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Led Zeppelin IV turns 40

November 8, 2011

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Forty years ago today, Led Zeppelin released their legendary fourth album, featuring their classic track ‘Stairway To Heaven’.

No title was printed on the sleeve, so it became known as Led Zeppelin lV, following the naming standard used by the band’s first three studio albums. However, it is also often referred to as The Runes or Four Symbols because of the ancient runes and symbols depicted on the cover.

On its release, Led Zeppelin IV became an instant success. It entered the UK album chart at No. 1 and stayed on the chart for 62 weeks, becoming the greatest critical and commercial success of the band’s career.

The album is now recognised as one of the most successful albums of all time, having sold some 32 million copies worldwide. It has sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone, making it the third best-selling album ever in the US.

In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In 2010, the British postal service, Royal Mail, included Led Zeppelin IV in a new set of stamps featuring classic album covers from the last 40 years.

Guitarist Jimmy Page, who also helped to design the artwork for the album, says: “Forty years after the album came out, nobody knows the old man who featured on the cover, nor the artist who painted him. That sort of sums up what we wanted to achieve with the album cover, which has remained both anonymous and enigmatic at the same time.”

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Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’ beaten by Take That as most uplifting song

March 20, 2011

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Led Zeppelin’s 1971 classic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has been beaten by Take That’s feel-good song ‘Greatest Day’ as the best tune for giving listeners a morning boost, according to a new study of mood enhancers by US scientists.

Researchers monitored body and brain reactions to 30 different pieces of music and measured which ones made listeners most excited. The Top Five songs most likely to make us smile included ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA (No. 3), CeCe Peniston’s ‘Finally’ (No. 4) and Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ (No. 5).

Dr David Lewis Hodgson, of Mindlab International Laboratory which conducted the research, said: “Music affects people in different ways, and monitoring brain and body activity allowed us to determine the best song to give people the perfect start to the day.”

Scientists have also found that listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music a day can help the over-50s to keep their immune system in top shape – especially during the health-threatening winter months.

Studies have shown that mood-enhancing music increases the release of feel-good endorphins and antibodies which help to build up the immune system. At the same time, say scientists, uplifting music can lead to a fall in stress hormone levels which can weaken the immune system.


1. Greatest Day – Take That

2. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

3. Dancing Queen – ABBA

4. Finally – Ce Ce Peniston

5. Jump – Van Halen

6. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

7. How D’Ya Like Your Eggs – Dean Martin

8. Hey Ya – Outkast

9. Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin

10. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

SOURCE: Mindlab International Laboratory

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