Stairway to Heaven Introduction
Kinda surprising, considering that "Stairway to Heaven" doesn't exactly fit the usual recipe for commercial radio success. It's eight minutes long. It has a musical structure closer to classical music than to your typical verse/chorus/verse pop song. It starts off with a slightly goofy Mellotron part that sounds a bit like what you'd hear from ye olde towne piper at the Renaissance Faire. And the lyrics talk about things like bustles in your hedgerows and spring cleans for your May Queens. (What?)
But this unlikely collection of elements somehow adds up to one of the most beloved songs of all time. You might even call it the Holy Grail of classic rock. Read on to find out why.
About the Song
|Artist||Led Zeppelin||Musician(s)||Robert Plant (vocals), Jimmy Page (guitar), John Paul Jones (bass, Mellotron), John Bonham (drums)|
|Album||Led Zeppelin IV|
|Writer(s)||Jimmy Page, Robert Plant|
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On the ChartsThough never released as a single, "Stairway to Heaven" is the most played song on FM radio to date.
As of the year 2000, "Stairway to Heaven" had been played on the radio over 3 million times. At eight minutes per play, that adds up to about 46 years of continuous playback.
"Stairway to Heaven" sheet music has sold more than one million copies—more than any other single piece of sheet music.
Led Zeppelin IV, the album upon which "Stairway" appears, has sold over 23 million copies in the USA alone.