5 of Robert Plant’s Best Led Zeppelin Moments

<p>All four <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/tag/led-zeppelin/”>Led Zeppelin</a> members were instrumental to the band’s success. A few <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/musicians-hated-led-zeppelin.html/”>musicians hated the band</a>, but fans embraced the songs that came from the chemistry between Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. The three full-time musicians had plenty of chances to shine, but Plant’s best Led Zeppelin moments show he was an equally bright star.</p>

<figure class=”wp-block-image size-custom-image-1200″><img decoding=”async” loading=”lazy” width=”1250″ height=”829″ src=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=1200″ alt=”Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant extends his right hand into the air as he sings during a 1972 concert in Japan.” class=”wp-image-3437650″ srcset=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg 1250w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=150&h=99 150w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=640&h=424 640w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=768&h=509 768w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=1024&h=679 1024w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=1200&h=796 1200w, https://www.cheatsheet.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Robert-Plant-best-Led-Zeppelin-moments.jpg?w=90&h=60 90w” sizes=”(max-width: 1250px) 100vw, 1250px”><figcaption class=”wp-element-caption”>Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant | Koh Hasebe/Shinko Music/Getty Images</figcaption></figure>

<h2 id=”h-1-plant-s-harmonica-solo-on-you-shook-me”>1. Plant’s harmonica solo on ‘You Shook Me’</h2>

<p><a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/jimmy-page-plan-led-zeppelin-i-succeeded.html/”>Page’s plan for <em>Led Zeppelin I</em></a> was to grab listeners’ attention right away. The opening song, “Good Times Bad Times,” set the tone, and the rest of the album followed. That included “You Shook Me.”</p>

<p>The cover of the Willie Dixon-penned Muddy Waters tune featured a <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/jimmy-page-guitar-you-shook-me-rare-led-zeppelin-song.html/”>unique Page guitar</a> setup. Still, all four band members grab the spotlight during individual solos (except for Bonham, who shares solo space alongside Page). Plant proved he was more than just a leather-lunged frontman with a harmonica solo that fits in perfectly with the late-1960s update of a gritty blues song from earlier in the decade. </p>

<h2 id=”h-2-rising-to-the-challenge-with-his-kashmir-lyrics”>2. Rising to the challenge with his ‘Kashmir’ lyrics</h2>

<p>Plant and Page both call “Kashmir” the <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/why-jimmy-page-and-robert-plant-pointed-to-kashmir-as-the-definitive-led-zeppelin-song.html/”>definitive Led Zeppelin song</a>. <em>Physical Graffiti</em> features some of the band’s best work, and “Kashmir” still stands out in the crowd.</p>

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<p>And <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/led-zeppelin-robert-plant-tears-kashmir-lyrics.html/”>Plant was virtually in tears</a> as he penned his lyrics. </p>

<p>The song’s epic sound demanded equally epic lyrics. The difficulty level rose several notches because Bonham played his drums in a different time signature from Page and Jones. Despite the challenges, Plant rose to the occasion and delivered some of his best Led Zeppelin lyrics — visual, timeless, and epic. They evoke an atmosphere that perfectly aligns with the music behind them. Would “Kashmir” be a classic without Plant’s lyrics? We don’t think so. That’s why it’s one of Plant’s best Led Zeppelin moments.</p>

<h2 id=”h-3-plant-s-singing-on-going-to-california”>3. Plant’s singing on ‘Going to California’ </h2>

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<p>Plant demonstrated that his vocals could match his bandmates’ intensity on their instruments. One of Plant’s Led Zeppelin highlights came when he didn’t have to.</p>

<p>“Going to California” features Page’s guitars, Jones’ mandolin, and Plant’s singing. The delicate tune from <em>Led Zeppelin IV</em> comes between the muscular “Four Sticks” and the epic closer “When the Levee Breaks,” but it’s more than a palate cleanser. </p>

<p>Plant once said he <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-led-zeppelin-album-where-robert-plant-said-he-finally-learned-how-to-sing.html/”>didn’t learn how to sing</a> until the making of <em>Led Zeppelin III</em>, and he put his skills on display on “Going to California.” His vocals rise yet remain delicate in several moments (“Took my chances on a big jet plane / Never let ‘em tell you they’re all the same”). A few lines later, he eloquently implements his more powerful vocal approach (“Throw me a line, if I reach it in time / I’ll meet you up there where the path runs straight and high”) without damaging the song’s fragility.</p>

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<p>“Going to California” is one of <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/best-acoustic-led-zeppelin-songs.html/”>Led Zeppelin’s best acoustic</a> songs and one of Plant’s finest moments on the microphone.</p>

<h2 id=”h-4-matching-page-s-guitar-riff-with-his-nobody-s-fault-but-mine-lyrics”>4. Matching Page’s guitar riff with his ‘Nobody’s Fault but Mine’ lyrics</h2>

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<p>Vocal chord issues are the last thing a singer needs. Plant had nodules growing on his, which required surgery to remove them (per <a href=”https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/1575671/robert-plant-health-led-zeppelin-vocal-nodules-symptoms-treatment” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Express</a>) and put Led Zeppelin’s future in danger. One listen to “Nobody’s Fault but Mine” proves that he could still shine on the microphone.</p>

<p>Plant syncs his vocals to Page’s echoey guitar riff throughout the song and holds some tough notes along the way (“The devil he told me to roll-oh-oh-oll / how to roll the log tonight”), but it all reaches a crescendo in the song’s waning moments. Plant matches his wordless vocals to Page’s guitar and then graces Led Zeppelin fans with one of his best moments — the “N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-nobody’s fault” that closes the song.</p>

<h2 id=”h-5-all-of-my-love”>5. ‘All of My Love’</h2>

<p>Plant and his family suffered a terrible tragedy when his son, Karac, died suddenly in 1977. Publicly dealing with the grief led to one of Plant’s best Led Zeppelin moments. </p>

<p>His lyrics poetically describe his love for his son, and his vocals take center stage in the emotional song from 1979’s <em>In Through the Out Door</em>. Led Zeppelin earned their reputation as a heavy band in their career, but “All of My Love” proved that the band excelled when they <a href=”https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/led-zeppelin-songs-prove-soft-side.html/”>displayed their softer side</a>.</p>

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<p>He shined brightly alongside his bandmates throughout their career, and Robert Plant’s best Led Zeppelin moments show he was just as capable of carrying the band.</p>

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