Who actually likes this song? Really. I’m a bit perplexed.
After listening to a couple of recent Word magazine podcasts where the topic of Led Zeppelin came up, I got to wondering how many people are actually happy to hear this song.
I know that amongst my friends, and I suspect most people who quite like the band, that none of us really enjoy it. We’ll occasionally add the caveat that it gets better in the latter stages when it begins rockin’, but on the whole, it’s no-one’s fave Zep song. And I don’t ever remember it being one of my favourites, it’s not just that I’ve heard it too many times (even though I have).
Looking in my iTunes at the play count of Led Zeppelin IV, every song is in double figures, apart from Stairway to Heaven.
So, with this in mind, why is that most of us assume that they must play it? It’s not like it’s their only popular song; it’s not like T’Pau not playing “China In Your Hand” at one of their shows. Zep fans are gonna be happier, I suspect, to hear a less-often-played-on-the-radio-song in its place.
So, with this in mind, do any of you like Stairway to Heaven? I’m not being snooty about it, it’s just something I genuinely wonder about.