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
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 cement the popularity of the group.
- Led Zeppelin (1969)
- Led Zeppelin II (1969)
- Led Zeppelin III (1970)
- their untitled fourth album (1971)
- Houses of the Holy (1973)
- Physical Graffiti (1975)
Page wrote most of the music early in Led Zeppelin's career, while Plant generally supplied the songs' lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's music, and their later albums featured greater experimentation. The latter half of the band's career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned them a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited in the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham's death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980.