Stairway to Heaven (8:00)

Cover of Led Zeppelin IV

From Led Zeppelin IV and 257 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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  • sorterose

    my mom put this on a mixtape that i used to listen to on my walkman when i was around 6. sweet memories... remember thinking it was the best song in the world, although the wild part sort of freaked me out.

    Yesterday 5:59pm Reply
  • lzcool

    Obra-prima...Viajante.

    11 Apr 1:19pm Reply
  • cadotte4

    hairway to steven! oh yea!

    9 Apr 3:40am Reply
  • marjo47

    Its still brilliant.

    8 Apr 2:09pm Reply
  • LM_77

    I Still remember when I first listened this songs...

    5 Apr 1:51pm Reply
  • anne_maiden

    Led Zeppelin < 3

    5 Apr 4:25am Reply
  • MarioSila

    Todos los grupos y solistas que escucho son para mi los mejores, Led Zeppelin como la musica tan distinta de Buddy Guy. Toda la musica compuesta entre mediado de los años 1950 y finales de 1980 es buenísima incluido los grupos conocidos como la Movida Madrileña de los 80. A partir de 1995 no se a vuelto a hacer buena musica. Todo esta ya compuesto editado y escuchado. Es mi opinion

    4 Apr 10:16pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    3 Apr 10:53am Reply
  • RAYMOND7654321

    Loved it then. Love it now.

    31 Mar 3:37am Reply
  • blustarent

    STILL AMAZING!

    28 Mar 1:19am Reply
  • 006G89

    Made in heaven.[2]

    26 Mar 1:33am Reply
  • bullfrog84

    Je pense que c'est leur meilleur album, je ne m'en lasse pas...

    20 Mar 7:24pm Reply
  • cjfreckles

    there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road your on....love that line

    16 Mar 4:58pm Reply
  • KConn3711

    the best song in the history of Rock!!!

    9 Mar 7:03pm Reply
  • foxy1

    Jimmy Page & John paul jones, have to be the most influential musicians of rock music..anyone who likes all forms of music, bands artists Led Zeppelin will have had some form of influence upon them ..Stairway to heaven is just a small portion of led zeppelin's musical brilliance..the best rock band ever..and that's a fact.:)

    6 Mar 2:46pm Reply
  • bananowy_shake

    beautiful !

    2 Mar 3:44pm Reply
  • bogachevz

    The first song, I learned to play on guitar

    23 Feb 8:09am Reply
  • HarleyDude-EJB

    just thinking-- rockers say they hate when rock groups do ballads - Kiss Poison Metallica etc etc but then say they love Stairway to heaven? LOL

    22 Feb 8:46pm Reply
  • vinman76

    Need I say anything? Play on Boys!!

    17 Feb 3:40pm Reply
  • crism99

    I hope everyone likes this video I found on youtube, this is just such an epic live performance. There is no one other than Led Zeppelin, I am sorry but no one compares.

    16 Feb 10:05pm Reply
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