Led Zeppelin: 'Stairway To Heaven' Is Britain's Best Rock Song

Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been named the UK's favourite rock song.

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Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has been named the UK's favourite rock song.

Released in 1971, it was one of three tracks by the band which made the top 10 in a poll by radio station Absolute Classic Rock.

The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" missed out on the top spot to reach second place, while Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" settled for third.

The Beatles and the Rolling Stones secured ninth and tenth place with "Revolution" and "Gimme Shelter" respectively.

01. Led Zeppelin - "Stairway To Heaven" 02. The Who - "Won"t Get Fooled Again" 03. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" 04. Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love" 05. Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water" 06. The Who - "Baba O' Reilly" 07. Led Zeppelin - "Rock 'n' Roll" 08. Free - "All Right Now" 09. The Beatles - "Revolution" 10. The Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter"

Thanks for the report to Digitalspy.

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    PatVanHalen5150
    One of the most overrated songs of all time. Whats wrong Brits? No room for Maiden, Priest or Sabbath?
    R8:31b
    Stairway @ #1? no way, its quite overrated, I personally think that "The Rain Song" is a much better listen to then Stairway but Stairway does have a Guitar solo so I guess that means its more Rock 'n Roll :/ And Yeah WTF No Floyd? Gimme a break, some one was definitely sniffing paint when they came up with this list.
    evilotto77
    Stairway to heaven is definitely overrated. While being incredible well written and arranged it's not a hugely interesting song, and the guitar solo - supposedly one of the best ever - is dull and overly simplistic. I've been able to copy it note-perfectly since I was about 16!
    RockInPeaceDime
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: bluesnd63 wrote: If you knew anything about music you wouldnt be saying that. When you listen to Stairway it is flawless in every way. Not quite. Everybody rants and raves about how Stairway contains the greatest guitar solo ever. I can name 20 now that sound better and are more technical. I'm not denying that it's a good song, it's a damn good song. But it is highly overrated.
    I rarely here anybody rant and rave about it being the most amazing solo of all time. Maybe a few 12 year olds every now and then, but it's pretty rare. The song is flawless in its entirety and conveys a feeling that very rarely comes through speakers. Every time you listen to it, that same feeling comes through. Every time. I've heard it hundreds of times. The feeling remains moving. I don't think it's overrated; I think it's perfectly rated. I won't say it's the best song ever written because that's a silly thing to say, but there's absolutely nothing you can say negatively about it.
    Cielofunk
    It's a poll for a favourite song, not best, not greatest, just favourite. Way to go UG
    BrixDK
    GN'R Dude wrote: Nameless742 wrote: badfish2829 wrote: Sadly, no Floyd. What's wrong with them? Yeah, no floyd = fail. Maybe if they said albums, but as far as individual songs only Comfortably Numb could be right up there.
    Money, Wish You Were Here, Another Brick in the Wall? Even though they are an album oriented band, they have put out some pretty timeless singles, and are with out a doubt one of the most influential rock bands of all time. List's are a waste of time anyway, brings out the worst
    Baconfish
    Grohlism wrote: 8. All Right Now - never heard of it in my life, must be a typo.
    I'm fairly sure you have seeing as it's been in an arseload of films and adverts over the years.
    Xhale1
    DemonDante wrote: PatVanHalen5150 wrote: One of the most overrated songs of all time. Whats wrong Brits? No room for Maiden, Priest or Sabbath? I'm a fan of all three of those bands, but they're heavy metal more than rock, so they should be in a different list. That's the way I'd look at it anyway.
    yes indeed sir.
    waysay
    This article sure generated a lot of flack! I feel it a good list. Every one of these songs have been overplayed to death. I personally don't want to hear any of them at my houseparty, but...thats not to say I didn't love them all at one time or another.
    justahumn
    The Stones at #10, behind Free and Deep Purple...The UK n's should be ashamed!!!!Love the Who, Led Zepplin,Queen...the Beatles! they been dead for 40 years. At worst The Stones at #2
    robpe36
    Stairway is not overrated. Overplayed and maybe tired, yes, but not overrated.
    fede01_8
    Melkord wrote: Jhnny wrote: Most overrated song from the most overrated band in the world, nice... I never understood what's so special in that song, and I will never understand. Yeah yeah I know, I don't know anything about music because your opininon is the only correct one, and when I listen to the song I realize that it's a masterpiece etc etc. But sorry fanboys, not everyone is a fanboy. Stairway is just a normal acoustic ballad at the beginning and a typical boring Hard Rock song at the end... The best song in the world? If it is, then there's something wrong with our world. And yes, the article was about Britains best Rock songs, not the best songs in the world, but Stairway has many times been voted as the best Rock song in the world... All the other songs in the list are okay, but Stairway is just so overrated that it makes me sick. proven fact that your opinion sucks, I have the formula if you need proof.
    read his favorite band in his profile
    Nirvana_RATM2
    robpe36 wrote: Stairway is not overrated. Overplayed and maybe tired, yes, but not overrated.
    You hit it, it is overplayed but the song is truly beautiful.
    jannick
    ultimate-slash wrote: stevezy wrote: Jimmy Jal wrote: 98Timberwolf wrote: Mobes52 wrote: What does that Asian guy in the picture have to do with Led Zeppelin? Lol. I'm kind of surprised AC/DC isn't in there. AC/DC isn't British. They are an Australian band but all but one are not from Australia. Malcolm, Angus, and Bon Scott are Scottish. Brian Johnson, and Cliff Wiliams are English. Phil Rudd (drummer) is the only current member of this most recent and longest running line-up of AC/DC who is a native Aussie...so a significant argument could be made that AC/DC is a British band...as much as they or any of their fans will deny it. Angus, Malcolm and Bon moved to Australia at a young age and gained an Australian identity, therefore they are Australian, born in Scotland, yes, but still Australian and not British. Also, they formed in Australia, so it's pretty hard to say that they are British.
    acotually... the young brothers are originally from wales... but if they were british they would fill out every list like this one
    jhart08
    pretty solid list, but im with everyone else...where's pink floyd? Comfortably numb should have been #2, hands down.
    Kelldrim
    Please note, Absolute Classic Rock is a sucky radio station so.. Don't take this one to heart XD
    jordan1991
    bluesnd63 wrote: PatVanHalen5150 wrote: One of the most overrated songs of all time. Whats wrong Brits? No room for Maiden, Priest or Sabbath? If you knew anything about music you wouldnt be saying that. When you listen to Stairway it is flawless in every way.
    Ya man like Zepplin is god its self maiden & sabbath are amazing but ill have to give all my respect to zepplin
    jannick
    badfish2829 wrote: Sadly, no Floyd. What's wrong with them?
    Floyd?? you have GOT to be joking. and about maiden, priest and sabbath? best british bands but still a little too narrowed style and genre to be most popular.
    Honky
    Grohlism wrote: 1. Stairway To Heaven deserves the spot although it is overrated and Led Zeppelin have much better songs. 2. I never realised Won't Get Fooled Again was that popular a song. That's probably just me though. 3. I'm surprised Bohemian Rhapsody wasn't 1st actually (not that it at all deserves to be). 4. Whole Lotta Love is better than Stairway To Heaven so why it's 4th is strange. 5. Smoke On The Water was always going to be top 10 even though I think it's mediocre. 6. Baba O'Rilly - I never knew this was a popular song. 7. Rock And Roll is deserved but I never thought it was popular either. 8. All Right Now - never heard of it in my life, must be a typo. 9. I've never knew The Beatles even had a song called Revolution 10. Gimme Shelter isn't The Rolling Stones' best but I guess it's okay. Not a bad top 10 but it has it's mistakes.
    Did you really just say this? Let me just reply the only way my good buddy Joey Lawrence would, "WHOA"!!!
    due 07
    Won't Get Fooled Again is the most god-awful piece of crap that The Who have ever produced.
    Wakisazhi
    jannick wrote: badfish2829 wrote: Sadly, no Floyd. What's wrong with them? Floyd?? you have GOT to be joking. and about maiden, priest and sabbath? best british bands but still a little too narrowed style and genre to be most popular.
    Uh no, Comfortably Numb pretty much is more iconic in British "rock" music than anything maiden and pries have done. What you're going to pull an Iron Man or a Paranoid out your ass? Other than that the rest of Sabbath's stuff falls below the radar on most classic rock stations and I'd be certain this one would be no exception. Meanwhile there are definitely quite a few brilliant Floyd songs that seem to be staples on many classic rock stations.
    geekgangstaguy
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience is the greatest British rock band and I believe All Along the Watchtower should have been #1. A lot of you guys talk about how emotional the Stairway solo is, but Watchtower has better technicality AND emotion. And, Jimi is far better, in my opinion, than Jimmy Page. Btw, don't flame because Jimi was born in America. The Jimi Hendrix is British.
    Grohlism
    Apejack Cuba wrote: boreamor wrote: Apejack Cuba wrote: That's not necessarily indicative of quality. Isn't it? I do not know many Iron Maiden songs, even though I've listened to most of their albums. Black Sabbath would bore me. And even though I like very few of the songs on the list, I think they're worth the rating better than most songs you can list. Allow me to rephrase something you said: How many Jonas Brothers songs would come onto a radio and people would instantly know it? A lot. But does that ensure their quality? Most people on here would dispute this.
    I don't know any Jonas Brothers songs and as far as I know, yes, everyone hates them.
    xiempie wrote: Good list, although for me Bohemian Rhapsody is #1
    No, but I guess someone was going to say this.
    trooperboots wrote: Stairway. One of the greatest ever songs ever writen by one of the greatest bands that have ever existed. But i would say the song itself is easy listening not rock.
    I think you've maybe mistaken Led Zeppelin for someone else.
    jrcsgtpeppers wrote: Why revolution? There are hundreds of better beatle songs than that... Whats up with the led zeppelin hate on ultimate guitar. I mena, stairway is the #1 tab on this site. I dont get it. Stairway is like rocks most famous song. You cant even play it in certain parts on the world because of its popularity. How can it be overrated? Its a beautiful song that was made to perfection.
    This. Another thing I'm confused about is how exactly The Jimi Hendrix Experience were British.
    KileManA7X
    Surely there is a mistake. Everyone knows Supper's Ready by Genesis is the greatest British song of all time. Someone re-do this article!
    KileManA7X
    Grohlism wrote: Apejack Cuba wrote: boreamor wrote: Apejack Cuba wrote: That's not necessarily indicative of quality. Isn't it? I do not know many Iron Maiden songs, even though I've listened to most of their albums. Black Sabbath would bore me. And even though I like very few of the songs on the list, I think they're worth the rating better than most songs you can list. Allow me to rephrase something you said: How many Jonas Brothers songs would come onto a radio and people would instantly know it? A lot. But does that ensure their quality? Most people on here would dispute this. I don't know any Jonas Brothers songs and as far as I know, yes, everyone hates them. xiempie wrote: Good list, although for me Bohemian Rhapsody is #1 No, but I guess someone was going to say this. trooperboots wrote: Stairway. One of the greatest ever songs ever writen by one of the greatest bands that have ever existed. But i would say the song itself is easy listening not rock. I think you've maybe mistaken Led Zeppelin for someone else. jrcsgtpeppers wrote: Why revolution? There are hundreds of better beatle songs than that... Whats up with the led zeppelin hate on ultimate guitar. I mena, stairway is the #1 tab on this site. I dont get it. Stairway is like rocks most famous song. You cant even play it in certain parts on the world because of its popularity. How can it be overrated? Its a beautiful song that was made to perfection. This. Another thing I'm confused about is how exactly The Jimi Hendrix Experience were British.
    Jimi Hendrix himself was American but the rest of the original members of the band were British and he got "famous" originally in England.
    awisinger
    Fail! So many better songs compared to Stairway. Doesn't any Brit watch Waynes world? No Stairway.
    98Timberwolf
    1) I know AC/DC is Australian, I thought the poll was open to all bands, and only bands from the UK got in. 2) I don't know why everyone is getting so fired up over an opinion on a poll based on opinions. I never said I was unhappy with the list.
    FearOfTheDuck
    PatVanHalen5150 wrote: One of the most overrated songs of all time. Whats wrong Brits? No room for Maiden, Priest or Sabbath?
    Its a disgrace isn't it! The same old rock songs always pop up in these things. Spose its a good list really. And the dude saying, where's AC/DC. Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams are english, and i'm pretty sure Malcolm, Angus and Bon are scottish, but they lived in Austrailia.
    Robert I.
    Ok, let's get the record straight, kids: Stairway to Heaven is a brilliantly composed song that has become a symbol of the diversity and power of good old-fashioned rocknroll. The reason a lot of people hate it (believe me, I used to hate it too) is that it's been played and covered and refered to so many times that we've all gotten pretty sick of it. Understandable, yes, but no reason to say it's a bad song.
    Black Star
    bluesnd63 wrote: PatVanHalen5150 wrote: One of the most overrated songs of all time. Whats wrong Brits? No room for Maiden, Priest or Sabbath? If you knew anything about music you wouldnt be saying that. When you listen to Stairway it is flawless in every way.
    ... Except for the fact it drags on for 5 minutes with the same exact guitar line playing in the background. It's pretty dull until the guitar solo, which is pretty meh compared to countless others I've heard. The last minute of the song, I would agree is nearly flawless, but the rest of it is entirely dull.
    Hungry_Hameds
    so much crap on here... Sabbath? Priest??? not even in the same league!! Stairway is a brilliant song, overplayed yes but only because it's a victim of it's own success. A song doesnt suck all of a sudden just cause it gets aired all the time!!
    Eirien wrote: I am a big Zeppelin fan but Rock 'n' Roll does NOT deserve to be in that list. Every time the album version of that song comes on I have to leave the room. The bass (or maybe the guitars and vocals) is horribly out of tune, and I can't understand how anyone can put up with it. I know I've probably heard them, but I can't remember what those Who songs go like. Why didn't they just put the over-rated, over played songs like they did with the other bands?
    and this guy... Yes rock and roll is not as popular as Stairway, Whole Lotta Love or Kashmir, so maybe doesnt deservie it's place, but it's a great song, that you think plant sings out of tune?!?! It's one of his best vocals! Do you not understand pitch?? Maybe you need Bonzo's epic solo at the end played on your face...
    PatVanHalen5150
    Jadena wrote: What does that have to do with anything? I hope your not one of "those" who judges their favorite solos by the amount of technical skill involved?
    No, I'm not one of "those". I said sound better before technicality. Look at Eruption, probably one of easiest solos to ever play & it damn sure sounds better than Stairway.
    Chozodragon
    One day, people will understand that fame does not have anything to do with quality. Though this is a great song.
    thbeekk
    Grohlism wrote: 9. I've never knew The Beatles even had a song called Revolution
    Well, you're an idiot; this song was pivotal example of late 1960s counterculture. Perhaps think next time before you post
    GeekInThePink
    It's a good song, but it just feels so redundant to post lists like these, but with slightly different song choices, over and over. I think most people just get it already.