Led Zeppelin is one of the most commercially successful bands to come out of the 1960s. It has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, making it one of the best-selling bands of all time, topped only by The Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson. Every one of its original studio albums has reached the Top 10 on the Billboard album charts in the U.S., with six reaching the number one spot.
Led Zeppelin consisted of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham, although there were other members in the early days when the band made the transition from the Yardbirds to the New Yardbirds, to Led Zeppelin.
From the formation of the group until John Bonham’s death in 1980, the band would record eight albums and tour extensively. Led Zeppelin has received virtually every award in the music industry and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995—its first year of eligibility.
The band’s influence has been continuous for more than three decades, and has affected several genres of popular music. As Rolling Stone music critic Steven Pond noted in 1988: “Nearly a decade after the band’s demise, Led Zeppelin’s musical influence lives on and on. Yeah, it’s been a long time since Led Zeppelin rock & rolled, but when it comes to modern mainstream rock music, Zep still has the touch of the gods . . . just about every hard-rock and heavy-metal band that ever tromped onstage has borrowed something from its style and sound.”