Sunday, June 14, 2009

Led Zeppelin One of the Best of ALL Time... (According to the Numbers)

A friend of mine recently said "Led Zeppelin sucks" and is one of the most "overrated" bands of all time. I'm not sure what his definition of "sucks" and "overrated" is, but I would guess that most of the bands he listens to can only wish they were as successful as Led Zeppelin and can only wish someone knew enough about them to say they were overrated.... or rated at all for that matter. Here are just some of the statistics of a band some call "overrated".


Led Zeppelin has 5 Albums listed on the top albums sold of all time. Led Zeppelin leads the way with the most albums. Atlantic Records reports that Led Zeppelin has sold over 200 million records worldwide. Led Zeppelin's biggest selling album is "Led Zeppelin IV". The Recording Industry Association of America lists Led Zeppelin as the third best selling musical act/artist in history behind the Beatles and Elvis.


Millions Sold Title Artist's Name
28 Their Greatest Hits (vol. 1) The Eagles
27 Thriller Michael Jackson
23 The Wall Pink Floyd
22 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin
21 Back In Black AC/DC
21 Greatest Hits VOL I & II Billy Joel
20 Come On Over Shania Twain
19 The Beatles The Beatles
19 Rumours Fleetwood Mac
17 Boston Boston
17 The Bodyguard (soundtrack) Whitney Houston
16 The Beatles 1967 - 1970 The Beatles
16 Hotel California Eagles
16 Greatest Hits Elton John
16 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette
16 No Fences Garth Brooks
16 Cracked Rear View Hootie & The Blowfish
15 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin
15 The Beatles 1962 - 1966 The Beatles
15 Saturday Night Fever The Bee Gees
15 Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
15 Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd
15 Appetite For Destruction Guns 'n Roses
15 Double Live Garth Brooks
14 Supernatural Santana
14 Bat Out Of Hell Meat Loaf
14 Ropin' The Wind Garth Brooks
14 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys
14 Baby One More Time Britney Spears
13 Frampton Comes Alive Peter Frampton
13 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
13 Purple Rain (soundtrack) Prince & The Revolution
13 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston
13 Baby One More Time Britney Spears
13 Millennium Backstreet Boys
13 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live Bruce Springsteen
13 Metallica Metallica
13 Greatest Hits 1974 - 1978 Steve Miller Band
12 Abbey Road The Beatles
12 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin
12 Hot Rocks The Rolling Stones
12 Slippery When Wet Bon Jovi
12 II Boyz II Men
12 Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits Kenny Rogers
12 Breathless Kenny G
12 Hysteria Def Leppard
12 The Woman In Me Shania Twain
12 No Jacket Required Phil Collins
12 Yourself Or Someone Like You Matchbox Twenty
12 Forrest Gump Soundtrack Various Artists
12 Wide Open Spaces Dixie Chicks
11 Ten Pearl Jam
11 Dirty Dancing Soundtrack Various Artists
11 James Taylor's Greatest Hits James Taylor
11 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
11 Crazysexycool TLC
11 Pieces Of You Jewel
11 Houses Of The Holy Led Zeppelin
11 Titanic Soundtrack Various Artists
11 No Strings Attached 'N Sync
11 Falling Into You Celine Dion
11 Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II Eagles
11 Devil Without A Cause Kid Rock
11 Human Clay Creed
10 The Stranger Billy Joel
10 1984 Van Halen
10 Aerosmith's Greatest Hits Aerosmith
10 Best Of The Doobies The Doobie Brothers
10 Can't Slow Down Lionel Richie
10 Daydream Mariah Carey
10 Dookie Green Day
10 Eliminator ZZ Top
10 Faith George Michael
10 Fly Dixie Chicks
10 Greatest Hits Journey
10 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
10 Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers
10 Let's Talk About Love Celine Dion
10 Life After Death Notorious B.I.G.
10 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt
10 Like A Virgin Madonna
10 Music Box Mariah Carey
10 'N Sync 'N Sync
10 Nevermind Nirvana
10 Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'em HAMMER
10 Tapestry Carole King
10 The Hits Garth Brooks
10 The Immaculate Collection Madonna
10 The Joshua Tree U2
10 The Lion King Soundtrack Various Artists
10 Unplugged Eric Clapton
10 Van Halen Van Halen
10 Greatest Hits Tom Petty
9 Top Gun Soundtrack Various Artists
9 Footloose Soundtrack Various Artists
9 All Eyez On Me Tupac
9 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Smashing Pumkins
9 High Infidelity REO Speedwagon
9 Greatest Hits Patsy Cline
9 Mariah Carey Mariah Carey
9 Cooleyhighharmony Boyz II Men
9 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
9 Licenced To Ill Beastie Boys
9 The Sign Ace Of Base
9 Whitney Whitney Houston
9 Escape Journey
9 Best Of The Doors The Doors
9 Some Gave All Billy Ray Cyrus
9 Pyromania Def Leppard
9 Greatest Hits John Denver
9 Brothers In Arms Dire Straits
9 Great Band Era Various Artists
9 Big Willie Style Will Smith
9 Greatest Hits 2 Pac


Blogger Dave said...

Like I said over at Steve’s place, records sold does not necessarily equal good music. I see that Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys are on this list. I’m just sayin’… :-P

11:24 AM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

As I've said before, I'm no Led-head but comparing Led Zeppelin to Britney Spears.... lol. kids today crack me up... lol

2:18 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

I hope you know I'm just having fun with Otter on this... I know he put that up to draw me in. I made a small comment a while back to him about Zeppelin when he said he hated them in the comments section of another post... about 2 or 3 days later that "Overrated" post of his popped up.

I really couldn't care much less about Led Zeppelin. They are in my middle of the pack as far as personal favorites.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Otter said...

Aha! You're caught Red!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

Nobody likes a tattle-tale dave... you caught the tater.

But listen... I think your description of Led Zeppelin is still wrong as far as "overrated" I mean they seem to have more than lived up to people's expectations. You might even give them credit for over-achieving if you really think they have no talent.

It was fun debating music with ya though... kinda like debating good art vs bad art.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

right. pink floyd is good art. led zeppelin is bad art.


when i say the band is over-rated though, i am basically just saying that i (IMHO) do not think the band is as good as many other people say they are. i am just not impressed with them.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

Zep is actually one of those bands that if i am listening to the radio and they come on, i change the station.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

When my wife sees one of those videos of Zep from the 70's and Plant is dancing around in one of those midi-shirts tied in front and hip-hugger pants... she say's he looks sooooooo gay.

Not that there's anything wrong with that...

8:51 PM  
Blogger Otter said...

right. as long as he does not try to push his lifestyle on you of course. *wink*

4:58 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

As I have done in the past, I would respectfully decline... not that there is anything wrong with that.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous David Stock said...

Led Zeppelin is the best rock and roll band of all time.

4:16 AM  

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