One of Led Zeppelin's best songs they ever sang, if not the best song ever. Stairway to Heaven was recorded by Led Zeppelin in December, 1970 and has stood the test of time as it is still often requested by listeners of radio stations. The single was never actually released. Stairway to Heaven was played for the first time at a concert in March of 1971 and was immediately a hit. This Led Zeppelin poster or photo shows a portion of the lyrics and the picture of an old man carrying a bright lantern. The Stairway to Heaven lyrics are haunting at times, as the rhythm of the music is very slow and the song is quite long. While most songs average three to four minutes in length, "Stairway to Heaven" was just over eight minutes long.