POLL: Best Song on Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy

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The Rain Song, by an over the hills and far away distance.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Over The Hills And Far Away 13
The Rain Song 10
Dancing Days 9
The Song Remains The Same 7
No Quarter 5
The Ocean5
The Crunge 4
D'yer Mak'er 2


Joe, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:33 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dancing Days," probably my favourite Led Zeppelin song, period.

sw00ds, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:34 (fifteen years ago) link

"The Ocean"

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 14:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I am having a hard time deciding between "The Ocean" and "D'Yer Mak'er".

HI DERE, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 14:17 (fifteen years ago) link

"Over The Hills And Far Away"

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 14:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Radio could use a "D'Yer Mak'er" moratorium like they did with "Stairway to Heaven" years ago.

drench, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:10 (fifteen years ago) link

I am looking forward to seeing the performance of "The Crunge" in this poll.

Davey D, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:44 (fifteen years ago) link

D'yer Maker=best drums ever

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

"Rain Song"

t**t, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:51 (fifteen years ago) link

ha, Kenny G (WFMU's Kenny G) must be reading this thread.

Rock Hardy, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

No Quarter. I don't like the rest too much. In fact the only Zep I really like are III and Physical Graffiti.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 19:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, practically every song mentioned within the first couple of posts.

Joe, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 19:59 (fifteen years ago) link

no quarter is the answer. we need a poll for this?

bb, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:00 (fifteen years ago) link

The only song not singled out thus far is the title track, and that would be my #2 (after "Rain Song")

Joe, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:30 (fifteen years ago) link

There is no title track, at least for another two years at least.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 20:37 (fifteen years ago) link

And then it isn't exactly a title track either :)

t**t, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Oops, that's right ha ha :)

Joe, Thursday, 12 July 2007 00:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I voted for the Song Remains The Same. One of my favorite LZ songs on my least favorite LZ album.

nate woolls, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:10 (fifteen years ago) link

'dancing days'...with 'over the hills and far away' and 'the ocean' nipping at the heels.

the intro to 'the song remains the same' is breathtaking, but the song takes a minor nosedive once plant steps up to the mic

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:14 (fifteen years ago) link

least fave zep record?

i think it might be my fave. some days it's probably III though.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I loved it when I was 15, but that was 20 years ago. I got bored of it really quickly.

nate woolls, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:33 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dancing Days": Love the snaky, multiple guitars and that catlike lead riff- the come hither tempo - the way it all sounds so gloriously STONED. One of my favorite Zep tracks, definitely.

Capitaine Jay Vee, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:43 (fifteen years ago) link

'over the hills and faraway'. swings along very nicely and I like the acoustic beginning.

'song remains...' is also great. weirdly i always preferred this album to IV which I think is so overrated.

sam500, Thursday, 12 July 2007 08:45 (fifteen years ago) link

Where's that confounded bridge?!

Myonga Vön Bontee, Thursday, 12 July 2007 18:10 (fifteen years ago) link

This is TOUGH. Worst song would be easy peasy ("NQ").

da croupier, Thursday, 12 July 2007 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Very tough, but I'm going to have to go with "The Song Remains the Same," with "Rain Song" as a close second.

Alex in NYC, Thursday, 12 July 2007 18:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Friday, 20 July 2007 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

"Over the Hills" I think, but it's a tough one.

Rock Hardy, Saturday, 21 July 2007 00:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I've got an erratic tape player in my car. It plays most of this album fine, but right at the start of 'No Quarter' it slows down and plays at a wobbly half-speed. It's like the soundtrack to a nightmare.

Ismael Klata, Saturday, 21 July 2007 13:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Going with 'Dancing Days' because it's a great tune to listen to in the summer.

Lots of multi-tracked guitars on this record.

calstars, Saturday, 21 July 2007 14:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Saturday, 21 July 2007 23:01 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

Not sure I've ever listened deep or attentively enough into this album to notice the WONDERFULLY goofy synth on "The Crunge" - shit sounds like a Commander Keen background track! <3

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:02 (nine years ago) link

ten months pass...

I don't think there's any album I associate more with my adolescence than this. I have these very strong memories of listening to it on my walkman while on some road trip, rewinding rain song over and over again and pining for some girl from summer camp, and then at home as a newb guitarist trying to figure out how the hell Jimmy Page made the chords sound like that.

Something about the super-saturated sound is perfect for boiling-over hormones.

signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Sunday, 15 December 2013 03:13 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

This is one of their most elusive records for me - been giving it a few spins, trying to see if anything sinks more. Several songs are very distinct in my mind, but "The Rain Song" and "The Song Remains the Same" sort of disappear the moment I'm done listening to them. Maybe I'm a shallow listener who kinda needs a big obvious riff or chorus to make the song stick with me. They can go too far in the other direction; Dancing Days kinda wears me out in this sense. That's a lot of the record, but even on the songs I don't love, the playing is really good and it just sounds great coming out of the speaker. Would've voted "Over The Hills," but runners-up to "The Ocean" for best riff and "The Crunge" for most fun.

Despite many years of disliking "D'yer Mak'er," I gotta go "No Quarter" for worst - the riff is great, but it's so long and dreary and Plant's vocal combined with the watery warble effect they have on it means that whenever the arrangement opens up to give him a major line, he sounds ridiculous, spoiling the effect. "The dogs of doom" and "the winds of Thor" particularly - yikes!

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:06 (six years ago) link

Assuming I knew how to play an instrument, I'm certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that I could crank out a note-perfect rendition of 'The Song Remains the Same' and 'The Rain Song' from memory. They are perma-ensconced in my brain. I'd advise listening to the album maybe like a hundred more times if you're interested in becoming similarly familiar.

a very hansom, and smart boy (Old Lunch), Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:36 (six years ago) link

(I probably listen to the run from III through Physical Graffiti once every couple months on average.)

a very hansom, and smart boy (Old Lunch), Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:37 (six years ago) link

I learned the Rain Song (well the majority of it) recently and it is a p weird song. It's in C6 tuning for one thing.

Οὖτις, Sunday, 10 April 2016 15:47 (six years ago) link

I've actually been sort of working my way back in their career lately - big chunk of the record collection that I just haven't given too much time in ages. Burned out on IV circa senior year of high school, put that on today for the first time in at least a decade and it sure sounded good. Not sure I could quite give Houses a hundred more listens but no reason not to keep it in rotation for a while.

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 10 April 2016 16:31 (six years ago) link

The Ocean is my favorite off the record. Great riff, love the doo-wop outro.

The Song Remains The Same is a relatively unmemorable melody but the intro is so thrilling, amazing rising action--perfect album opener.

The stuff in between is pretty good too, even if I'm sick of D'Yer Mak'er

thom yorke state of mind (voodoo chili), Sunday, 10 April 2016 17:02 (six years ago) link

I agree with the top 2

lute bro (brimstead), Sunday, 10 April 2016 19:28 (six years ago) link

Me too. This is my second favourite Zep after Physical Graffiti.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Monday, 11 April 2016 10:58 (six years ago) link

I learned the Rain Song (well the majority of it) recently and it is a p weird song. It's in C6 tuning for one thing.

― Οὖτις, dimanche 10 avril 2016 17:47 (Yesterday)

yeah, me too a couple of years ago. it's so satisfying to play. almost a physical pleasure. clearly one of my favourite songs to play on a guitar (and so my favourite song of the album).
the only problem is it's a bit annoying to have to change the tuning of the guitar just for that one song !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 April 2016 12:26 (six years ago) link

The Song Remains the Same always sounds to me like Led Zeppelin's James Bond Theme. You got the big action part up front with Roger Moore on Jet Skis or horseback then the smoothe back end when you roll the credits and have women swim naked around Bond's gun awashed in psychedelic early 70s colors.

earlnash, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 01:25 (six years ago) link

I can totally hear it. Surprised there's not already a supercut of it.

pplains, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 01:45 (six years ago) link

Thanks, Google. Never mind, earl.

http://i.imgur.com/pcyp6mD.jpg

pplains, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 01:46 (six years ago) link

Ha! Forgot about that one. The Song Remains the Same would fit as a Bond title too.

earlnash, Tuesday, 12 April 2016 01:54 (six years ago) link

The Song Remains the Same always sounds to me like Led Zeppelin's James Bond Theme. You got the big action part up front with Roger Moore on Jet Skis or horseback then the smoothe back end when you roll the credits and have women swim naked around Bond's gun awashed in psychedelic early 70s colors.

― earlnash, Monday, April 11, 2016 8:25 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol, I never would have thought of this but it works

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 03:07 (six years ago) link

I don't think there's any album I associate more with my adolescence than this. I have these very strong memories of listening to it on my walkman while on some road trip, rewinding rain song over and over again and pining for some girl from summer camp, and then at home as a newb guitarist trying to figure out how the hell Jimmy Page made the chords sound like that.

Something about the super-saturated sound is perfect for boiling-over hormones.

― signed, J.P. Morgan CEO (Hurting 2), Saturday, December 14, 2013 10:13 PM (2 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Also now remembering that I spent a lot of time trying in vain to figure out Bonham drum parts (I was pretty bad at drums at the time) and in particular how to make the drums SOUND like that (having no idea that a lot of it was production).

human life won't become a cat (man alive), Tuesday, 12 April 2016 03:10 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gTkWU3Ywwo

calstars, Friday, 5 August 2022 05:10 (one week ago) link


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