Toto IV

Toto IV
Studio album by Toto
Released April 8, 1982
Length 41:59
Label Columbia
Producer Toto
Toto chronology
Turn Back
Toto IV
Singles from Toto IV
  1. "Rosanna"
    Released: April 1, 1982
  2. "Make Believe"
    Released: August 7, 1982
  3. "Africa"
    Released: October 30, 1982
  4. "I Won't Hold You Back"
    Released: March 12, 1983
  5. "Waiting For Your Love"
    Released: July 2, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauB−[2]
Rolling Stone[3]

Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American rock band Toto released in the spring of 1982 by Columbia Records. The album marked the band's career zenith.

The lead single, "Rosanna", peaked at number 2 for five weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, while the album's third single, "Africa", topping the Hot 100 charts as well, became the group's first number 1 hit.[4] Both songs were smash hits in the UK as well, reaching number 12 and 3 respectively.[5] The fourth single, "I Won't Hold You Back", also peaked within the top ten on the Hot 100, at number 10, but atop the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts for three weeks.[4] It also went within the top 40 in the UK.[5] With the success of "Africa", the album climbed back into the top 10 in early 1983 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Toto IV received six Grammy Awards in 1983 including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year for the band, and Record of the Year for "Rosanna". It reached number four on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States alone, shortly after its release. It also reached within top ten in some other countries, including in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, and Japan.


After the success of their self-titled debut, Toto struggled to sustain success on their next two albums, Hydra and Turn Back. The band was under heavy pressure from Columbia Records to deliver a hit album with their next release or be at risk of being dropped from the label.

The band went back to the formula that helped them succeed on their first album, having an album that touched on many different genres of music. They also utilized many outside musicians to help give the sound a more polished, fuller feel than they had on past albums.

The recording took many months during 1981 and 1982 and the band was allowed a much larger than average recording budget. At a time when most bands were using a single 24-track recorder Toto used as many as 3 separate 24-track recorders at the same time.[6] The 24-track recorders were linked with a computerized SMPTE timecode system that allowed for up to 69 individual tracks of sound simultaneously.

This was the final album with the original Toto lineup. David Hungate, who moved to Nashville during the recording of the album, left the band to spend more time with his family. Bobby Kimball was fired by the band due to drug issues that were damaging his voice.

The band delayed touring after the release of the album to instead help in the production of Michael Jackson's Thriller album, as well as collaborating on Chicago's comeback album Chicago 16 that same year.

Album's updated emblem

Philip Garris' original emblem from the Toto album was updated to show four rings since this was their fourth album. The newer looking, well-polished ring around the hilt of the sword represented their latest work. Each successive ring showed a little more wear and a few more chips which represented the band's previous records.[7]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Rosanna"  David PaichSteve Lukather and Bobby Kimball5:31
2."Make Believe"  PaichKimball3:43
3."I Won't Hold You Back"  LukatherLukather4:53
4."Good for You"  Kimball and LukatherKimball3:17
5."It's a Feeling"  Steve PorcaroSteve Porcaro3:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Afraid of Love"  Lukather, Paich and Jeff PorcaroLukather3:52
7."Lovers in the Night"  PaichPaich4:25
8."We Made It"  Paich and J. PorcaroKimball3:56
9."Waiting for Your Love"  Kimball and PaichKimball4:12
10."Africa"  Paich and J. PorcaroPaich and Kimball4:55


Additional personnel




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Gold 34,179[31]
France (SNEP)[32] Platinum 370,600[33]
Germany (BVMI)[34] Platinum 500,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[35] Platinum 346,520^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[36] Gold 7,500*
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone



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Preceded by
The Concert in Central Park
by Simon & Garfunkel
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
September 11, 1982
Succeeded by
The Concert in Central Park
by Simon & Garfunkel
Preceded by
Built for Speed by Stray Cats
Top Canadian Chart number-one album
March 12 – April 9, 1983
Succeeded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
25 Years of Gold by Cliff Richard
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
April 4–10, 1983
Succeeded by
Go for It by Various artists
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