Stairway to Heaven, Highway to Hell or Hoax?

30 09 2009

We all know about the infamous rumor about Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, but is it real or hoax?

Along with Stairway to Heaven there are many other songs rumored to have hidden messages, often satanic or occult, some of these include “Imagine” by John Lennon, “I’m So Tired” by the Beatles which started the “Paul is Dead” rumor  and “Hit me baby one more time” by Brittany Spears.

Putting backwards messages in songs is called back masking. There are two types of back masking; intentional and unintentional. Some examples of purposely back masked songs are; Pink Floyd’s “Empty Spaces” and Electric Light Orchestra’s “Face the Music”. These messages are created by recording a verbal message, reversing the message and then superimposing on the existing song. The messages on these are clear and easily distinguishable when played backwards but when played forwards, the message sounds like gibberish.  Unintentional back masked songs are really just a myth, there is no proof to show that the supposed messages were included intentionally, but then again there is the un explainable similarity in many songs to actual English words. Often you are able to string whole sentences together.

I had a listen to some supposed “back masked” songs. The first one I listened to was the infamous “Stairway to Heaven”, forwards there are no traces of possible back masked messages, but backwards, there is an easily distinguishable “satanic” message. It had mentions of Satan and his “little tool shed”.

There are also a number of other songs I listened to backwards, all of them, extremely convincing. If you would like to hear for your self, head to:

I’m not going to tell you that this is all just a hoax. It could be just a coincidence that all these songs seem to have messages in them, and that these messages see to speak of things that the artists were involved with at the time, but then again, it could be something more. It’s all up to you.  It’s really just another myth about the evils of Rock ‘n’ Roll.


By Sarah




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