- Not my favorite on the album, but for the sake of Page incorporating a mandolin, it's a very solid attempt.
4. Stairway to Heaven-- Another example of fine structural build-up, though since I'm a softy the first four minutes of the song are what I enjoy the most. Top 10 in songs ever composed.
5. Misty Mountain Hop-- Solid song.
6. Four Sticks-- My least favorite on the album.
7. Going to California-- It is either When the Levee Breaks or this for my personal favourite. This is a simple acoustic/folk track through and through, and Plant's vocals tell a pretty ...more

Supreme human artistic achievement. Not just the best Zep album, but one of the greatest albums ever made.

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.

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

2 Led Zeppelin II

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.

As famous as IV is, it's just not as good. EVERY SONG on II is amazing, whereas there are really only 5 great songs on IV; Going to California, Rock and Roll, Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, and best of all, When The Levee Breaks. Led Zeppelin II starts off with Whole Lotta Love, the best song on the album; then goes to What Is And What Should Never Be, the second best on the album. Third is The Lemon Song, which has one of, if not THE best bass solo in classic rock. Fourth is Thank You, one of the more mellow and beautiful songs on the album. It is followed by the energetic and iconic Heartbreaker, containing one of Page's best solos. Living Loving Maid is next, a short and equally energetic and exciting song to the previous track. Then, Ramble On, which has some of the best rhythm section work in all of rock, between Jones and Bonham. After that is Moby Dick, the best drum solo in all of rock. And finally, the album closes with Bring It On Home, which is just as bluesy as it is ...more

This is the only Zeppelin album where I don't feel the need to skip a single track on it any time I listen to it. On the debut I would skip Black Mountain Side. On III, I would skip most of the second side. On IV, I would skip the Battle of Evermore, Stairway, and Going to California. On Houses of the Holy I could do without No Quarter and maybe even the Rain Song. On Physical Graffiti I could skip... a lot of side 3 but there are too many to specify which. On Presence I wouldn't miss Achilles Last Stand. And on In Through the Out Door, I could take out basically all of side 2 and miss nothing. But on II, everything is worth listening to.

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!

3 Physical Graffiti

So all you people say side 1 is the best, but I beg to differ, The entire album is just set apart from the others and is a phenomenal point in Rock and roll history. I will go through all 15 songs and describe how great they are, in order of appearance since I can't rank them right:
1)Custard Pie-phenomenal riff and solo from the king of riffs, Jimmy Page
2)The rover- no solo, but what the guitar lacks in style is made up for in how hard-hitting this song is and how contemplative the lyrics are
3)In my time of dying- anther example of when they took an old blues and made it probably my favorite song EVER, 11 minutes of pure awesome
4)Houses of the Holy- wrong album, Zeppelin, easily the worst song on disc 1, but the riff is good
5) Trampled Underfoot- an amazing example of how Jones can do more than play the bass like a boss, his keyboard is killer on this song
6)Kashmir- best song on disc 1, not opinion, just facts, do I need to describe it?
7)In the light- ...more

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.

4 Houses 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!

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.

I might be the only one who would say that Houses of the Holy is the best Led Zeppelin album, but I can see why this gets overlooked amongst their legendary discography

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.

5 Led Zeppelin I

Most talent exemplified on this album regarding overall musicianship.

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.

In my opinion there isn't a bad album from Led Zeppelin but I think Led Zeppelin I is their best because it sounds really good, the lyrics are incredible and because the other albums got songs with good lyrics but not that good sound for me

6 Led Zeppelin III

It is underrated, but not that underrated. I'd put this at no.4, I still think it's better than their debut album and Houses of the Holy. Great album.

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.

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.

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

7 Presence

8th in my ranking of Zeppelin albums. The band had already done so much at this point. But still delivered a lovely album. Maybe it should be above my 7th slot as its more original than the coda album which took tracks over a span of recordings. Achilles last stand is solid as well as tea for one. I've always enjoyed Royal Orleans and Nobody's fault but mine. I've heard people call this album the lazy Zeppelin album, but it's not for me. Listen, they were the biggest rock band in the world and delivered more than almost anyone with Led Zeppelin l, ll, lll, IV, houses of the holy, and physical graffiti that required so much imagination, creation and sheer brilliance of talent that it was only a matter of time before an album like presence was made. No knocking the band nor this album, but it's hard to keep producing music to compare next to those other albums. I admire this album and for me they worked hard doing this album.

This is one of the greatest rock albums in history. "Achilles Last Stand", "For your Life", "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and "Tea for One" are amazing songs.

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?

8 In Through The Out Door

9th in my ranking. One could say Plant didn't have Led Zeppelin solely on his mind in Presence but in through the out door for me was the album Led Zeppelin started thinking they've achieved all they could achieve and their personal and collective goals had been reached. Both presence and this album were nice records but both lacked the exploration yet sticking to each of their roots. Idc what plant or page said.. by this time they had other projects on their mind. Though the 'lack of enthusiasm' some claimed.. All my love was a track that made it worth buying for me. Great song.

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...

9 Coda

I rank Coda 7th. I just love the album. More a collection over the years, but still absolutely brilliant. Plus even though Hey, Hey what can I do was the B side single of Immigrant Song on lll it was never on the original lll album I don't think. Which would probably push lll up a place in my ranking. Instead Coda benefits a space for including that superb and their greatest acoustic tune. Travelling riverside blues was a classic Robert Johnson tune brilliantly done by Page and Plant. I enjoy Poor Tom and White Summer/Black Mountain slide as well. Nice album.

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

This isn't the best but the most underrated zeppelin album. All the songs are heavy and pure rock n roll

10 The Song Remains the Same The Song Remains the Same Product Image

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!

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

Awesome album, I own one and love!
Zeppelin Rocks!

The Contenders

11 Mothership Mothership Product Image

It has their best songs because it is a compilation album. It doesn't deserve to be higher.

If it's a good song, it's on mothership!

Wow... I honestly expected this to be in the top 3

Love them all!

12 BBC Sessions BBC Sessions Product Image

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

13 Celebration Day Celebration Day Product Image

Contains the definitive versions of Kashmir and For Your Live.

Underrated given the period of inactivity

The best of the best

14 How the West Was Won [live] How the West Was Won [live] Product Image

One of the best live albums of all time. Not the best, but it's up there

Their best live album by a mile.

Just heard dazed and confused...bloody good!

15 The Dancing Avocado The Dancing Avocado Product Image

What the hell is the dancing avocado?

It's a live bootleg from April of 1969. It's considered to be one of their finest performances as a live act. - Metarock

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.

LOL, seriously?

16 Listen to This, Eddie Listen to This, Eddie Product Image

A famous bootleg of theirs. INCREDIBLE performance, Bonham is on fire. It's from 6/21/77 at the LA Forum.

For those unaware, this is a famous bootleg of theirs, from the LA Forum of June 21st, 1977. Outstanding show recorded in phenomenal quality, especially for an audience recording, done by Mike Millard, a famous bootlegger.

Iron Maiden Reference Maybe?

Apparently it's a knock at their audio engineer, Eddie Kramer. Not sure about the rest of the title. - Metarock

17 Led Zeppelin: The Early Days Led Zeppelin: The Early Days Product Image

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

18 The Destroyer The Destroyer Product Image
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