Rock Chronology #128: Heartbreaker


“Heartbreaker”, Led Zeppelin, 1969.

After 30 songs into 1969, you might think I’m about to run out. Nope. I’m just starting on Led Zeppelin’s second album. And what kind of impact did Led Zeppelin II have? Legendary.

Led Zeppelin II spent 7 weeks at the top of the US album charts. In fact Abbey Road, the best selling of all The Beatles’ albums, was knocked off of the top of the charts by Led Zeppelin II, twice! After seven weeks at the top of the charts it was finally dethroned by Bridge Over Troubled Water which held the title of “Best Selling Album by Anyone” for over a decade. How could Led Zeppelin II fare so well against two of the best albums of all time? Because Led Zeppelin II itself is one of the best albums of all time.

Musically, this album set the trend for both Led Zeppelin and every Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band that would follow. In the year of Woodstock, Psychedelic Rock was transforming into Heavy Metal largely because of the music of Led Zeppelin (with an assist from Iron Butterfly).

This song, “Heartbreaker”, is my favorite from the album. I think most Zeppelin fans will agree that the guitar playing in it is just amazing. This song was never released as a single in the US or UK, because Led Zeppelin didn’t want to release singles. That’s how they rolled. Led Zeppelin II never had any singles released in the UK, though it did have one in the US.

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2 Responses to Rock Chronology #128: Heartbreaker

  1. 45spin says:

    This album and The Jeff Beck Group “Beck Ola” were the first two successful heavy metal English bands that caught my attention as a young lad in the US. I must have worn out the grooves of both of those albums listening to them. It wasn’t until years later that I discovered that Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck were both members of The Yardbirds. Nice post

  2. Thanks.

    I haven’t listened to “Beck Ola” yet. I’ll have to check it out.

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