MUSIC HISTORY CLASS – Whole Lotta Love

History Lesson

On this day in 1969, Hard Rock legends, Led Zeppelin, first performed their massive hit, “Whole Lotta Love.” The track comes off of Led Zeppelin’s massively successful sophomore album, Led Zeppelin II, which came out in October 1969. “Whole Lotta Love” hung around on the United States charts for fifteen straight weeks, peaking at number four. It would be Led Zeppelin’s only top-ten single. Led Zeppelin II, however, would go on to hit number one on the Billboard Top-200, becoming their first album to reach such heights.

Many consider “Whole Lotta Love” the greatest Hard Rock song of all time. VHI has the song as the third best Hard Rock song of all time, while Q Magazine has the track at the same spot in their chart of the Top Guitar Songs of All Time. Rolling Stone named “Whole Lotta Love” as the 75th best song of all time. “Way, way down inside, I’m gonna give you my love,” Robert Plant sings, “I’m gonna give you every inch of my love.” The hyper-sexualized lyrics coupled with the equally sexualized, Blues-inspired guitar work by the legendary Jimmy Page helped define the sound of Led Zeppelin. It was certainly a sound that was never heard of prior to 1969…and must have terrified the parents of children who rocked out to “Whole Lotta Love.”

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