500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Led Zeppelin, 'Whole Lotta Love'
Writers: Willie Dixon, Led Zeppelin
Producer: Jimmy Page
Released: Oct. '69, Atlantic
15 weeks; No. 4
The members of Led Zeppelin first got their sound together by jamming on blues standards, stretching them out into psychedelic orgies. "Whole Lotta Love" was a tribute to Chicago blues songwriter Willie Dixon, based on his "You Need Love," a Muddy Waters single from 1962 (though Robert Plant also threw in quotes from songs Dixon wrote for Howlin' Wolf). The copyright issues weren't sorted out until 1985, when Dixon brought legal action and got his rightful share of the credit for "Whole Lotta Love." "Page's riff was Page's riff," Plant said. "I just thought, 'Well, what am I going to sing?' That was it, a nick. Now happily paid for." Said Page, "Usually my riffs are pretty damn original. What can I say?"
Appears on: Led Zeppelin II (Atlantic)