When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll excess, nobody did it bigger and better than Led Zeppelin. During the dozen years that they were around, they managed to make new rules and break most of the old ones. They wrote the rulebook on touring etiquette, sold more records than almost anyone else and took the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to superhuman new levels. But none of this would matter if the music didn’t live up to the legend. It does. From the blustery blues-rock of their self-titled 1969 debut to the flawless dynamism of their 1971 masterpiece ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ to the gargantuan stomp of their double-album epic ‘Physical Graffiti,’ Led Zeppelin crafted records designed to withstand decades of come-and-go trends. The death of drummer John Bonham in 1980 put an end to the band, but their music lives on.
Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' at 45: A Track-by-Track Guide
Here are the stories behind every song on the band's freewheeling 1975 double LP.
See Queen + Adam Lambert Cover Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'
Band played 1969 track during concert in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen Covered During Super Bowl Show
Snippets of rock classics heard during set by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
Jimmy Page Just Heard About Led Zeppelin’s Ban From Boston
Guitarist discovered mayor’s 1975 ruling when he was researching blog post.
Why Robert Plant ‘Can’t Relate’ to ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Anymore
Led Zeppelin singer still admires classic song’s construction, but isn’t sure of his own contribution.
What Does Robert Plant Call Led Zeppelin’s Fourth Album?
Singer describes titling of 1971 LP as a “kind of Spinal Tap thing.”
'Led Zeppelin II' Turns 50: The Story Behind Every Song
From "Whole Lotta Love" to "Bring It On Home," a track-by-track look at band's classic second LP.
Watch Miley Cyrus Cover Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd
Pop star delivers “Black Dog” and “Comfortably Numb” at radio festival.
Eddie Money Saw Led Zeppelin’s First and Last U.S. Shows
Late singer recalled 1969 performance to 400 people, and 1978 event to 30,000 in previously unpublished interview.