Plagiarism is a very heavy charge to loft at another person, but it seems to happen all the time, sometimes it’s clearly true others it’s clearly malarkey, either way it’s a legitimate concern, especially in the world of music. (wikipedia) Music is often similar in sound, there are only so many sounds that can be made with a musical instrument so it’s only natural that at some point or another you could possibly stumble onto something that has been done at one time in the past. (huffingtonpost) It seems to happen all the time, one song comes out, becomes a massive hit, then suddenly someone else decides that it sounds a lot like one they’ve done that didn’t become a hit, so they feel they deserve some of the money. (nydailynews) On the other hand, there are those cases that so completely obvious that there’s been a lifting of part, or all, of a song by an artist yet somehow the one who “borrowed” the music gets away with the act by claiming they’ve created their own music by making one tiny change in a classic song, just ask Vanilla Ice about that one. (copyrightwebsite) It happens so often that nobody is ever really surprised when a claim is made these days, well, usually anyway.
Stairway to Heaven holds a major place in the world of rock music, it’s not only one of the most popular songs of all time, it’s also considered one of the best written songs in rock music, it has held a distinction of being the most requested song on rock radio in the United States for ages, it’s so good that it transcends generations. (todayifoundout) With that distinctive position I would think that someone would have come out a long time ago to claim that part of the song was stolen from their band, if it happened, but apparently some people take longer to catch on than others. (theguardian) I’ve listened to the song that Led Zeppelin supposedly stole in order to create Stairway to Heaven’s intro and I’ll admit if you listen closely enough you could possibly see a connection between the two, but as I stated earlier you can only play so many sounds on a musical instrument before you stumble onto something that sounds similar to what someone else created. (youtube) If anyone from Led Zeppelin ever comes out and states they were in some way shape or form inspired by this song only then will I believe in the supposed plagiarism, it’s not too far apart but it’s not quite the exact same, at this point we’ll just have to see how it all plays out.