"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin
Strong SongsJanuary 08, 2020x
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"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

Do you hear a faint.... bustling? It's coming from your hedgerow. It's not just a spring clean for the May queen... it's a new episode of Strong Songs, straight from the Internet to your eardrums!

Yes, Strong Songs is back from the holidays and ready for a lush new year of thumps, pops, sizzles, and higgada-buggadas. On the first episode of 2020, Kirk goes deep into Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," a song that develops with unusual subtlety, from those quiet opening guitar arpeggios to that howling, rocking culmination.

Band/Artist: Led Zeppelin

Album: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

Composed by: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

Listen/Buy: Apple Music | Amazon | Spotify



  • "Black Dog" also from Led Zeppelin IV
  • Clips from Wayne's World, 1992, and a Billboard magazine retrospective with director Penelope Spheeris
  • "Taurus" by Spirit from Spirit, 1968
  • "The Mandalorian" by Ludwig Göransson from The Mandalorian soundtrack, 2019
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen from A Night at the Opera, 1975
  • "Grace" by Jeff Buckley from Grace, 1994
  • A clip from Jeff Buckley Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition), 1993, which is a really incredible live compilation and you should listen to it


OUTRO SOLOIST: Kirk Hamilton

Kirk is, well, the host of Strong Songs. He realized he'd never actually done an outro solo, so he figured he'd kick off year two by recording one. He's playing tenor sax, and there's actually a video of him recording the solo here: https://twitter.com/kirkhamilton/status/1214319584959877123


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