One of the absolutely timeless Led Zeppelin classics; Rock ‘N’ Roll emerged on Headley Grange itself during a jam session the group did with Rolling Stones pianist Ian Stewart. The song has been covered by a lot of bands since its release. We look at the 10 Greatest Covers Of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll’:
# 10 – Sammy Hagar and Circle
This version of “Rock and Roll,” is most distinguished because its highlights ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony singing the vocals on the second verse of the song.
# 9 – Clarence Gatemouth Brown
A real old-school-style blues cover arranged by the famous Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown. Nearly all the cover versions of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll,” linger right to the original composition and characteristic of the song. This cover goes way back home.
# 8 – Jason Bonham, Motley Crew, and Skid Row
This one is just a simple pleasure performance. It’s the 1980s, and it seems and sounds exactly like the era of glam rock.
# 7 – Lita Ford
Lita is the definition of Lady Rock and Roll. The previous Runaways guitarist performs a real nice work holding it mild and true rock and roll.
# 6 – Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow has always remained the professional singer that she is. Her vocal on her cover was pitch-perfect and full of emotion.
# 5 – Stevie Nicks
A stunning cover by Stevie Nicks. Though, Stevie and her golden voice light the performance but the added sweet backup vocals by the backup singers made the cover more enjoyable.
# 4 – Foo Fighters
The Led Zeppelin tribute at The Kennedy Center Honors was one of the most delightful tribute concerts of all time. As Plant, Page, and Jones watch all the performing bands covering their songs including Foo Fighters.
# 3 – Susan Tedeschi and Double Trouble
Susan Tedeschi’s blues history is apparent in her raw, rocking, natural, powerful, and heavy version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” With SRV’s ex-bandmates Double Trouble onboard and an extensive solo and vocal by Susan making this cover is close to the top.
# 2 – Van Halen with Sammy Hagar
Incredible version of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” Eddie’s solo gives tribute to Jimmy Page’s original but of course, with added EVH trademark quality. Sammy Hagar hits the vocals as we expected.
#1 – Heart
It is clear that Ann Wilson of Heart is the only one that could equal Robert Plant’s legendary vocal performance on “Rock and Roll.” The band plays excellent, however, it’s all about Ann Wilson. It is one of her greatest vocal displays ever.