Stairway to Heaven (8:00)

Cover of Led Zeppelin IV

From Led Zeppelin IV and 258 other releases

“Stairway to Heaven” is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band’s fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV. It is the most requested and most played song on FM radio stations in the United States, despite never having been released as a single there. In November 2007, through download sales promoting their recent Mothership release, the song hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart and #13 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. It was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs.

According to music journalist Stephen Davis, although the song was released in 1971, it took until 1973 before the song’s popularity ascended to truly “anthemic” status.

“Stairway to Heaven” continues to top radio lists of the greatest rock songs, as well as topping a recent Guitar World poll. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via U.S. radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid. As of 2000, the song had been broadcast on radio over three million times. It is also the biggest-selling single piece of sheet music clocking up an average of 15,000 copies yearly. In total, over one million copies have been sold.

The song’s length precluded its release in full form as a single. Despite pressure from Atlantic Records the band would not authorize the editing of the song for single release, making “Stairway to Heaven” one of the most well-known and popular rock songs never to have been released as a single.

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  • gotgore101

    Love the guitar from Jimmy Page. Can Jimmy sing y'all?????

    28 Aug 2:46am Reply
  • Ksimi

    Suspiciously low number of shouts - just under 2.5K

    22 Aug 12:20pm Reply
  • hanstone

    Is this from Kajagoogoo IV?

    18 Aug 4:17pm Reply
  • homeworksavior

    Long live Led Zeppelin. Greatest band ever.

    13 Aug 1:05pm Reply
  • marjo47

    a beaut! and indeed an Ace track.

    12 Aug 5:51pm Reply
  • TheBullfrog

    Ace track! www.jackybullfrog.com

    11 Aug 5:49pm Reply
  • HindNaciri

    Can never get enough of it . NEVAAA

    8 Aug 1:46pm Reply
  • Scratch-N-Sniff

    Over 10 1/2 minutes long (for the live version) and not one bit of it is wasted.

    4 Aug 3:44pm Reply
  • apouroiselle

    the greatest... greatest song EVER.

    21 Jul 8:31pm Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    Great song even if overplayed to death.

    19 Jul 9:41am Reply
  • o-MacGyver-o

    Kult!

    15 Jul 4:03pm Reply
  • edneoson

    did somebody say 'epic'?

    12 Jul 10:36pm Reply
  • SunwaptaSam

    I love this song, I heard it once bought the vinyl, the rest is history ... ROCK ON !

    12 Jul 7:29pm Reply
  • MegaJorj

    +1 БЛЯ

    11 Jul 8:07pm Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Тут собсно и говорить ничего не надо, все и так понятно)

    11 Jul 4:19am Reply
  • jaimsan

    sigue siendo perfecto

    3 Jul 4:09am Reply
  • Oppressotron

    You know Evilmalekikyo, you could cobble one together. Get some Achilles Last Stand, Battle of Evermore, No quarter, some War Ensemble... wait. hold that last one.

    30 Jun 6:01pm Reply
  • indiaquick

    chilled out goose bumbs

    28 Jun 12:58am Reply
  • LucasBloomOne

    One of the best songs of all time and it especially actual in 20-21 century. I love it. Peace.

    22 Jun 9:27pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Clocking in at just over 8 minutes long, this folk and hard rock number may be the band’s most famous song. Thanks to Page’s complex guitar work and Plant’s unique singing style, “Stairway to Heaven” isn’t only one of Led Zeppelin’s finest songs but also one of the greatest songs in rock and roll. It wasn’t even released as a single, but still its haunting lyrics, memorable guitar solo and multiple musical sections have left an immeasurable and all-encompassing influence on later artists. -- watchmojo

    21 Jun 3:29am Reply
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