Dancing Days

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"Dancing Days"
Over the Hills and Far Away45.jpg
Netherlands single picture sleeve
Single by Led Zeppelin
from the album Houses of the Holy
A-side"Over the Hills and Far Away"
Released24 May 1973 (1973-05-24) (US)
StudioStargroves, East Woodhay, England
GenreHard rock[1]
Producer(s)Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin singles chronology
"Rock and Roll"
"Dancing Days"
"D'yer Mak'er"
Audio sample

"Dancing Days" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It appears on their 1973 album, Houses of the Holy, and was released as a single in the US. It was recorded at Stargroves, England in 1972. It was inspired by an Indian tune that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant heard while traveling in Bombay. This was the first track from the album to be offered for radio play by Atlantic Records. It was premiered on 24 March 1973 on the BBC Radio One Rosko lunch time show.[2]

Live performances[edit]

As with the single's A-side, "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.[citation needed]

The earliest live documented reference is in Seattle on 19 June 1972 where the song was performed twice: once during the main set and again as an encore;[2] 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.[2] A full electric version was played as an encore on 13 July 1973 at Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan as featured on the "Monsters of Rock" bootleg.


In a contemporary review for Houses of the Holy, Gordon Fletcher of Rolling Stone gave "Dancing Days" a negative review, calling the track nothing but a piece of "filler".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

Stone Temple Pilots[edit]

"Dancing Days"
Song by Stone Temple Pilots
from the album Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Released14 March 1995 (1995-03-14)

The song was recorded by American alternative rock/grunge band Stone Temple Pilots for Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin. The album, which includes 12 renditions of Led Zeppelin songs by various artists, was released on 14 March 1995. It was not released as a single but reached number 63 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, as well as number three on the Album Rock Tracks chart and number 11 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also reached number 46 on the Canadian Singles Chart.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 46
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[5] 63
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 3
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[7] 11


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Houses of the Holy – Album Review". AllMusic. Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Dave Lewis (1994), The Complete Guide to the Music of Led Zeppelin, Omnibus Press, ISBN 0-7119-3528-9.
  3. ^ Fletcher, Gordon (7 June 1973). "Houses of the Holy". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Top Singles: Issue 9253". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Stone Temple Pilots Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2021.

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