Bass player Matt Daly explained the background of this song to Christianity Today magazine: "I lost my grandfather about a year ago, and even when he was on his deathbed, there were so many things I didn't get to say. Looking back, I think to myself, 'Why didn't I ask him to tell me more stories about his childhood? Why didn't I spend more time with him?' For me, the song reminds us that for as long as we have breath in our lungs-no matter what the outcome or prognosis-we have to cherish each and every moment together."
"Whole Lotta Love" was Led Zeppelin's only US Top 10 hit, charting at #4. Many of their songs, including "Stairway To Heaven," were not released as singles, as it was considered bad form in England to make people pay for singles that were on albums.