Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released on 28 March 1973 by Atlantic Records.

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Houses of the Holy
Cover by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released28 March 1973 (1973-03-28)
RecordedDecember 1971 – August 1972[1]
Studio
GenreHard rock
Length40:57
LabelAtlantic
ProducerJimmy Page
Led Zeppelin chronology
Led Zeppelin IV
(1971)
Houses of the Holy
(1973)
Physical Graffiti
(1975)
Singles from Houses of the Holy
  1. "Over the Hills and Far Away" / "Dancing Days"
    Released: 24 May 1973[2]
  2. "D'yer Mak'er" / "The Crunge"
    Released: 17 September 1973[3]
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The album benefited from two band members installing studios at home, which allowed them to develop more sophisticated songs and arrangements and expand their musical style. Several songs subsequently became fixtures in the group's live set, including "The Song Remains the Same", "The Rain Song" and "No Quarter". Other material recorded at the sessions, including the title track, was shelved and released on the later albums Physical Graffiti and Coda. All instruments and vocals were provided by the band members Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards), and John Bonham (drums). The album was produced by Page and mixed by Eddie Kramer.

The cover was the first for the band to be designed by Hipgnosis and was based on a photograph taken at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Although critical response was mixed, Houses of the Holy became a commercial success, later receiving a Diamond (over 10 million albums sold)[4] certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1999. In 2020, the album was ranked at number 278 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[5]