Stairway To Heaven
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin 1971 Zeppelin IV LP

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And she's buying
A stairway to Heaven

1971
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Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  • ranks #31 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • despite pressure from their record label Atlantic Records, the band never authorized the editing of the song for single release (the track was 8min 02 sec long)
  • in a 2009 "Guitar World" magazine article, Jimmy Page's guitar solo was rated #1 on a list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Solos in Rock and Roll History
  • the song was first played live at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Ireland on March 5, 1971, eight months before it's release on album
  • Jimmy Page's guitar introduction on "Stairway To Heaven" is considered to be one of rock's most iconic riffs
  • John Bonham's drums are not heard until 4 min 18 seconds into the song
  • written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
  • Jimmy Page: “The idea of ‘Stairway was to have a piece of music, a composition, whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods. The whole subtlety and intensity of the overlay would actually accelerate as it went through every level — every emotional level, every musical level. And so it keeps opening up, as it continues through these patterns.”
  • produced by Jimmy Page
  • recorded at Island Records, London and Headley Grange, Hampshire
  • length- 7:55
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