I think they're the two greatest bands in history, but only one can be the best.
In my opinion, the Beatles were better. They evolved so far in such a short amount of time, and so much of their music paved the way for bands that came years after them. Everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Foo Fighters has claimed they were an inspiration to them.
Besides, did Led Zeppelin ever do an album as perfect as The White Album, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band?
the best groups? must we forget, how fast must we forget! who was the highest paid rock entertainer in the sixties? his music career was very short! he's been dead for about 38 yrs now! his estate is still raking in multi-million dollars every year from record tv...etc sales! when the beatles were hot, they never got paid like this guy! the beatles loved this guy! i got my facts from many books, his friends and the public broadcasting station! i loved the beatles and i really loved led zepplin! but you forgot about JIMI HENDRIX!
I would really have to rack my brain if the question was who is the second best band of all time. Probably, in my mind, The Stones, but, no question the best has always been and always will be The Beatles.
The Beatles and Led Zeplin are great. My favorite song by the Beatles is "All Together Now." However, my favorite all time band is the Moody Blues because of love their lyrics, melodies, and long track record as gentlemen. The Moodies use to open for the Beatles in the early days and Mike Pinder introduced them to the Mellotron, which was used in Strawberry Fields Forever. The Moody Blues are one of the few bands who have been playing for over forty years and who have not been admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is very shameful because this band has contributed quite a bit to modern music.
The Beatles are the Best Band ever because of the the prolific songwriting they did at Rock-n-Roll's inception. They wrote most of the great songs before anyone else could so people just decided to rip them off.
Led Zeppelin is the greatest Rock band though. the Beatles were pop for most of their career. Rock-n-Roll is the primal urge of rebellion that you can feel down to your very soul. Something you HAVE TO DO because you are driven by forces you barely understand. They was Zeppelin.
Verdict: The Beatles were better but they didn't rock half as hard as Led Zeppelin.
Thats the problem, nobody heard the Beatles perform live because of the screaming. That said I will still choose the beatles because of their songwriting. Floyd and Zep are both amazing but the Beatles were a way of life that even changed the way people dressed.
no .. no, i can't allow you ... led zep and the beatles are the greatest .. if you prefer one of them you can't go insulting zeppeling like this you friggin retarded asshole .... i love the beatles but you left me no chance ... Fuck You And Your Beatles you fuckin sick kid .... nuff' said
to me the beatles rock and im a hip hop fan when i first got on to the beatles i was amazed at how modern the sound was they were a different kinda band alot of the other bands were influenced by them even rappers they were ahead of there time they did what most musicians dont do now a days be themselves,either the music or the paul is dead rumors gets alot of fans attention
I would put a lot of groups ahead of Led Zepplin. They had a lot of great tunes but they lacked harmony. A single singer gets old after a while. The Beatles were the breakthrough band; they have to be credited with changing rock and roll. For the reason I guess they should be number one, but my favorite was always The Who.
nice revived thread! they're both tops. I'm a huge fan of both bands and love how Robert Plant has continued to evolve and write some amazing music. it's hard to even pick my favorite albums, but the White album and Abbey Road, Rubber Soul are all amazing.
Led Zeppelin's first, second and third are my favorites. their first definitely changed music at that time. I still listen to their music often. LZ were not exclusively hard rock.
I never fully respected the Beatles by simply hearing them on the radio, and thinking the White Album was cool is high school. However, after taking a college level course on the Beatles, and giving their musical career a fair chronological assessment, there became no question that they are the greatest band ever.
They did it all, from romantic jingles, emotional ballads, harmonic vocals to fast paced rock thrillers with exemplifying instrumentals. Some of their instrumentals were up front, but there are still so many subtle gems within their songs. As many of their songs were serious, they also inserted a sense of sarcasm and playful goofiness in a handful of their songs that is still relevant with bands today, especially any band that fancies themselves a jam band, Phish included.
However, the most important aspect of the Beatles, is their correspondence with the American culture at the time of their rise. They came to America and won the hearts of the people, and grew with them, and lost their innocence with America as a whole. By the end of their career, if you listen the majority of lyrics on their final two albums, and have somewhat of an insight to their demise as a group and eventual breakup, it is clear that they were undoubtably a real life reflection of the literary theme "You can't go home again." As for America's it hit a point where it could "not go home again" with the Countercultural movement, Civil Rights, loss of trust in the Government from Vietnam, etc.
As for Led Zeppelin, they are good, but not the best. They were perfectionists, which will a professionals work respectable in any field. Most of their songs are enjoyable, and their instrumentals are nearly flawless. However, they were not doing anything that truly put them over the edge, in terms of greatness. In fact, if anything, I think that the biggest thing holding them back was the whininess in Robert Plants voice. The repetitiveness of his oohs and ahhs, and "baby baby baby baaaaaaaaby" serves nothing more than filling a gap with a false sense of emotion.
The Beatles were groundbreaking and influential in both their songs and recording techniques, and were innovative in personal style, such as the Srg. Pepper persona/outfits and the spontaneous Let it Be rooftop performance. While the Beatles are the best band ever, Led Zeppelin should not even be the other band in question.
I truly beg to differ. have you sat down and really listened to their music and lyrics? they were different from the Beatles in that they were not commercially made to start writing songs they didn't want to write.
as far as influence on the mass, the Beatles, yes. but I think many musicians would have a different opinion on who is best of the best.
no, you misinterpreted me, or I didn't make myself clear enough. sorry. I am a huge fan of the Beatles. what I mean is some of their music towards the end was more about recording and getting an album released, their hearts weren't in the group anymore. there was a lot of friction between producers, manager, band members themselves. finally, it was time to stop and move on. I once read a book about them where Lennon was speaking. I wish I could remember the name of it. It is amazing. Any Beatle fan would love it.
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