Even with the constant haze around the band that casts doubt on authorship in some of their songs, Led Zeppelin remains a name that commands respect when pronounced and enthusiasm in remembering their best moments. Today we are going to dive into the group’s discography to select 10 Lesser-Known Led Zeppelin Songs That Hardcore Fans Know.
Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You (1969)
Anne Bredon’s folk song of the late 1950s was later treated by Joan Baez in what has become the base version for later versions. Like the one, Jimmy Page worked on when he was still a session musician. Then with Robert Plant and the fully formed band became this rock demolition ball almost twice as long. One that you can’t resist listening from start to finish over and over again.
Thank You (1969)
A melodious and perfectly handled piece that is one of their most delicious compositions. From John Paul Jones’ Hammond organ to Page’s acoustic guitar, to the delicacy of Plant’s vocals, everything is in perfect harmony to shine at its full intensity.
Out on the Tiles (1970)
Although several of their most obvious singles may be a good proof of this, this is one of the greatest pieces of evidence of how the energy of the band had to be playing right in front of you. It is one of those songs that comb your back as soon as it sounds.
Going to California (1971)
Led Zeppelin insisted so much during their early stages on acoustic touches, when not doing ballads, is one of the things that many of their detractors used to dismiss as “pretentious”. But ‘Going to California’ is sublime precisely from the simplicity and exquisite pop that makes even some of those who detest pretentiousness the most not cross the group off.
In the Light (1975)
To put one of the cathedral songs, this is one of the most celebrated and vindicable. Even with the initial criticism that branded it as tedious and somewhat unsuccessful, its ambition has allowed it to survive and now the group’s erratic magnificence makes it one of their most fascinating monuments.
Fool in the Rain (1979)
Not many then recognized it, but even they could not resist the charm of ‘Fool in the Rain’ themselves.
I’m Gonna Crawl (1979)
A relaxed blues typical of 1979 Led Zeppelin, with many miles to go and a lot of evolution in sound. It maintains the claw and energy of practically its first days as a band, but with an aged and exquisite aroma provided by the clubs and the wear and tear of the years.
The Song Remains the Same (1973)
Originally intended as an instrumental introduction to ‘The Rain Song’, Robert Plant could not resist and rushed to introduce lyrics to finish giving him the song entity he deserved. Clearly, he had a good eye this time, because the end result is excellent.
Over the Hills And Far Away (1973)
A masterful example of how to play acoustic/electric dynamics in the same song.
Trampled Under Foot (1975)
And speaking of lavish and salty songs, here we see Led Zeppelin printing some funk rhythm to the extensive (very extensive) Physical Graffiti. It is not difficult to see John Paul Jones putting Dave Grohl and Josh Homme as a road map for what would later be Them Crooked Vultures.