Dancing Days (3:41)

Cover of Houses of the Holy

From Houses of the Holy and 41 other releases

“Dancing Days” is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It appears on their 1973 album, Houses of the Holy, having been recorded at Stargroves in 1972.

Recording engineer Eddie Kramer reportedly said that the band members danced in joy on the lawn at Stargroves during playback of this track, such was their satisfaction with the song.

This was the first track from the album to be offered for radio play by Atlantic Records. It was premiered on March 24, 1973 on the BBC Radio One Rosko lunch time show.

Like another track on the album, “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Dancing Days” was introduced by the band in concert well ahead of its commercial release. Although a bootleg tape purports to prove it was first played at the Wembley Empire Pool in November 1971, evidence suggests its inclusion on this tape was a hoax. The earliest live documented reference is in Seattle on June 19, 1972 where the song was performed twice: once during the main set and again as an encore; it was then performed frequently during the rest of this tour, with a version appearing on the live album, How the West Was Won. With the release of Houses of the Holy, however, “Dancing Days” was largely dropped from concerts, although an abridged, acoustic version was occasionally performed during the 1977 U.S. tour.

Stone Temple Pilots recorded a cover version for the 1995 Led Zeppelin tribute album, Encomium. Their recording peaked at #3 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1995.

Jam band Gov’t Mule’s 2008 album, The Haunted Holy House, included a live cover of this song, as well as covers of all other songs from Houses of the Holy.


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  • robveiga

    All I hear from them is good, has good taste

    24 May 4:54pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    Perfect track <3

    20 Feb 5:59am Reply
  • IntoTheOrchard

    Crazy ways are evident, in the way that you're wearing your clothes/Smokin' grass is precedent, as the evening starts to glow

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the 5th album "Houses Of The Holy" released on March 28, 1973. Was to be released in early January but controversy over the album cover delayed release. Gavin Edwards of Rolling Stone Magazine said at the time: "The epic scale suited Zeppelin: They had the largest crowds, the loudest rock songs, the most groupies, the fullest manes of hair. Eventually excess would turn into bombast, but on Houses, it still provided inspiration." Song written by Page, Plant.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Cure1980

    Take a Hoffmann or 2 and listen to this Acid Cracks.,.,

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Assedor

    His work is influenced by his musical experience, albums filled with vivid performance and memorable vocal.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dinamoavocado

    stp version is better

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Amazing riff.

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • gonzeaux

    There it is, that opening riff always gets me. I love the repetition too, it'd be trance-inducing if it was any longer.

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • selene_101

    Zep!!! :-)

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • t69gto

    Awesome tune! Zep Rocks!

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • gokunirvana

    I love this one. One of the most original riffs ever.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • hollyheer

    Exactally :-)

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MikesDmusic

    Zep - Stones and Beatles - thats the Trinity.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tom_Pullings

    Ah yeah. Love it live!

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • loudyloudy

    oh MY!!!

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Led Zep

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • charlieandval

    Be my only my one and only. LOVE IT

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • tallpaul1

    I'm dancing!

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ericshep

    I got a women who knows!

    12 Apr 2012 Reply
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