Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group's popularity.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father's place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group's record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the US. Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot. They achieved eight consecutive UK number-one albums. Rolling Stone magazine described them as "the heaviest band of all time", "the biggest band of the Seventies", and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum's biography of the band states that they were "as influential" during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Led Zeppelin 4.85 36
1969 Led Zeppelin II 4.7 39
1970 Led Zeppelin III 4.65 33
1971 [Led Zeppelin IV] 4.95 41
1973 Houses of the Holy 4.9 28
1975 Physical Graffiti 4.2 24
1976 Presence 3.5 21
1979 In Through the Out Door 4 22
1982 Coda 3 23

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Boxed Set 3.7 3
1992 Whole Lotta Rock! 1
1993 Boxed Set 2 4.5 2
1993 The Complete Studio Recordings 5 1
1997 BBC Sessions 4.2 9
1999 Early Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volume One 4 7
2000 Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volume Two 3.5 4
2002 Early Days & Latter Days: The Best of Led Zeppelin, Volumes One and Two 5
2003 DVD The Music 1
2007 Mothership 4 9
2008 Definitive Collection 5 3

Album + Compilation + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 Remasters 3 10

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Led Zeppelin 2
2003 How the West Was Won 3.7 4
2012 Celebration Day 5 18

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1976 The Song Remains the Same 4.2 13

Album + Spokenword

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Maximum Led Zeppelin 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Good Times Bad Times / Communication Breakdown 3
1969 Whole Lotta Love / Living Loving Maid 2
1970 Heartbreaker / Bring It On Home 1
1970 Immigrant Song / Hey, Hey, What Can I Do 6
1972 Rock and Roll / Four Sticks 1
1979 Fool in the Rain / Hot Dog 1
1997 Whole Lotta Love 1
Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop 1
Candy Store Rock / Royal Orleans 1
D'yer Mak'er / The Crunge 1
Over the Hills and Far Away / Dancing Days 1
Trampled Under Foot / Black Country Woman 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1971 This Is Led Zeppelin 1
Acoustically 1
Whole Lotta Love 1

Other + Compilation + Live + DJ-mix

Year Title RatingReleases
Together Again 2 1

Other + Interview

Year Title RatingReleases
Conversation Disc Series 1

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