The songs time shifting meter was written on purpose to make it a difficult song to cover. Jimmy Page has confirmed that in multiple interviews. Regardless of the songs intricate rhythms, many artists have attempted to cover the song. Some have done great versions while others have been quite comical. Here is a list of ten of our favorites. Let us know if we missed yours.
# 10 – Lou Gramm
Starting out our Top 10 Led Zeppelin “Black Dog,” cover versions list is Lou Gramm’s cool version of the Led Zeppelin classic. You simply just can’t sing Black Dog if you don’t have a great voice. There are not many who can come close to Robert Plant’s vocals chops, so covering “Black Dog,” is almost an exercise in futility if you don’t bring something creative to the mix. Lou Gramm who will always be in our book the one and only voice of Foreigner, stands as one of the great voices of classic rock. Lou Gramm’s version of “Black Dog,” was released on the 1997 import cd Stairway to Heaven which was a compilation CD that featured Zakk Wylde on guitar and many guest artists including Lita Ford, Tim Pierce, and Jeff Pilson.
# 9 – Dread Zeppelin
You either get this or you don’t. We love it!
# 8 – Masterplan
A great version of “Black Dog,” by the German Metal band Masterplan. This version was released on their debut album Masterplan which was issued in 2003. The band’s lead vocalist Jørn Lande does great justice to Robert Plant’s original vocal. Great stuff!
# 7 – Deborah Harry
# 6 – Keith Emerson
And now for something completely different at least until the vocal starts. We love Keith Emerson’s classical piano introduction which flirts with “Black Dog’s,” melody. This was released on Led Box: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute in February of 2008.
# 5 – Tony Levin
The great Tony Levin formerly of King Crimson plays the entire vocal on bass. Oh Yeah!
# 4 – Ito Kurdhi feat Marina Sidik
There is always room for a jazz version. This is simply chill and very original!
# 3 – Hampton String Quartet
If you really want to test the strength of a song’s composition, have a string quartet play all the parts. This one is wonderful.
# 2 – Gov’t Mule and Ann Wilson
Paying tribute to the live Led Zeppelin version with the instrumental introduction, Warren Haynes and his great band perform a flawless version of the Zep classic. At the helm is the lady who sings Robert Plant better than anyone else in rock and roll. It why she tied up the top 2 spot’s on our Top 10 Led Zeppelins’s “Black Dog,” Covers, songs list
# 1 – Heart
Ann Wilson has sung Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” on a consistent basis for her entire career. There are so many versions of Heart performing the song that it was tough to choose the best one. We listened to many of them and liked the version that was released on the Dreamboat Annie Live album the best. The band is smoking and Ann’s vocal is on fire. This one kills!