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Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin IV
Album by Led Zeppelin

Released

November 8, 1971

Recorded

December 1970 to March 1971

Length

42: 25

Label

Atlantic

Producer

Jimmy Page

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"Black Dog," "Rock and Roll," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "Four Sticks"

The untitled fourth studio album by Led Zeppelin, commonly known as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 by Atlantic Records. Produced by guitarist Jimmy Page, it was recorded between November 1970 and January 1971 at several locations, most prominently the 18th-century house Headley Grange.

After the band's previous album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, they decided their fourth album would officially be untitled. This, along with the inner sleeve's design featuring four symbols that represented each band member, led to the album being referred to variously as LedZepSymbols thumb, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo (which was derived from Page's symbol). In addition to lacking an album title, the cover featured no band name, as the group wished to be anonymous and to avoid easy pigeonholing by the press.

Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success, featuring many of the band's best-known songs, including "Stairway to Heaven". The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time with more than 37 million copies sold. It is tied for third highest-certified album in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America at 23× Platinum. Writers and critics have regularly placed it on lists of the greatest albums of all time.

TRACK LISTEdit

  1. "Black Dog"
  2. "Rock and Roll"
  3. "The Battle of Evermore"
  4. "Stairway to Heaven"
  5. "Misty Mountain Hop"
  6. "Four Sticks"
  7. "Going to California"
  8. "When the Levee Breaks"

ReceptionEdit

Zeppelin fans around the globe claim that IV is the greatest album in the world, despite the many opinions and overratings that rock magazines give to albums by Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

British rock magazine Classic Rock has ranked Led Zeppelin IV as #1 on the Classic Rock Greatest Rock Albums Ever. Rolling Stone has ranked the album #66 in their 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time list.