Click to return to Dave’s Music Database home page.

Released: March 28, 1973

Rating: 4.315 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: classic hard rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Song Remains the Same [5:30]
  2. The Rain Song [7:39]
  3. Over the Hills and Far Away [4:50]
  4. The Crunge (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) [3:17]
  5. Dancing Days [3:43]
  6. D’Yer Mak’er (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) [4:22]
  7. No Quarter (Jones/Page/Plant) [7:00]
  8. The Ocean (Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant) [4:31]

Songs written by Plage/Plant unless noted otherwise.

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 11.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 17.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Over the Hills and Far Away (6/23/73) #51 US
  • D’Yer Mak’er (10/20/73) #20 US


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy follows the same basic pattern as Led Zeppelin IV, but the approach is looser and more relaxed. Jimmy Page’s riffs rely on ringing, folky hooks as much as they do on thundering blues-rock, giving the album a lighter, more open atmosphere. While the pseudo-reggae of D’Yer Mak’er and the affectionate James Brown send-up The Crunge suggest that the band was searching for material, they actually contribute to the musical diversity of the album.” STE

The Rain Song is one of Zep’s finest moments, featuring a soaring string arrangement and a gentle, aching melody. The Ocean is just as good, starting with a heavy, funky guitar groove before slamming into an a cappella section and ending with a swinging, doo wop-flavored rave-up.” STE

“With the exception of the rampaging opening number, The Song Remains the Same, the rest of Houses of the Holy is fairly straightforward, ranging from the foreboding No Quarter and the strutting hard rock of Dancing Days to the epic folk/metal fusion Over the Hills and Far Away.” STE

“Throughout the record, the band’s playing is excellent, making the eclecticism of Page and Robert Plant’s songwriting sound coherent and natural.” STE

Review Sources:

Related DMDB Link(s):

Previous Album: Led Zeppelin IV (1971) Led Zeppelin’s DMDB page Next Album: Physical Graffiti (1975)

Last updated February 16, 2010.