Stairway to heaven is a popular song forbidden in most guitar stores in Denmark Street in 1973. Not only “stairway to heaven” is forbidden but a couple of other songs are forbidden riff in guitar stores.
- ”Whole lotta love”
- Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
- Wonderwall by Oasis
- Sweet Child ‘O Mine by Guns N’Roses
- Rock You Like a Hurricane by The Scorpions
- Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
- Blackbird by The Beatles
- Iron Man by Black Sabbath
- Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Why should a popular song like the stairway to heaven be forbidden in guitar stores? Every time a customer walked into Guitar store they would always play this song while twisting the guitars.
The owners and workers of the guitar stores heard it so many times they wouldn’t stand it; you wouldn’t enter into a guitar shop and not hear somebody test the guitars by playing Stairway to heaven or other popular forbidden songs. The ban came eminent because who came to try the guitars was less like to buy one.
Produced and sung by Rock band Led Zeppelin, Forbidden Riff was so popular it was the bands bestselling and most played song.