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‘Stairway To Heaven’ Voted No. 31
Long a ubiquitous part of the world’s cultural landscape (a guitar shop in the Wayne’s World movie banned the song from being played when people were trying out new guitars; the group Butthole Surfers punningly titled their 1988 album Hairway To Steven), ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was voted No. 31 in Rolling Stone magazine’s November 2004 ‘500 Greatest Songs Of All Time’ cover story. Placed between The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ (No. 32) and Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ (No. 30). Led Zeppelin’s nearest other entry was ‘Whole Lotta Love’ at No. 75. Though it was a remarkable placing (to be in the top 500 of anything is no mean feat), the fact that ‘Stairway’ wasn’t any higher may have reflected the magazine’s current middling opinion of a band it once viewed with derision. Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ topped the chart.
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