Top 10 Led Zeppelin Songs Not Constantly On The Radio

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Of Led Zeppelin's nine stellar (OK, Presence was just all right) studio albums, it's hard to pick the five best. There are no dogs in the bunch, and unlike the Duran Duran Top 5 we did last week, it's harder and more heart-wrenching to limit them to just five. We can chop up the Durannies like liver, when it comes to Page, Plant, JPJ, and Bonzo, it gets impossible.

Friday night at Jones Hall, Led Zeppelin's canon of hits gets the symphonic treatment as the Houston Symphony Orchestra takes on the band's best songs, with Zebra singer Randy Jackson filling in for Robert Plant. We can only imagine what hearing "Kashmir" will be like with a full orchestra. Our rock-nerd sense is tingling.

The same night, the Hard Rock Cafe a few blocks away is also offering a Zep-themed menu, with dishes named after Zep songs, like "The Lemon Song" which features grilled lemon-caper chicken. Spring for dessert with the "Stairway To Heaven," a "sinful" hot fudge sundae. Luckily, the chefs shied away from the "Sick Again" sandwich.

In lieu of picking the five best Zep albums for this blog, we instead picked the ten best Zep songs you will more than likely never hear on terrestrial radio, unless Rocks Off is the DJ, or you live in the listening area of a really bad-ass college radio station with an open-minded "Get The Led Out" programmer.

So this is basically a list of songs that aren't "Rock and Roll", "Black Dog," "Immigrant Song," "Dancing Days," "Communication Breakdown" or even "Fool In the Rain."

What? It's catchy.



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16 comments
Mookie von Zipper
Mookie von Zipper

might custard pie be on the hard rock menu?... hot dogs?...

how about "in the light", "down by the seaside" and "boogie with stu", all stellar tracks from "physical graffiti"... yeah, i know, that would take up 30% of your list otherwise... i do not envy the task you've undertaken... perhaps the utterly disposable dreck of journey or foreigner would be easier to manage...

Ssofer
Ssofer

How Many More Times should also be on the list

Edkingapollo
Edkingapollo

Hey I live in MD, and listen to 100.7 the bay. They play all those songs that you're saying they never play.

Jason McElweenie
Jason McElweenie

Ok, maybe you just need to put ever Zep song except Immigrant Song

Smedley
Smedley

What?! 'No Quarter' is perfect for overnight airplay.

Jeff
Jeff

"Song Remains the Same," "Night Flight," and "Bring It On Home" would have to go on my list along with pretty much everything else on Houses of the Holy (and the song "House of the Holy" for that matter) not named "Dy'er Mak'er."

simplyrick
simplyrick

Hard Rock is having a "lemon song" chicken?

Do you squeeze it till the juice runs down its leg?

Or maybe you should just choke your chicken with a red headed slut or two...

Gary_Gilmore
Gary_Gilmore

well played sir, I was hoping for 'Friends' or 'Candy Store Rock'

No B.S. Guitar
No B.S. Guitar

It's a tough call... there are sooo many kickass zeppelin songs that aren't on the radio that it's hard to even narrow it down to just 10. You just know not everyone is gonna be happy with a list like this. A few of those are definitely right tho.

D2
D2

you guys are high. where is "since i've been loving you," "when the levee breaks," "the ocean" "in the evening" (which was their marquee song after they stopped playing "whole lotta love"), or "friends"?????? Amateurs ;)

Marc Brubaker
Marc Brubaker

Out On The Tiles is my favorite song on III. Excellent choice.

Bob Obringer
Bob Obringer

D2, I guess you didn't get the point of this article, did you. The point was songs that DID NOT GET OVERPLAYED ON FM RADIO. You say "In The Evening" was their marquee song, which would make me think that by default, it CANNOT be on this list.

Also... "In The Evening" was their marquee song after they stopped playing Whole Lotta Love... and then go on to call the author an amateur? If you were not an amateur yourself, you would have known that they NEVER stopped playing Whole Lotta Love. In fact, that was the very last song they every played live on 7/7/80. Pretty sure "In The Evening" never got a live treatment until Knebworth in '79 and was certainly not a "marquee" part of their short 1980 tour in Europe.

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