Toto IV

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Toto IV
Studio album by Toto
Released April 8, 1982
Genre Pop rock
Length 41:59
Label Columbia
Toto chronology
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Toto IV
Singles from Toto IV
  1. "Rosanna"
    Released: April 1, 1982
  2. "Make Believe"
    Released: April 19, 1982
  3. "Africa"
    Released: May 10, 1982
  4. "I Won't Hold You Back"
    Released: October 14, 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]

Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American rock band Toto released on April 8, 1982 by Columbia Records. The album marks the band's career breakthrough.

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.

Album's updated emblem[edit]

The album's updated emblem is based on the original one designed by Philip Garris (known for painting many Grateful Dead album covers) for the band's first album, Toto. The sword's image comes from the song "Manuela Run" ("You better watch that sword that's hanging over you") which referred to the Sword of Damocles. The sword also represented the band's powerful, hard-edge sound, and, due to their ability to play many types of music, Garris made the sword double-edged to show their versatility. The iron ring represented a piece of work being constructed (the record itself) and was updated for this album to show four rings since this was their fourth album. The ring around the handle of the sword is newer looking and well-polished (representing their latest album). Each successive ring shows a little more wear and a few more chips (representing the band's older records).[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and produced by the members of Toto.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. "Rosanna"   David Paich Steve Lukather and Bobby Kimball 5:31
2. "Make Believe"   Paich Kimball 3:43
3. "I Won't Hold You Back"   Lukather Lukather 4:53
4. "Good for You"   Kimball and Lukather Kimball 3:17
5. "It's a Feeling"   Steve Porcaro Steve Porcaro 3:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
6. "Afraid of Love"   Lukather, Paich and J. Porcaro Lukather 3:52
7. "Lovers in the Night"   Paich Paich 4:25
8. "We Made It"   Paich and Jeff Porcaro Kimball 3:56
9. "Waiting for Your Love"   Kimball and Paich Kimball 4:12
10. "Africa"   Paich and J. Porcaro Paich 4:55


Additional personnel
  • James Newton Howard - strings, arranger, conductor, orchestral arrangements
  • Tom Scott - saxophone on "Rosanna" and "Lovers in the Night"
  • Lenny Castro - percussion, conga
  • Joe Porcaro - percussion
  • Ralph Dyck - synthesizer on "Lovers in the Night" and synthesizer programming
  • Martyn Ford - strings
  • Gary Grant - trumpet on "Rosanna"
  • Jerry Hey - trumpet and horn arrangements on "Rosanna"
  • James Pankow - trombone on "Rosanna"[7]
  • Jim Horn - saxophone on "Rosanna" and "Lovers in the Night", recorders on "Africa"
  • Tom Kelly - backing vocals on "Rosanna" and "Make Believe"
  • Marty Paich - orchestral arrangements on "I Won't Hold You Back"
  • Roger Linn - synthesizer programming on "Good For You"
  • Mike Porcaro - cello on "Good For You"
  • Timothy B. Schmit - backing vocals on "I Won't Hold You Back", "Good For You", and "Africa"
  • Al Schmitt - engineer
  • Jon Smith - saxophone on "Make Believe"



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[28] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Gold 34,179[29]
France (SNEP)[30] Platinum 370,600[31]
Germany (BVMI)[32] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[33] Gold 7,500*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 327,000[13]
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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


  • "Rosanna" / "It's a Feeling"
  • "Africa" / "We Made It" (released in Europe)
  • "Africa" / "Good for You" (released outside Europe)
  • "Make Believe" / "We Made It"
  • "Make Believe" / "Lovers in the Night" (released in the Netherlands)
  • "I Won't Hold You Back" / "Afraid of Love"
  • "I Won't Hold You Back" / "Waiting for Your Love" (released in the Netherlands and Japan)
  • "I Won't Hold You Back" / "Hold the Line" / "99" / "Goodbye Elenore" (12" UK release)
  • "Waiting for Your Love" / "Lovers in the Night"
  • "Afraid of Love" / "We Made It" (released in Japan)


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  2. ^ Robert Christgau review
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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