Friday, October 8, 2010

Stairway to heaven and Led Zeppelin IV

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.

  • "Black Dog" got its name from a stray black dog that was roaming about the concourse of Headley Grange.
  • "The Battle of Evermore" and "Misty Mountain Hop" reference J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" novels.
  • "Going to California" and "When the Levee Breaks" suggest references to "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck.

Diamond records:

1971 Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV Atlantic 23× platinum
  (platinum means 1 million+ sales)


  1. Stairway to heaven is indeed my favourite Led Zep song. In Australia, it was used as a parody 'Stairway to Kevin', since Kevin Rudd was our Prime Minister.

  2. i agree with mr Ownage tastes like chicken stairway to heaven is my fav song lol.

  3. Great song, thanks for the background info.

  4. I just got done with my GTL session this morning, and I was amused by your post

    keep up the solid work!

  5. good job here!

    you just inspired more bubbles on "Enhanced by MS Paint"... check it out!

    Thanks for all the facts about it!

  7. led zepplin, you cant love him

  8. stariway was the greatest song ever

  9. this is a good follow up post to the previous one

    I have a new post on GTL Everyday too :)

  10. Thanks for the comments on my blog :)

    I have new bubbles on Enhanced by MS Paint!

  11. Wow, didn't know the history/story behind this song.