Led Zeppelin III (studio album) by Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 169th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,722 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1970 (7th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (42nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (169th)

Led Zeppelin bestography

Led Zeppelin III is ranked 6th best out of 22 albums by Led Zeppelin on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Led Zeppelin is Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) which is ranked number 12 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 59,939.

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Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,722 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.8/100, a mean average of 83.1/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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From 07/16/2020 17:37
Led Zeppelin III continues a run of 6 outstanding albums, if you think it is any less than I or II, then you haven't listened to it enough. There's no filler on this album, every track delivers, although it is easy to dismiss side 2 at first, it grows in stature with repeated listening, (just like side 2 of Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love).
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From 07/07/2020 21:08
Immigrant Song and Since I've Been Loving You are two of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs but I also love the more folkish, acoustic songs on the album. There's a great variety.
I have realized that this might be the album that influenced my own guitar playing the most, especially on the acoustic.
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From 06/09/2020 10:15
The production on this thing is nuts. Which is saying something, since I and II were amazing sounding albums too. But damn I love this album. My third favourite Zeppelin album.
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From 03/26/2020 22:17
I bought this album the day it was released, and was disappointed. Many years later, I realized it was my favorite Led Zeppelin album. Some times, when you like an album right from the start, you end up getting tired of it, because the artist played it too safe. This album is very different from their first two great albums.
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From 02/15/2020 06:42
one of the worst led zeppelin albums but it still has some great moments. and some pretty bad moments as well
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From 01/07/2020 07:26
An underrated zep album. Aside from the two obvious classics, everything else is still zep in top form. The acoustic songs are still sophisticated and memorable and hit just as hard as the electric songs. I also feel that Plant gives his best vocal performances here. If it they swapped Hats off to Roy Harper with Hey Hey What Can I do it could have been the best zep album.
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From 08/10/2019 06:28
I like it alot! This is probably the most underated release by a major band at the peak of their career.
It's a rural departure for a blues band. Jimmy Page is and excellent acoustic guitar player and this long player showcases that. He is a bit of a sloppy electric guitar player, but a phenomenal acoustic player.
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From 06/18/2019 19:08
This album is a tale of 2 halves. The first half is very good, with Immigrant Song, Celebration Day, and Since I've Been Loving You being the standouts. The second half that is softer, I particularly do not care for it, and drags the album to "merely" good.
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From 05/24/2019 17:00
One of my favorite Zep albums, just behind IV! I feel like this album showcases Jimmy Page's guitar-work more than any other album of theirs, and it shows just why he's considered one of the greatest of his time.
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From 03/26/2019 13:42
I enjoy this album more than other Led Zeppelin output because of its variety although all tracks still fit together as a whole. Zep moved away from what audiences and critics expected they would deliver with their third release. I love Hard Rock, but never questioned or disliked III because the change in direction. Zep takes on a more acoustic based approach and pulls it off brilliantly. “Friends” is by far the best track on a great, consistent and surprising album but I also adore "That's the Way". While reading reviews, I always wonder why this Led Zeppelin III gem is rarely mentioned or appreciated. The atmosphere generated by that genuine sadness and fatalism is really overwhelming. The music may be light and the melody simple, but the lyrics are really touching. They are shrouded in a kind of dark and brooding nostalgia. Brilliant.
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