The Story Of Led Zepplin's "Stairway To Heaven"

By | April 24, 2022

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Plant once said “Depending on what day it is, I still interpret the song a different way—and I wrote the lyrics,” and believes that abstraction” gives it power. NME

By many measures, Led Zeppelin's “Stairway To Heaven” ranks as the most famous rock song in history. However, the slow-building anthem never charted since it was never released to the public as a single. Despite that lack of recognition and its lengthy run time “Stairway To Heaven” quickly became the most played song in American radio history. It also routinely sells between 10,000 to 15,000 sheets of music annually, the most for any rock song.

Of course, anything that gains that level of popularity becomes subject to people’s crazy theories, like the notion that if you play it backward you’ll hear a message from the devil. Here are the many twists and turns of Led Zeppelin's iconic “Stairway to Heaven.”

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A Much Anticipated Song

The band began planning “Stairway To Heaven” in the ‘70s as a replacement for their previous concert centerpiece “Dazed And Confused.” They titillated journalists with the tidbit that their next song could run 15 minutes long and that it promised to "build towards a climax."

Originally, the band stated that the genesis of the song began in a 250-year-old Welsh cottage called Bron-yr-Aur. However, many years later when the song came under copyright scrutiny, they admitted under oath that it was actually Headley Grange in Hampshire. Undoubtedly, the ancient Scottish cottage-inspired more mysticism than Headley Grange where sheep count among the biggest attractions.