Top Ten Reasons Why Pink Floyd are Better Than Led Zeppelin

I love Zeppelin too but Floyd for me are much better.

The Top Ten

1 Pink Floyd Didn't Steal Music.

I agree with the idea of this list and the items originally submitted by the author (I don't know what items will be submitted later). I disagree with zxm - Led Zeppelin didn't have only "partial rip offs". They had many entire rip offs, 100% - whole songs with the music, lyrics and even song titles. Songs that were actually uncredited covers - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, I Can't Quit You, Baby, You Shook Me, In My Time of Dying, Dazed and Confused. Songs with 90% plagiarism are Whole Lotta Love, The Lemon Song, Since I've Been Loving You. And many songs with less shares of ripoffs. - Metal_Treasure

Ha ha, I knew it'd be on top. It's the best thing of their's (floyd). Led Zeps did worse in this case. They had partial rip offs in their songs. Maybe 5 or 10%. But they blew their whole reputation for this. They simply could go on without any plagiarism. Kashmir, Achilles Last Stand, Rain Song, Tangerine etc. They had creativity but they couldn't use it properly. What if they hadn't plagiarize Babe I'm Gonna Leave You. The riff of this song was awesome. They had originally created it. But for the lyrics they blew it all. - zxm

2 David Gilmour is a Better Guitarist Than Jimmy Page.

I do agree with this one. David has always been a solid, melodic player, while some of Page's solos are really sloppy. I still like Jimmy, but I think that David is better. - Gg2000

Agreed. - Userguy44

I agree with this, too. Jimmy is good but always seeing him at #1 best guitarist of all time is just laughable. Jimmy Page is the most overrated guitarist of all time. - Metal_Treasure

Technically he is better than Jimmy Page. Cause playing progressive rock is harder than hard rock and blues rock. Even in some cases playing prog rock is harder than some metal genres. A lot of chords to play. - zxm

3 Better Lyrics.

Pink Floyd certainly have better lyrics than Led Zeppelin. - PokemonYesTeletubbiesNo

I do think Zeppelin had some great writing, but Roger Waters absolutely nailed it with the song writing to a such a degree that I don't think any band could top PF in this regard.


Led Zeppelin, never wrote any songs like Us and Them, Dogs, and Have a Cigar - RogerWatersfan1999

4 Floyd Were More Original and Diverse.

Goes without saying. Led Zeppelin massive plagiarism doesn't speak "original". Led Zeppelin level of originality is this: the best cover band of all time. - Metal_Treasure

Yes, they were an experimental band. it created genres like space rock at that time. - zxm

5 Half of PF'S Songs Aren't About Sex.

I love both bands with a passion. I think they're groundbreaking, beautiful and John Bonham is like my husband. But I feel like this argument is invalid. Just because a song is about sex doesn't make a song bad. But yes, there's one song about lust in PF's catalog, and that's, well, "Young Lust". - galaxyfox

I would agree with this point, even though I do love Led Zeppelin, and they're still one of my favorite bands. When I think of Pink Floyd in think of the very powerful music they made throughout they're career as a band. I don't really think of any love/sex songs. While a lot of led zeppelin's songs are about love/sex for sure. - RogerWatersfan1999

6 Better Live Shows.

Disagree. Promote hatred

7 Led Zeppelin's Music Isn't as Powerful

This is subjective. There are quite a lot of Zeppelin songs that I think are powerful in terms of sound and emotion (The Rain Song, Ten Years Gone, That's The Way, etc.). - Gg2000

8 Pink Floyd Were More Consistent with Their Album Releases.
9 When Roger or Syd Left Pink Floyd, They Kept Releasing. When Bonzo Died, Zeppelin Stopped.

This isn't necessarily bad. If Led Zeppelin kept going in the 80s, they would have had to make the transition into the MTV age; this would be a problem, especially considering that their image isn't very visual oriented. Also, considering the changing musical tastes of the time, they probably would have either been forced to freshen up their sound or otherwise be cast off as dinosaurs. Also, the chemistry between the band members wouldn't be the same; the members of Zeppelin knew each other very well both musically and personally. You can't just replace that bond. - Gg2000

Yes, but it wasn't the original reason why Jimmy disbanded the band. It was one of the reasons. Jimmy disbanded it because he was strongly addicted to drugs. He had lost a lot of his weight. He barely could play guitar. This was the main reason. So, He got an issue to break the band. However. Robert Plant wasn't interested in the band. He had lost his interest for writing songs with Led Zeppelin. So, out of all four members John Paul Jones was the only member who was actually good. Jimmy, John and Robert all had been troubling with their personal issues. So yes, in this case Pink Floyd wins. Cause when Roger departed, David held his role in the band. He even played bass guitar. - zxm

I don't know if this was one of the reasons but could be: Robert Plant lost much of his voice very early, in his early 30s, even before Bonzo death. - Metal_Treasure

By the way, Plant's 5 years old son had died. This may be one of the reasons why he didn't want to stick with Led Zeppelin. - zxm

10 Pink Floyd Had Better Sound Mixing

I think that most of Led Zeppelin's albums had great sound mixing (listen to the layered guitars on Ten Years Gone and Black Dog, or the wild panning effects on Whole Lotta Love, When the Levee Breaks, or What Is and What Should Never Be where the instruments are moving from side to side). There's a lot more detail to a Led Zeppelin mix than you'd think. - Gg2000

You forgot to add it. In my opinion, every prog rock has better sound mixing than most other rock genres. By sound mixing I meant music arrangements. Like all the unique, strange music playing in the back. - zxm

The Newcomers

? High Hopes is Better Than Stairway to Heaven
? Everyone in Pink Floyd Was a Good Vocalist.

Nick Mason only sang lead vocals on two unreleased tunes ("Scream Thy Last Scream" and "The Merry Xmas Song"). His voice actually sounded pretty good (very similar to Syd's voice), so I guess it does count. The only thing is that he otherwise never used his voice - maybe he never considered himself to be a proper singer? - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 Pink Floyd Popularized Prog Rock.

I wouldn't count it as a pro of their's. Cause Led Zeppelin also popularized hard rock. In this case they win. Cause they were more popular. - zxm

12 Led Zeppelin Didn't Make Time or Comfortably Numb.

I hope not. Otherwise, people would be pegging them as Floyd wannabes. - Gg2000

I prefer High Hopes than all of these songs. - zxm

No...they didn't. And for that we should all be thankful. - Britgirl

13 Zeppelin did not make Echoes
14 Dark Side of the Moon is Better Than Led Zeppelin IV
15 Pink Floyd's Music is More Emotional Than Zeppelin

Definitely the real No1 here.
in my opinion this reason includes the "David is better than Jimmy" reason since I think he was better cause he was more emotional.

16 Pink Floyd's Songs Make You Think About Life

Yes they do. - Userguy44

Since I was 15

Echoes...easily the deepest song ever written.

Time, The whole wall album... nothing else. - RogerWatersfan1999

17 Pink Floyd Has a Richer Sound
18 Richard Wright Was Better Keyboardist Than John Paul Jones

Both of them were underrated. But when it comes to keyboard, Richard Beats John. - zxm

Duh, richard is mainly keyboard player while john paul jones is mainly bass - Fenna

19 Zeppelin's music is not as powerful
20 Barrett, Waters, and Gilmour had/have better voices than Robert Plant.

Roger's voice is a little abrasive at times but nowhere near Plant's level. - Gg2000

It's true that Plant has a good sounding voice but he screams and it gets on my nerves after a while. Not with PF, they don't scream and even when Plant isn't screaming they still have better voices than he does.

21 Jimmy Page Was Obsessed with Drugs

Syd Barrett messed himself in drugs. All of the pink floyd members did drugs, but that didn't hamper their music ability that much. At least not like Jimmy Page. Jimmy Page kept on taking drugs, which made him even worse. - zxm

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Top Remixes

1. Floyd Were More Original and Diverse.
2. Better Lyrics.
3. Pink Floyd Had Better Sound Mixing
1. Floyd Were More Original and Diverse.
2. Half of PF'S Songs Aren't About Sex.
3. Pink Floyd Didn't Steal Music.
1. Pink Floyd Didn't Steal Music.
2. David Gilmour is a Better Guitarist Than Jimmy Page.
3. Better Lyrics.


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