Written by The Style Council's lead singer Paul Weller, this track is about the basic human need for love, even in a place like a Nazi death camp. Weller was inspired by Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman, a book about experiences in concentration camps like Auschwitz and Dachau.
The singer told Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters): "In amongst all this f--king degradation and disgraceful human behavior there were still people having love affairs. There's a bit in the book where he describes a guy who's lost his trousers. He's walking around semi-naked because there was nothing else to put on, all those kind of images. Whether it sounds right to say but life carried on, in a strange way, in those camps. I thought it was unbelievable, whether it was a strength or a stupidity of human behavior: whichever way you look at it I thought it was fascinating."
"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.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.