Led Zeppelin - Stairway to heaven (Note: I didn't embed the video, because some people who visit my blog are on low performance PC's, and it will make the page take a lot longer to load, or it will lag the page).
The lyrics were written by Led Zeppelin's vocalist Robert Plant next to a log fire, and were inspired by his search for spiritual perfection. An influence was the book "Magic Arts in Celtic Britain" by Lewis Spence, which Plant had recently finished reading. It contained references to "May Queens" "Pipers" and "Bustling hedgerows"
It is cited as the most played song on FM radio stations in the United States, even though it's never being released as a single there.
"Stairway to Heaven" is one of the best selling sheet music publications. since 1971, it's sold over 1.2million copies. It is the best selling single piece of sheet music selling an average of 15,000 copies yearly.
Led Zeppelin IV was a success. The album's one of the greatest selling albums in history at 37 million copys sold. It's shipped more then 23 million copies in the US alone, putting it third on the all-time list in the United States and twelfth world-wide.
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