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"Stairway to Heaven"
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin US promotional single.png
American radio promotional sleeve
Song by Led Zeppelin
from the album Led Zeppelin IV
Released 8 November 1971 (1971-11-08)
Recorded December 1970 – 1971
Studio Island Studios, London
Length 7:55
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Jimmy Page
Джимми Пэйдж
Jimmy Page used a double-necked guitar to perform "Stairway to Heaven" live.

"Stairway to Heaven" is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by the band's guitarist Jimmy Page and lead singer Robert Plant for their untitled fourth studio album (often titled Led Zeppelin IV). The song is widely regarded as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

The song has three sections, each one progressively increasing in tempo and volume. The song begins in a slow tempo with acoustic instruments (guitar and recorders) before introducing electric instruments. The final section is an uptempo hard rock arrangement, highlighted by Page's guitar solo and Plant's vocals, which ends with the plaintive a cappella line: "And she's buying a stairway to heaven".

"Stairway to Heaven" was voted number three in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Stairway to Heaven" number 31 on its list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States at the time, despite never having been commercially released as a single in the US. In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin's Mothership release, "Stairway to Heaven" reached number 37 on the UK Singles Chart.


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame US "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" 1994 *
Classic Rock UK "Ten of the Best Songs Ever!" 1999 1
VH1 US "The 100 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time" 2000 3
RIAA US "Songs of the Century" 2001 53
Grammy Awards US "Grammy Hall of Fame Award" 2003 *
Rolling Stone US "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" 2004 31
Rolling Stone US "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" 2021 61
Q UK "100 Songs That Changed the World" 2003 47
Toby Creswell Australia "1001 Songs: the Great Songs of All Time" 2005 *
Q UK "100 Greatest Songs of All Time" 2006 8
Guitar World US "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" 2006 1
Rolling Stone US "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" 2008 8

(*) designates unordered lists.


Digital download

Chart (2007–10) Peak
Canadian Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart 17
EU Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 79
Germany (Official German Charts) 15
Irish Singles Chart 24
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 13
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Portuguese Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 57
Swiss Singles Chart 17
UK Singles Chart 37
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs Chart 30
US Billboard Hot Singles Recurrents Chart 16

Note: The official UK Singles Chart incorporated legal downloads as of 17 April 2005.

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark) Platinum 0^
Italy (FIMI)
sales since 2009
2× Platinum 60,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)
2000 release
Platinum 600,000^
United States
digital sales

xunspecified figures based on certification alone


See also

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