Led Zeppelin acknowledged that their career had a few bumps along the road despite being hailed as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Led Zeppelin might easily received an award for excellence in songwriting if they wrote songs. Since Led Zeppelin’s music was produced during the classic rock album era, there weren’t many filler songs. For many, their albums were complete works of art rather than simply a collection of songs. However, not everyone – and even the band members – could concur that they had honed the artistry of every song by Zep. We’ll get into the songs that the band detested the most below.
“All My Love” – In Through The Out Door (1979)
Zep composed numerous ballads throughout the course of their career, but none were as overtly emotional as “All My Love.” This song was composed in honor of Plant’s son Karac after his sudden death in 1977. Although the main vocalist is having a breakthrough moment, Page didn’t enjoy the song since he believed it was overly romantic.
“D’yer Mak’er” – Houses Of The Holy (1973)
The Houses of the Holy reggae attempt by Led Zeppelin did not sit well with John Bonham and John Paul Jones. Although John Bonham was a skilled drummer with a wealth of expertise, he lacked the will to learn the subtleties of a reggae rhythm. The bassist of the band, John Paul Jones, is not a fan of Bonham because of his underwhelming performance.
“Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin II’s “Whole Lotta Love” remains a fan favorite. But Page hated the condensed single version, and with good reason. The record company removed the song’s authentically trippy portion. However, we can’t claim that we hold him responsible.
“Royal Orleans” – Presence (1976)
In “Royal Orleans,” Robert Plant’s lyrics were a touch too frivolous, which annoyed Jones. Jones found the scenario of a guy mistakenly going home with a cross-dresser as Plant sings “Whiskers!” and advises that she’d best not talk like Barry White particularly insulting since he believed Plant had made fun of him for having a similar experience during one tour stop.
“Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Even though “Stairway to Heaven” is largely regarded as the band’s defining song, Plant personally disliked it. Plant has consistently been open about having conflicting emotions for “Stairway to Heaven,” admitting that he initially viewed the song’s lyrics as a symbol of optimism but now finds them to be “naive.” Fun fact: Plant even donated a sizeable sum to a listener-supported radio station that dared to refuse to play the Led Zep song if they had the money to do so.