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Poll: Better Band: Led Zeppelin or The Who? (18 member(s) have cast votes)

Better Band: Led Zeppelin or The Who?

  1. Led Zeppelin (12 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. The Who (6 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

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#1 Pedro Cerrano

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:43 PM

For whatever reason, music fans love to debate the merits of two late-60s, early 70s British rock bands: Led Zeppelin and The Who. Both have made amazing albums (Led Zeppelin II and IV; Quadrophenia and Who's Next) and both have had a dud or two (Coda vs. most post-Moon stuff by The Who).

Still it's hard to debate the greatness of both bands -- but which is better? As recently as 5 years ago I'd have said Zeppelin not close. But, the more I listen to the Who the closer the bands are. I'll still take Zeppelin because I think their upper echelon stuff is better than The Who's, but I'm fairly certain that I think the Who is more consistently good top to bottom in the two band's respective entire catalogues.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

It's close, but it's Zeppelin for me too. I look at it like this... I'm on a deserted island and can only bring one band with me, which would be my only form of entertainment... It'd be Zeppelin in a battle between these two options.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:57 PM

Zeppelin in a landslide for me.

In other news, Robert Plant and his son took a brewery tour at Dogfish a few days ago. I wish I had happened to be there too.

Zeppelin is on Letterman tonight for anyone who cares.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:04 PM

Took a HS trip to NY, and saw Tommy on Broadway. That was pretty cool, but I'd go with LZ.

Won't claim to be able to speak with much detail on either band.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:48 PM

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:44 AM

The Who but I haven't dove deep in either catalog.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:43 PM

Huge fan of both.

Would probably say that Led Zeppelin is the better band, but I personally slightly prefer The Who.

Probably the two best drummers of the era. Tough to choose between Bonham or Moon. Page over Townsend, but Daltrey over Plant, IMO. I feel like The Who took more advantage of Entwistle than Zeppelin did of Jones, both are great, though.

I've listened to more of The Who's full albums. With Zeppelin, I've done more singles than listening through their entire albums. Maybe that would change my opinion a bit if my experience with each were reversed. I've also gotten to see The Who (well, Daltrey & Townsend) live, which was awesome.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:51 PM

Over the last several years my appreciation for The Who has gone up while my appreciation for Zeppelin has gone down.

Zeppelin doesn't have a killer live album like Live at Leeds, but I think I still take Zeppelins overall catalog.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

Over the last several years my appreciation for The Who has gone up while my appreciation for Zeppelin has gone down.

Zeppelin doesn't have a killer live album like Live at Leeds, but I think I still take Zeppelins overall catalog.


How the West was Won is very good imo. Maybe not killer, though.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

Over the last several years my appreciation for The Who has gone up while my appreciation for Zeppelin has gone down.
Zeppelin doesn't have a killer live album like Live at Leeds, but I think I still take Zeppelins overall catalog.



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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:00 PM

Zeppelin has fallen from my favorite band to my 2nd favorite. So clearly I have lost appreciation for them too. :lol:

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

Zeppelin has fallen from my favorite band to my 2nd favorite. So clearly I have lost appreciation for them too. :lol:



All this being said, I still think "The Rain Song" is probably the greatest song ever recorded by humans.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

All this being said, I still think "The Rain Song" is probably the greatest song ever recorded by humans.


Not even in my top 10 Zep songs, but it's great.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:05 PM

Not even in my top 10 Zep songs, but it's great.


Not that you asked, but here's my top 5.

1-Rain Song
2-Ten Years Gone
3-Going to California
4-Tangerine
5-in The Light
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Not that you asked, but here's my top 5.

1-Rain Song
2-Ten Years Gone
3-Going to California
4-Tangerine
5-in The Light


All very good songs.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:32 PM

Not that you asked, but here's my top 5.

1-Rain Song
2-Ten Years Gone
3-Going to California
4-Tangerine
5-in The Light


1-Dazed and Confused
2-No Quarter
3-When the Levee Breaks
4-Ten Years Gone
5-Kashmir

It's still Zeppelin for me, though I too have gained a greater appreciation for The Who over the years.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

1-Dazed and Confused
2-No Quarter
3-When the Levee Breaks
4-Ten Years Gone
5-Kashmir

It's still Zeppelin for me, though I too have gained a greater appreciation for The Who over the years.


Nice to see "Ten Years Gone" getting love on both of our lists. Not one of the songs you ever hear about. Cheers.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

Nice to see "Ten Years Gone" getting love on both of our lists. Not one of the songs you ever hear about. Cheers.



Good to see In the Light on your list too. That one would probably fall somewhere in my #6-10. Another underrated one. Physical Graffiti is definitely on my deserted island list.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

Rough list:

When The Levee Breaks
Since I've Been Loving You
Stairway to Heaven
How Many More Times
Thank You
Tangerine
Hey Hey What Can I Do
Ten Years Gone
Over the Hills and Far Away
Bring it on Home




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