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Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin (1971)

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Published on Feb 9, 2011

"Stairway To Heaven" was a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV"). The song is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based folk song accompanied by panflutes, before electric instrumentation is introduced. The final section is a high-tempo hard rock section highlighted by an intricate guitar solo by Page. The song, often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all-time, was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs, and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been officially released as a single there. The fourth album by Led Zeppelin was released on 8 November 1971. No title is printed on the album, so it is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV", following the naming standard used by the band's first three studio albums. Also the album has alternatively been referred to as " ", "Four Symbols", "The Fourth Album" (those two titles each having been used in the Atlantic Records catalogue), "Untitled", "The Runes", "ZoSo" and "The Hermit". "Zoso" is also the moniker for the band's guitarist, Jimmy Page. Upon its release, "Led Zeppelin IV" was a commercial and critical success. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 32 million units. It has sold over 23 million units in the United States alone, tying it for the third-best-selling album in the US. In 2003, the album was ranked 66th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This channel is dedicated to the classic rock hits that have become part of the history of our culture. The incredible AOR tracks that define music from the late 60s, the 70s and the early 80s . . . Classic Rock is here!

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