One Track Mind: Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin

Meghan Lusky, Writer

Led Zeppelin was an English rock band that formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page and later on consisting of: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, John Bonham and Jimmy Page.  The group had many different hits other than Stairway to Heaven that consisted of Ramble On, Whole Lotta Love, and Kashmir that made them a huge band in the late 60s and 70s. Stairway To Heaven was created in 1971 from the Led Zeppelin IV album along with the song Black Dog. This song was written for a friend of Robert Plants that had died a few years back from a car accident. Moreover, it could also be seen as an allegory for one’s journey through life and the search for meaning and understanding through it all. The song lyric ‘it makes me wonder’ repeats itself throughout the song suggesting people  should not keep wondering about the unknown and that it is  good to keep  wondering throughout your life. This lyric could also relate to people  not knowing what will happen to them later in life. Furthermore, his song became a infamous slow dance hit in the 70s and 80s to high school students at dances, but as this trend continued, Robert Plant started to state that this is more of a ‘wedding dance’ and would refuse to play it after the band broke up in 1980. Having the band break up in 1980, due to John Bonham dying, the songs and the band are a big influence on newer generations and bands.