Led Zeppelin III Songs Ranked

Led Zeppelin III is the third studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 5 October 1970. It was recorded in three locations. Much of the work was done at Headley Grange, a country house, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Additional sessions were held in more traditional recording studios, such as Island Studios and Olympic Studios in London. As with the prior album, the band eschewed the use of guest musicians, with all music performed by band members Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitars), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums). The range of instruments played by the band was greatly enhanced on this album, with Jones especially emerging as a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing a wide range of keyboard and stringed instruments, including various synthesizers, mandolin, and double bass, in addition to his usual bass guitar. As with prior albums, Page served as producer on the album, with mixing done by Andy Johns and Terry Manning. Here are all of Led Zeppelin III songs ranked.

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10. Hats Off to (Roy) Harper

“”Hats Off To (Roy) Harper” is by title a tribute to the eccentric English folksinger, although musically it’s a send-up of folk blues, with its acoustic guitar, slide part and garbled vocal. Brian Eno once said that the first time he heard a blues record it had seemed to be transmitted from another planet; that’s exactly what this track sounds like, as if we’re listening to a radio that’s not quite tuned correctly. It ends the album on a mystifying yet somehow apt note.”

9. That’s the Way

“That’s The Way”. This is the most stripped-down track on the album; it’s just Page on acoustic guitar and Plant on vocals, telling a tale of young love that could be taking place today, yesterday, a hundred years ago, a thousand.”

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8. Bron-Y-aur Stomp

“Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” is a square dance on the village green, with Bonham’s typically thumping bass drum providing the beat and Page flourishing on acoustic. Completely infectious.”

7. Out on the Tiles

“The side ends with the Bonham-fuelled “Out On The Tiles”. Great riff, and it’s fun to simply rock out after the draining seven minutes we’ve just spent. With one of the meanest guitar tones I have heard, this song is a vastly under-rated song from Zeppelin’s catalogue.”

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6. Gallows Pole

“Powerful folky rocker. It may not have electric guitars, but the acoustic guitars do more than their job here, and the singing is quite good in this song as well. The drumming is very solid, making its presence very noticable. Overal a pretty great song.”

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5. Friends

“The acoustic guitar of “Friends”, the song which really sets the tone for the record. At first it sounds like it’s going to be a friendly ballad, then John Paul Jones’ sinister string arrangement swoops in, circling the song like ravens around a castle (and with a strangely Middle Eastern tone”

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4. Celebration Day

“A synthesizer drone appears right at the end, overpowering the song, which then fades into the opening, frenzied guitar attack of “Celebration Day”. This is the song on the album most like the Zep of the first two albums, with its great riff, a brilliantly short Page solo and a more extended one on the outro.”

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3. Tangerine

“There are some nice melodic numbers counter opposing the rock, and the song ‘Tangerine’ floated in mysteriously from somewhere. Tangerine is absolutely beautiful troubadour country”

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2. Since I’ve Been Loving You

Since I’ve Been Loving You is also a ballad reminiscent of their earlier stuff, and is pretty much a masterpiece – probably their best work yet. Plant’s intimate vocals, Jones’ magnificent organ playing, Bonham’s typical god-like drumming and Page’s guitar all pay off in such an amazingly beautiful way!”

1. Immigrant Song

“Immigrant Song” is the heavy hammer from _Led Zeppelin III_. While the majority of _III_ features a blatant lean toward acoustical arrangements, the dynamic “Immigrant Song” rips, as the cut is built around a battering riff from guitarist Jimmy Page. Robert Plant wails throughout the hyper aggressive track, as he sings about Viking lust on the high seas. The inspiration for the lyrics for “Immigrant Song” came about during Led Zeppelin’s all-conquering trip to Iceland during June of 1970.”