Stairway to Heaven (8:00)

Cover of Led Zeppelin IV

From Led Zeppelin IV and 267 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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  • Ramadnazhif

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES! [3]

    27 Jan 12:46am Reply
  • samiskywalker

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES! [2]

    12 Jan 4:40am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    @Oppressotron or anything from Blue Cheer in '68. And I would argue the s/t from Sabbath as well in '70. Then there are the extremely obscure bands that were proto-metal before even Blue Cheer existed and songs like Helter Skelter by The Beatles or The Nile Song by Pink Floyd.

    10 Jan 11:05pm Reply
  • julilopez2

    masterpiece

    5 Jan 11:35am Reply
  • HaohmaruXXX

    Great song

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • milkcocoshake

    puff puff pass [2]

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • userabc123

    Killed off my favorite genre but created a good one.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hanstone

    puff puff pass

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nelsonha

    Sometimes I think this has been overplayed and then I listen to it and realize this song CAN'T be overplayed!

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    Great

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    <3

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Joshy1kz

    Just about always get emotional for the first 5 minutes of this song.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    CLASSIC.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SEZIA

    super

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • hollyheer

    Perfection <3

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    From the post below: 'Chuck Klosterman named it the second greatest metal album of all time and said that it was "the most famous hard-rock album ever recorded" as well as an album that unintentionally created metal—"the origin of everything that sounds, feels, or even tastes vaguely metallic".' Chuck obviously never has listened to Sabbath's Paranoid which was released in 1970 (a full year before Zeppelin 4) or the heavier Master of Reality which was STILL released before Zeppelin 4. Rock critics blow.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dscomic

    No stairway... denied!

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the album that had No name. Eventually became Known as "Led Zeppelin IV" released on November 8, 1971. Changed the music world: In 2002, Spin magazine's Chuck Klosterman named it the second greatest metal album of all time and said that it was "the most famous hard-rock album ever recorded" as well as an album that unintentionally created metal—"the origin of everything that sounds, feels, or even tastes vaguely metallic". Song written by Page, Plant.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    One of the greatest songs of ALL TIMES! [2]

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DrunkenAirplane

    De Snob 2000 gaat verder waar de Top 2000 ophoudt. De muzieksnobs hebben meer dan 3.000 liedjes verzameld die helaas in de keuzelijst van de Top 2000 ontbreken. Daar gaan we weer een mooie lijst van maken: de Snob 2000! http://ondergewaardeerdeliedjes.nl/2014/11/26/stem-voor-de-snob-2000/

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
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