Led Zeppelin has been called the grandfathers of the “Heavy Metal” genre. At their height in the early to mid 1970s, they frequently outsold the Rolling Stones in concert tickets. And by 1973, they had sold more albums than any other band worldwide. Their anthemic song, “Stairway to Heaven,” is the most-played song in the history of radio.
#1. Origin of the name
Before what would become Led Zeppelin was even a thought in anybody’s mind, guitarist Jimmy Page birthed the group known as the New Yardbirds. That name stemmed from Page’s previous band. Legal issues prevented the group from using that name on a long-term basis, and so the New Yardbirds needed something different. Legend has it that Keith Moon was responsible for coming up with Led Zeppelin, as explained in an Ultimate-Guitar post, because he thought the band would go down similar to a “lead zeppelin.” Lead was ultimately changed to Led so fans would not be confused about the pronunciation. “Leed Zeppelin” admittedly does not sound as good.