Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin is one of the most influential and is widely regarded as the best rock band of all time. I proudly regard them as the best band of all time, and as the fore fathers to many new groups and musicians. Their fourth album titled simply Led Zeppelin IV included such influentially experimental songs such as Stairway to Heaven and Battle of Evermore while sticking to the tried and true Zeppy methods through Rock and Roll, Black Dog, and When the Levee Breaks. Some of my personal favorites include Four Sticks, Going to California, and Misty Mountain Hop.
With Jimmy page shredding on guitar, Robert Plant providing his now iconic screaming and at times lyrical vocals, John Bonham’s in your face drums, and John Paul Jones laying down some smooth bass Led Zeppelin was able to influence not only a generation, but also the world and those to come.
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Led Zeppelin IV was able to masterfully blend hard rock songs, mystical ballads, and bluesy rock to create an album unlike any other in existence. Even those who are not fans of Led Zeppelin or even rock and roll cannot help but sing along when they hear the lyrical vocals of Robert Plant as he lulls you into a new world during the eight minute run time of Stairway to Heaven. Unfortunately the band broke up after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, and the world is a far poorer place for having lost out on what could have been.