What’s This Playlist All About? The White Stripe, Raconteur, Third Man, and all-around rock savior gives it up for one of his biggest influences with a top 10 list of his favorite Led Zeppelin songs. The mix comes on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the band’s second album, Led Zeppelin II, and White accompanies it with this direct disclaimer: “Led Zeppelin are an immovable force in music… I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like them.” Amen. (Note: You can also find similar lists by artists like Royal Blood and Maná.)
What You Get: A Jimmy Page–heavy beast of muddy, bluesy, blustery rock brilliance. White opens the mix with the swampy “The Rover,” featuring some of Jimmy Page’s greatest riffs. You can also hear the exact source of White’s shouty vocal inflections more than ever. Elsewhere, he includes the bluesy meanderings of “How Many More Times” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” some memorable BBC Session cuts, and the hot-blooded early instrumental “Moby Dick.”
Most Interesting Pick: Most of White’s picks are fairly deep cuts, including the rough mix of another heavy grooving instrumental, “St. Tristan’s Sword,” an outtake from the Led Zeppelin III sessions that offers more proof of Page’s fretwork wizardry.
What Other Playlist Would We Love to See Jack Make? Maybe one of his own music? Like, how does he rank The White Stripes over, say, The Dead Weather? Or maybe we should just have him crank out a mix of The Black Keys (ha).