Whole Lotta Love

Greatly Appreciated

"Whole Lotta Love"  is a song by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin.  It is the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released in the United States, several countries in Europe, and Japan as a single; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom.  The US release became their first hit single, being certified Gold on 13 April 1970, having sold one million copies.  Parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon's "You Need Love", recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962; originally uncredited to Dixon, a lawsuit in 1985 was settled with a payment to Dixon and credit on subsequent releases.  In 2004, the song was ranked number 75 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; and in March 2005, Q magazine placed "Whole Lotta Love" at number three in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.  (More from Wikipedia)

The Jewish Business News post mentioned above also notes that Led Zeppelin's case regarding Spirit'claim that the opening chords for "Stairway to Heaven" were lifted from their 1968 instrumental song "Taurus", is harmed by past copyright troubles:  "[Led Zeppelin was] forced to emend credits for 'Whole Lotta Love' and 'Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You' as well as settling a suit over 'Dazed and Confused'."  Not only that, I have written in the past about "How Many More Times" on Led Zeppelinwhere the band had to show a writing credit for Howlin' Wolf, who had written "How Many More Years" previously. 


(November 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021