Best Led Zeppelin Albums

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

The Top Ten

1 Led 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

Not a weak song on this album. =)

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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.

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!

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.

Is there any song on Led Zeppelin II that is not absolutely amazing? All of them together create a dynamic but overall well balanced album, which is just a pleasure to listen to every single time. I also like IV but I think their second album is their real masterpiece if one thinks of Led Zeppelin as the ultimate classic rockband. The best thing are all the great guitar riffs, that are perfectly supported by Jones' melodic basslines and Bonham's agressive drumming, not to forget Plant's bluesy vocals on top of it. Every young guitarist who hears these riffs for the first time, instantly wants to learn them. I am sure that this album will be popular over the next centuries and not be forgotten in thousand years if there will always be people that are playing the electric guitar. It is in my opinion the magnum opus of four of the most genius minds in music history.
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant:Thank you very much for creating this truely timeless ...more

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3 Physical 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.

I am not a led Zepline fan but I have to admit this is a great album.

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4 Led 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!

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

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

A real hard choice to choose this album from the others. To me it's the most homogeneous of all, full of rough power and perfect riffs. A real first album where they've thrown all they had in their hearts. I love the II and the III, but after all this one keeps me as high as possible, uncontrollable...
It's a best off all their improvised live shows condensed in an album, so the result is the cream of a distilled elixir... volatile, powerful, intoxicating, and a "can't stop listening to it" feeling.
Just to react about number IV which is noted number 1. It's not a bad album, but personally I think it's a shame that many people voted for this one only because of Stairway to Heaven and not with the full conscience and the knowledge of the whole Led Zeppelin discography.
This is my choice but everybody, in a logic way, have a different feeling on every music, depending on how and when they discovered it, just don't forget about it, and don't blame others because they don't think ...more

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5 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! - 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.

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

Number 4 in my Zeppelin ranking. This album is one of my favorites from anyone in history.
The Ocean Is quite possibly my favorite Page guitar tune. The riff is so good and again the bass and drum backbone is phenomenal. Page's lyrics are catchy and his voice is brilliant. In terms of the guitar, this is only 2nd to the great Black Dog riff when talking Jimmy Page. The ocean alone is enough to buy this album. It's that good for me and the main reason I rank it 4th in their album catalog, but by no means the only reason.
The acoustic bits in over the hills and far away are right down beautiful and the song is so different from anything at that time or even today. It's from one end to the other, but so well rounded. The song remains the same, the rain song, the crunge, d'yer mak'er are all fine tracks as well. Maybe not as much brilliance as ll, IV and l, but it's a truly great album.

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6 Led Zeppelin III

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! - obargl

5th in my Zeppelin album ranking. For me it's actually as good as my number 4 with personal song favorites being my difference. While I like Houses of the Holy better and while Houses showed many characteristics of Led Zeppelin sound it was also an album where the ventured into some different takes on the music they wrote and performed. But it wasn't original in regards to showing the world Led Zeppelin was more than straight up rock n roll. Of course, they demonstrated this in their better albums, but for me Led Zeppelin grew so much in their 3rd studio album. All 4 of them showed they could play all sorts of styles without being way out there and remain true to who they were. Great bands can do these things. Most can't. Led Zeppelin lll was that album for Led Zeppelin as a band who could do more and be different without being unrecognizable to the listener. Immigrant Song (while not one of my all time favorite Zeppelin songs) sounded like something from the mid to late 1990s. It's a ...more

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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.

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?

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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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.

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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

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

11 Mothership

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

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12 BBC Sessions

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

13 Celebration Day

Contains the definitive versions of Kashmir and For Your Live.

Underrated given the period of inactivity

The best of the best

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15 The 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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16 Listen to This, Eddie V 1 Comment
17 Led Zeppelin: The Early Days

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

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