10 Rockbands That Were Accused Of Ripping Off Led Zeppelin

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One band’s impact is felt more than others in the always-changing rock and metal scene: Led Zeppelin. Their pounding riffs, bluesy wails, and epic songs shaped the very core of rock’n’roll, and their imprint on music history is undeniable. However, as they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and numerous bands have dared to tread the hallowed ground paved by the Rock Gods themselves.

Here are ten bands that pay homage to Led Zeppelin while carving out their own sonic identities:

1. Greta Van Fleet
Michigan native Greta Van Fleet has garnered praise and criticism for her unapologetic loyalty to Led Zeppelin. There is no denying the similarities, which include Robert Plant-like vocals, Jimmy Page-esque riffs, and vintage stage attire. They have been criticized for being “Led Zeppelin 1,” but as seen by 2021’s “The Battle At Garden’s Gate,” their music has evolved into something wholly original.

2. Earthless
While instrumental, Earthless channels Led Zeppelin’s spirit through their mesmerizing riffs and psychedelic explorations. Tracks like “Black Heaven” echo the Zeppelin vibe, albeit in a more experimental context.

3. Rival Sons
From drummer Mike Miley’s booming rhythms to lead singer Jay Buchanan’s husky howl, California’s Rival Sons unashamedly display their Zeppelin influence. Although their music has a touch of the past, it is distinctly their own, winning them even Jimmy Page’s endorsement.

4. Jack White
With his swaggering riffs and Plant-like vocals, Jack White’s love for Led Zeppelin is evident. White’s musical style is influenced by Zeppelin, whether he is performing alone or with The White Stripes. This solidifies White’s place as a deserving follower.

5. Dirty Honey
Dirty Honey, who has a fondness for ’70s revivalism, captures the energy of Led Zeppelin with her seductive voice and swaggering boldness. Their debut album and EP of the same name both embody the spirit of Zeppelin while adding a contemporary edge a la Guns N’ Roses.

6. The Vintage Caravan
The Icelandic band Vintage Caravan expertly blends classic rock with elements of stoner and desert rock. Their fast-paced, gruff riff-heavy music puts a fresh spin on a classic atmosphere, despite being Zeppelin-esque at times.

7. The Black Keys
Ohio duo The Black Keys strip Zeppelin’s classic sound back to basics, crafting radio-friendly blues rock with a raw edge. Tracks like “Little Black Submarines” draw comparisons to Zeppelin’s epic compositions, showcasing their knack for riff-driven anthems.

8. Royal Blood
Despite consisting of just bass and drums, Royal Blood conjures a sound that rivals Led Zeppelin’s grandeur. With beefy riffs and radio-friendly hooks, they offer a simplified yet potent homage to the Zeppelin stompers of yore.

9. Wolfmother
Australia’s Wolfmother channels Led Zeppelin’s ferocity with driving riffs and Plant-like vocals. Their endorsement by Zeppelin themselves speaks volumes, solidifying their place as modern torchbearers of the classic rock flame.

10. Black Label Society
Fronted by Zakk Wylde, Black Label Society blends Zeppelin-like riffs, thundering drumming, and Sabbath-style vocals. Songs like “Stillborn” and “Bored To Tears” honor Zeppelin’s history while establishing their own place in the rock canon.

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