Led Zeppelin is a name almost synonymous with classic rock. The band’s 1969 self-titled debut changed the sound of rock music in a way similar to classics like Are You Experienced or Sgt. Pepper. Hard rock had existed for some time prior to Led Zeppelin, however Led Zeppelin is the album that transformed the sub-genre into what it is today This is the first modern hard rock album.
While Zeppelin would go on to increase their musical complexity and up their production standards, the raw hard rock sound of the first album still sounds refreshing today. The album opens with confidence with the loud blasting intro of “Good Times Bad Times” and it closes with an epic blues rock jam in “How Many More Times.” In between is a mix of sounds from the deep psychedelic “Dazed and Confused” or the folk rock “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You.” Every member of the band makes their name known on their album with great bass-lines, outstanding drum tracks, amazing guitar playing, and the debut of Robert Plant, one of rock’s greatest vocalists. If any album is as great in execution as it is in inception, it’s Led Zeppelin.