Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Stairway to Hell: 500 Best Heavy Metal Albums in the Universe [Paperback]

Chuck Eddy
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback --  

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc; 2Rev Ed edition (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030680817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808173
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,458,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


This irreverent and hilarious guide to all that's loud, vulgar, fast, violent, pissed-off, and adolescent in the music of the last forty yearsthe first book to prefigure the emerging "alternative" culture of the 1990shas now been updated with the hundred best metal albums of the decade.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

2.5 out of 5 stars
2.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chuck Eddy - metal expert.......HA HA HA HA HA 27 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Picture this : bitter nerd who collects vinyl thinks that by defining his own pathetic record collection as "heavy metal" he has an instant licence to cool.....
IT DOESN'T WORK!!! On nearly every count Eddy reveals his ignorance of the genre. From the laughable inclusion in the "Nineties" appendage of a series of eighties hard rock collections, to the listing in said section of a Suzi Quatro retrospective!! I CAN speak with authority on "metal" having run the Australian subsidiary of Roadrunner Records for four years (the world's most successful "metal" label), and this guy is genuinely clueless. Not trying to reveal my own loyalties, but how can you have a "heavy metal" countdown without the inclusion of acts such as "Iron Maiden", "Judas Priest" or new cutting edge acts such as "Fear Factory" or "Coal Chamber"....
I'll tell you how this could happen....Chuck Eddy, despite claiming to be an authority, has either not heard of these bands or is scared of their music. When half his collection is wimp-out AOR records and other soft American "rock lite", you really must wonder about the integrity of his conclusions.
As a fan, and (if I may say so) a relative expert on the genre of "metal", I urge you not to buy this book. However, if Europe's "Final Countdown" has you air-guitaring in the bedroom, Eddy's book is a must......
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars worthless 12 Jan 1999
By A Customer
This book has to be the biggest pile of garbage I have ever "read" in my life. Eddy's definition of "heavy metal" is so distorted that it includes Miles Davis, the Osmonds, Parliament/Funkadelic, and much that would be considered FM "classic rock." Overall, there is too much emphasis on 80's glam rock/pop metal to make this a complete listing of the "best in the universe." I sure am glad I only checked this out of the library; had I spent good money for it I would be incensed beyond belief. Don't waste your time with this...
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 17 Oct 1998
By A Customer
The first edition of this book (which I got in 1992 when it first came out - I like to brag about this because it's the ONE thing I was into before everyone else) more or less formed my sensibilities RE: what I like about pop music, so, yeah, I'm a little biased. I just about wet my pants when I saw the 2nd ed. in my not-so-local bookstore, and snapped it up instantly, and it did not disappoint. If I knew someone who wanted to get started on some kind of weird "Great Books About Rock n Roll" program, I'd give 'em this, Chuck's "Accidental Evolution of Rock N Roll", and R. Meltzer's "Aesthetics of Rock." Chuck is one of the smartest and funniest humans writing about r'n'r (or anything else); reading one of his books (or reviews) is more akin to listening one of your weird, obsessed friends ramble on without restraint about a topic they truly love (maybe that's why I keep using the dude's first name, as if I knew him or something). I much prefer that feeling to that of being lectured at or talked-down to that I get from other r'n'r books. I have a feeling that the very thing that I - and others - love about this book is the same thing that will alienate a lot of the plebians who will cry 'foul' upon discovering that Priest and Maiden don't make the final cut, to wit: the willingness that Chuck has to challenge, provoke, irritate, confuse, or SOMEHOW get SOME KIND OF REACTION FROM the reader. You may hate this book, but it will NOT put you to sleep. Instead of telling the metal fan what s/he wants to hear, Chuck tries to - gasp! - expand their horizons somewhat by - choke! - throwing a few actual IDEAS their way!! If you feel you're up to the challenge, give STAIRWAY a try. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This publication is testatment to how out of favour metal is in North America. The past five years have seen some of the best metal ever, yet very little recent material is included in the book. I believe that virtually any metal fan would agree that bands the author leaves out (e.g. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest)are absolute archetypes of the genre. I pity the unsuspecting metal fan who runs out and buys P-Funk thinking they are 'one of the best' of all time. 'Stairway to Hell'is embarrassingly....out of touch.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish 22 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Chuck Eddy's complete lack of knowledge on the subject of heavy metal astounds me! Anyone that would consider Suzy Quatro, the Osmands, and P-funk as heavy metal shouldn't be allowed to speak about the genre, let alone write a book claiming to list it's 500 greatest albums! Please! Where is Judas Priest? Where is Iron Maiden? Honestly, Chuck, is this a joke? Fans, don't waste your time or money.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars destined to be misunderstood in our lifetime 27 Aug 1999
By A Customer
were more listeners to adopt eddy's ethos (in spirit if not in personal choices) the music world would be a less straitjacketed, reductive place than it is today - and as for all the Priest /Maiden fans, they'll grow up one day I'm sure.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
By A Customer
I've read the reviews and I've owned this book since the fall of 1991 (i.e. the first printing), so now it's time for my two cents' worth. Eddy is an incisive writer whose musical tastes run the metal gamut (in fact, many of the albums included, like those by Prince, Neil Young, Teena Marie, and Donnie Osmond are about as heavy metal as saying that Bill Clinton is a Republican), but his sense of humor and history is impeccable. Buy this book; it WILL send you to the cutout bins looking for rare stuff by Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, and, er, Prince. A caveat for those who already have the first edition: the second edition is basically a reprint of the first with no changes, plus an extra chapter on the best HM albums of the 90s.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Life? welcome...
If you want to do a book on music in general, do it. However, don't use the word "heavy metal" in the title if Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are dismissed. Read more
Published on 24 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fair to metal nor to truth
I knew right away that the book was worthless when the New York Dolls had one of the top ten "heavy metal" albums of all time. Read more
Published on 12 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless book !!!
I read this book from a friend. The writer of this book should be arrested !!! He doesn't seem to know what is heavy metal! Read more
Published on 5 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars What "Universe" does Chuck Eddy live in?
Missing from Eddy's pathetic book: Starland Vocal Band, Bay City Rollers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. COME ON! Read more
Published on 27 May 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag - but evokes repeated readings
I appreciate his signficant nod to Black Sabbath (though I woulda put more albums on the list), but.......... Read more
Published on 30 April 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars metallica
i think metallica's album with the same name is the best metal album...
Published on 24 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 0 stars if I could
Let me see: Poison is better than Metallica, Bryan Adams and Prince are heavy metal, and Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, the Scorpions, Judas Priest, and Megadeth (for... Read more
Published on 21 April 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money
If you can't say anything nice......
Published on 16 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't whine Metal Heads -- pick up Uncle Chuck's 'Stairway'!
My dad has been carrying around a first edition copy of 'Stairway to Hell' ever since my uncle Chuck Eddy gave it to us. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 1999
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category