Music can be a great unifier – especially in a rideshare driver’s car. But which songs can get you the best tips? According to senior RSG contributor Jay Cradeur, that’s Led Zeppelin. Here, Jay shares the best songs to play by Led Zeppelin to get you maximum tips. Do you agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments!

    I am a Led Zeppelin fan.  In my life, I have had one true love, and that is Led Zeppelin.  I first heard the song Stairway to Heaven in high school and my life has never been the same.  I had a cadre of friends who were equally enamored with every song and album Led Zeppelin put out.  We were not just fans, but more like religious zealots.

    In 1977, I saw their concert at the Oakland Coliseum.  This was my view.  I sat on the grass with my high school buddies and watched in awe as the Mighty Zep brought thunder and violence to our land.

    It was an epic day in this young man’s life.  Tragically, Led Zeppelin’s reign was short due to the unexpected and premature death of drummer John Bonham. But you and I can extend their reach every day as we drive for Uber and Lyft.

    Using Led Zeppelin To Get Bigger Tips

    Led Zeppelin has become one of my secret weapons.  I have learned that most everyone knows of Led Zeppelin.  We have all been at a party, or a bar, or club when a Led Zeppelin song comes on.  Everyone smiles and feels the music.  It is contagious.

    Two years ago, I was in Kuala Lumpur watching the movie “Thor Ragnorok” and “Immigrant Song” came on during the battle scenes.  Led Zeppelin has served to infuse our lives with a beat and energy unique to this hard rockin loud blues band.

    When I am driving around with a passenger, simply mentioning Led Zeppelin and a particular song will stir up good feelings between me and my passenger.  Since I have strong positive feelings about Led Zeppelin, it is easy for me to be effusive about the music, and that positive energy transfers to my passenger.

    With more connection comes more tips.  This strategy can work with other musicians as well.  I once sang the Rolling Stones song Angie with my passenger named Angie and she gave me a nice tip after the ride.

    Let’s look at some ways to infuse Led Zeppelin into your day.  I took a song or two from each album, in order:

    Led Zeppelin 1

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    I used to work nights, but too many passengers were “dazed and confused” so I stopped.  Or when I am driving through the Tenderloin, “that guy looks dazed and confused.”  I will then follow up with “Are you familiar with that Led Zeppelin song?”

    Once the name Led Zeppelin is in the air, especially with male passengers, a nice camaraderie vibe is brought into the car.

    Led Zeppelin II

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    When a passenger comments on my nice car, reply:  “Yes, but it requires a “whole lotta love” to keep it running right.”  For many, Led Zeppelin II is one of the best albums of all time.  Songs like “Rock n Roll,” “Black Dog,” and “Thank You” are all classics.

    When picking someone up from the airport, I am going to “Bring It On Home” for you (play that song using Spotify!).

    Led Zeppelin III

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    As I mentioned, you can talk about Thor Ragnorok and bring up “Immigrant Song.”  Most passengers have heard that song before.  Or, with someone landing at the airport and driving home, today is a “Celebration Day”.

    Led Zeppelin IV

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    Ah, so you are from Chicago, what made you decide you were “Going To California?”  The most famous of Led Zeppelin’s songs, Stairway to Heaven, is easy to work into conversations.  I use it to describe the drive up to Twin Peaks Summit. “It is so beautiful up there, the drive up is like a Stairway to Heaven.”

    Houses Of The Holy

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    The most recognizable song from this album works easily into conversations.  That destination is “Over The Hills And Far Away” but I will get you there!  This is a great song to play in your car.  It is not too loud and rocking, at least not at the beginning.

    Physical Graffiti

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    This is considered by many to be Led Zeppelin at the height of their creativity.  The most famous song is Kashmir.  You may recall the opening lyric:

    “Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face

    With stars to fill my dream

    I am a traveler of both time and space to be where I have been

    To sit with elders of a gentle race this world has seldom seen

    Who talk of days for which they sit and wait

    When all will be revealed”

    Other songs you can reference from this album are “In the Light,”  “Ten Years Gone,” and “Down By The Seaside.”


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    This album has my favorite of all Led Zeppelin songs: “Achilles Last Stand.”  Lately, I have been sharing my experience learning that this song is about finding seclusion in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  I found this particularly exciting news as I visited those same mountains with my daughter Paulina just a couple of years ago.

    In Through The Out Door

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    This was the final recording by the complete and original Led Zeppelin.  The most popular song of the bunch is  “In The Evening.”  You can also reference “Fool In The Rain,” and “Hot Dog.”  In my opinion, this was Led Zeppelin’s least inspired album.  It is unfortunate that the band ended their reign so suddenly, but the magnitude of their musical contribution can not be denied.

    Key Takeaways

    I love Led Zeppelin.  I use every opportunity to talk about Led Zeppelin in my car.  When I speak about their music, I get happy and animated.  Most of my passengers are also Led Zeppelin fans so when we make that connection, it is a beautiful thing.

    Connection leads to tips.  Connection leads to happy passengers.  If Led Zeppelin isn’t your thing, try this with The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars or Madonna.  Music is the great unifier.  We all love it.  The great thing about these groups is most people are familiar with the music, which elicits fond memories.  I have been in cars with gangster rap playing loud on the back speakers and since I did not know the music, it felt like loud noise.  It is better to play music that is immediately recognizable, like the artists mentioned above.

    This article is an invitation for you to use this wonderful aspect of life to brighten your day and fill up your wallet.  With music in your car, you will be able to avoid a “Communication Breakdown” while you and your passenger “Ramble On!”  Be safe out there.

    Drivers, do you have a particular genre of music you play in your car? Any type of music you can’t stand?

    -Jay @ RSG

    Jay Cradeur

    Jay Cradeur

    Jay Cradeur, a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, is a full-time driver with over 26,000 rides. Jay has a driver-focused podcast: Rideshare Dojo with Jay Cradeur. When Jay isn’t writing articles or making videos, he is traveling the world. You can see what Jay is up to at