Best Guns N' Roses Songs

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Sweet Child O' Mine
Slash solo in this song is one of the best solos I ever listen... It seems there we are flying when he starts the guitar solo... AWESOME... Deserves the first place!
sweet child' o mine is my favourite song and in this song slash is the best
Nice solos, nice melody every thing is brilliant but should be like 2 or 3
[Newest]Best guitar solo+best vocals. One of the best ever songs of rock.
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2November Rain
Sweet Child O' Mine is a fantastic song but November Rain is always something special. It encapsulates a lot of emotions together. 99/100 to November Rain and 95/100 to Sweet Child O' Mine for me.
This song has some of the most beautiful lyrics, and when accompanied by full orchestra and and Elton John-ish piano, it builds to the massive, mesmerizing solo that Slash delivers... One so powerful that it gets your blood racing and puts a smile on your face at the same time.
This is my favorite song of all time. Its combination of a beautiful piano intro, three amazing guitar solos, and excellent lyrics make the nine minutes you will spend listening to it the best nine minutes of your life.
[Newest]The best solo on planet earth.

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3Welcome to the Jungle
This is just freaking classic GnR. It's like a classic. I have to agree with Slashrocks on this one.
appatite for distruction is my favorite album of all time, and this song is right at the top of the PURE ROCK that Guns N' Roses used to be, this is what axle needs to get beck
definite guns n roses, the sappy ballads are ok but gnr was all about the attitude and balls
[Newest]This " IS " the greatest rock song of all time hands down!

4Paradise City
sweet child o mine should be 2nd actually. this track is like a legend. when slash plays the intro, the response is always huge! a great song!
This is the best GNR song ever sweet child of mine is good but we're talking about paradise city here
Welcome to the Jungle and November Rain are both exceptionally awesome songs, but you can listen to Paradise City for 100 times on loop and still wanna listen to it even more! It has got everything!
[Newest]The best song ever... Should be the first

5Knockin' On Heaven's Door
This one should be knocking # 1 position. The very best song of the world.
Dude this song is one of the BEST songs ever!
This song still plays in my head almost every day, you rule...!
[Newest]This should be number one.

6Don't Cry (Original)
here vocals are really impressive with amazing guitar solos
Probably the greatest song ever written. It was a girl that Izzy was going out with that Axl really, really lIked. We've all met one special girl that we won't ever forget, every single one of us; and for Axl, she was it. When Izzy and he girl broke up, Axl asked her out and on their first date, she told him its not going to work out. He just put aside his masculinity for a minuet and started crying, and she told him "don't cry". The next day Axl and Izzy got together and wrote the song in five minuets. Axl has a lot attached to this song, and when he sings it, you can hear that he's giving it his all. He just gives so much when he sings this song, at the very end he sings notes I didn't even know we're humanly possible to sing. He forgets about everything else in the world and just sings. The song is about a woman leaving a man. Gives me chills every time. This song is a true masterpiece and definitely number one on my list.
It's not easy to choose one of this marvelous songs but Don't cry... Touches my soul. Knocking on heaven's door is one of my favourite songs but I'll always be a fan of the original version.
[Newest]Superb lyrics, superb singing, superb guitar work... makes me cry every time I hear it...

Don't listen to the retard who says Estranged is best because there are "more key changes". This song is the best because it is an epic, flawless masterpiece; just listen to the song! Besides, Estranged only changes key once, just like Sweet Child and November Rain!
A long song, but my most listened to song of all time. I love everything about this song, the contrast between the two halves split up by a wonderful piano solo, 4 incredible solos and fine lyrics and voice work from Axl. The band really out did themselves with this absolute gem


Amazing vocals and best guitar solo ever! The most under rated Guns N' Roses song
[Newest]Best piano solo ever.
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8Civil War
I am gonna say nothing its the best must be from the top 3 songs all of the songs up are great but in my opinion civil war is the best. Great guitar. Great singing and lyrics about war and freedom
The best of the best. Excellent Guitar work and matching lyrics, telling a killer story.
The best of gnr... must be number 3 or 5


[Newest]Man how can welcome to the jungle be higher than this one? This song really deserves the third spot...

This should definitely be one of the top 3ôs, if not, at least top 5ôs. Such a great song!
this is one of the best slash is using a acoustic guitar which is what made this song so amazing
hahaha to the comment 'i will fight anyone who doesn't like this song' I shall back you up
[Newest]Absolutely love the whistling.

10You Could Be Mine
From Matt's Solo in the beginning, to Duff's groovy lick before the epic Dual Guitar riff from Slash and Izzy Stradlin to Axl's screeching vocals and throughout the whole song, It gave me goosebumps, because with your bitch slap rapping and your cocaine tongue, you get nothin' done
Nice to see the big 3 from Appetite all in the top 4.
But You Could Be Mine should replace November Rain up there.
This is the best GNR track NOT on Appetite!
Brilliant song! Really gets the blood pumping! You can tell they wrote it around the time of writing all the songs on Appetite and it could easily have been on that album. Terminator 2 was my favourite movie for a long time and it had the added bonus of having this song in it. T2 and You Could Be Mine: the perfect combination!
[Newest]This song is to good for #10 spot should be in the to 5

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Appetite For Destruction was their best album... Guns N' Roses are one of the best bands of music history and this song too...
Definitely my favorite GNR song. It's unfortunate it wasn't more popular...
[Newest]Wow! Both guitars are awesome.

12Rocket Queen
when the sliding solo ends you think what a great hard rock song by gnr but when the bridge comes and the 'i see you standing' part starts you're like wow just wanna stand up and dance like crazy... and then the OUTRO part with the solo... just AMAZING. nothing compares to this one... got to be at top 5
I might be too much but honey you are a b... you're BIT OBSCENE... Tokyo Version on 1992 is wow...
Why is this number twelve? This song is so great! Sickest main riff and bass line. First half is so dirty and wild but the second is romantic and emotional, joined by a tension building bridge that makes you believe that the second part will be the same as the first, but you are suddenly blown away by cleaner guitar and vocals with meaningful lyrics. Slash's solo is really solid too, the list goes on, but that last 2:50 is the most perfect moment in rock and roll history
[Newest]I have to say... This is my favourite song from the Appetite For Destruction album!


13Mr. Brownstone
It has everything, a catchy riff, a good solo and a smart vocals. I love the line: I used to do a little but the little wouldn't do it so that little got more and more. I love it. Everytime I play it on guitar, people love it.
Everyone says that all their songs are about drugs... Well they are but this one is AWESOME! Nobody put my absolute face guns song (out ta get me) but this is #2 because it rocks for being a song all about heroin
Greatest song ever. This is so good, makes me wanna see them live. When I heard it the second time this is so damn nice
[Newest]Great song on appetite for destruction


The last 3 minutes of the song is probably the greatest moment in music history
In my opinion this song could be their best, but definitely top 5. It is so underrated that it's a crime. Once this song begins, its impossible to turn it off because it starts of good and just gets better and better with every second. It really doesn't get much better than this.
have you heard the live version? It's so awesome - sad they only played it a couple of times.
[Newest]This is truly their most underrated song! It's one of their top 5 songs

15Live and Let Die
This is honestly the best song you will ever hear by them, it's touched more people than anyone could imagine
This totally rock music.
They can change a lazy song to the very rock song!
This can be higher than nightrain and Chinese democracy!
This should be top 10!
This has to be in top 10. It's their best song with the most meaningful lyrics. This is what I call rock music
[Newest]The very tone is mind blowing! Definitely. Top 10

16My Michelle
This song is incredible. the lyrics are intense, the guitars are great, the drums are great. Everything is on point. should be in the top 10
I completely love this song in fact its my favorite song by Guns N Roses and its also off of their biggest albums this song is one the best also I really think that this song should be number 1 but for some reason everybody's favorite is Sweet Child O'Mine I do not know why but I prefer for My Michelle to be number 1


Best Guns N' Roses Song ever


17It's So Easy
OK so maybe not Sweet Child, Paradise City, or Welcome to the Jungle but deserves to be higher than 21st
incredible song, amazing vocals, great solo, the end of this number is really the highpoint! Underrated song..
What! This is their best! It's even better than sweet child, paradise city and welcome to the jungle!
[Newest]The meanest Guns song and one of the best from Appetite (their best album, no contest), so it should be much higher

This song is to good for #18 spot should be in top 10

19This I Love
This is for Axl Rose's haters. You guys hate the man who formed this band. Of course Slash cannot be replaced but see what a good job Buckethead and the other guy are doing. Moving on, this song is brilliant and Axl has still got it in him to pump out touching songs. Their new album is not Appetite for Destruction for sure, but it has got a lot in it to pump you up if you guys would just stop thinking about the past! Please listen to this and Shackler's Revenge, Better and a few more songs and you'll realize that G'N'R are still very good!


It will make you cry, if you were denied by your first love!
the best from the new album (chinese democracy) - the solo is simply passionate
[Newest]This is the best sentimental song

20One in a Million
LOVE THIS SONG! The beat to this song is unlike anything in the world... and then the solo at towards the end... BEAUTIFUL! Although the lyrics can be a little racist, you must realize that this is a song and we don't know what axl was truly meaning. Everything is so beautiful, my favorite song PERIOD!
The song is brilliant, if the lyrics were changed in two parts of the song, it would have topped charts. Right or wrong, I admire Axl's resistance to let people tell him he should Or should not say in his music.
By far their best song, only reason it's not further on top is that the lyrics convey a xenophobic mentality.

21Pretty Tied Up

22Don't Damn Me
Best guns n roses song. It has the best lyrics of any of their songs. This should definitely be in the top ten. Along with sweet child, welcome to the jungle, and paradise city and some other great songs. Don't damn me is the best song off use your illusion 1.
Wow... Been a fan of GN'R for almost over two years now and I am ashamed I have never once learned the lyrics properly. The lyrics are so intelligently put together and thought of you could of swore that Axl Rose is a genius... Oh wait he is a GENIUS!

Go listen to this song NOW and make sure you have lyrics at the ready and wait to have your mind BLOWN!
This song in my opinion is the greatest guns and roses song ever made. I think the lyrics are the greatest song lyrics I have ever heard in a song.
[Newest]At least Axel's voice isn't as whiny in this song!

23Used to Love Her
This song is so cleverly written and fun to listen to. I love the stark contrast from the dark lyrics to the breezy, fun (almost relaxing) tone of the music itself.
Only 22nd? Come on guys rate that fabulous song!
Absolutely love this song

24Locomotive (Complicity)
This song is so cool, sort of funk metal kind of thing which works so well in this song. Definitely a top 5 off of UYI II
This song is slightly underrated but I think it was one of the best from the illusions
This is one of the best songs I have ever heard

The most underappreciated of their great "epic" songs, and by far the most cryptic. A seven-minute tour de force of beauty and carnage, euphoria and collapse. Axl's singing was never more impassioned or more moving than on the verses.
After taking a five year hiatus from Guns N' Roses, this song became my favorite. I always liked it, but as I got older, I appreciated how great it is. Should've definitely been more popular than it is.
Definitely one of their top 10 songs. This is a brilliant song, massively underrated, the lyrics and the 'pace' of the song are simply great!

26Back Off Bitch
This song is very underrated! The intro is so cool! On par with welcome to the jungle in my opinion

27Since I Don't Have You
What is this song doing on 20th position. It deserves better! The riffs in this song also the amazing vocals! Damn! They're awesome!
Great song! It should be in top 10.
Great take on a classic song! Slash's solo is insane! All in all, it's a great song you can't take off repeat!

28Garden of Eden
Axl's vocals are amazing and it's not an easy task to sing that way and reach those notes and change keys that quickly
Straight up bad ass rock n roll! Not nearly their most popular song but it has always been my favorite. Great song to get you pumped up!

29Dead Horse
Sick of this life, not that you'd care, I'm not the only one with whome this feelings I shared...
Superb lyrics, great song which deserves to be higher that this poor 54th place :/:/
This one should be a lot higher. At least in top 15.
Great title and lyrics
[Newest]This The Best Song...

30You're Crazy
Fast and raw, that's real rock

31Street of Dreams
If this song was made with the original lineup, everybody would have it in their top 10. I wish all the Axl haters would give Chinese Democracy a chance so they can discover killer tracks like this one.
Best romantic song ever made by Axl Rose and his comrades.
Beautiful musical from chinese democracy.. Deserves to be among the top 10

32Bad Obsession
Love the slide guitar in this song I go through stages of different Guns N' Roses songs. This has been my favourite for about a week. Before that it was Its So Easy

One of the new Guns N' Roses songs pretty good for the new song

This is a great song. Definitely one of the best songs ever written by Guns N' Roses. It's a pity that people disregarded it.

35Cat's in the Cradle
This is not a song by Guns N Roses. Performers of this song are Ugly Kid Joe.

36The Garden
Listen to the lyrics, read them, and then watch the video. While their other songs have been my favorites over the years, now that I am older and better understand the world at large, and see what has come to pass in my generation, and seen the the progression of each member of the band before and since then, I've realized the caution of this song.

In my opinion it is one of the most honest songs Guns N' Roses ever created, whether or not they knew it at the time. Combine that honesty with the aggressive but beautiful melody, throw in menacing Alice Cooper (who I have never known to collaborate on lame projects) to counter Axl's (soothing! ) tones, and all becomes clear. I don't know any other song that demonstrates such duality, such "A Crazy Man's Utopia" that didn't send a mixed message, in the "The Garden" the message becomes clear.

Such is the genius of this song.

I am sure you will disagree... In response I quote the song: "If you're lost no one can show ya... But it sure was glad to know ya! "
Good lyrics featuring alice cooper. Heavy guitar solo in the middle. Love it.
This song is way better than Sweet Child O'Mine by far. Amazing song good solo by slash good vocals from Alice Cooper and Axl Rose love it! This is the real best Guns N' Roses song, if you listen to it you will realise how dumb you are for voting on sweet child o'mine

37Double Talkin' Jive
I love that song should be way higher, when SLASH plays it on live... I mean... one of his best live solo
I don;t know which song would be the best, but this is definitely one of them.

3814 Years
14 Years was written and performed by the great Izzy Stradlin, I personally think he carried the blues and soul of Guns N Roses. All the songs he composed were the reason why Guns N' Roses existed in the first place. Sad to say but when Izzy left after finishing Illusions 1 and 2, this is where Guns N' Roses started to lose its place..
Its been 14 years of silence its been 14 years of pain its been 14 years that are gone forever and I'll never have again
Izzy Stradlin's voice is great, really great. He should have performed more songs along with Axl. Too bas he left Guns N' Roses after UYR :/
[Newest]14 years that are gone and I'll never have again

39Down on the Farm
Agreed, a brilliant cover. Axl almost sings it with a British accent.

40Perfect Crime
Perfect crime gives you wings

41Shotgun Blues
Great song and really underrated!

42You Ain't the First
I love this song, so underrated and from the moment duff counts the song in you know its gonna be a classic. Amazing acoustic guitars, maybe not as good as sweet child or paradise city but should be much much higher up
To The Bar! Love it!

43Anything Goes
Great! I could listen to it 200 times!

Can't describe it any better.

44It's Alright
Live Era, can't believe its not on there, I practically cried in this song. Truly the best.

45Right Next Door to Hell
The most kickass song of UYI
One of the most epic and recognizable guitar solos ever! And with axl screaming you bitch in the background, it can't get any better.

46Don't Cry (Alternate Lyrics)
Guys this is the best song ever
What an amazing song!
This version is better thar the original lyrics

47Human Being
Why are you voting only the most known songs? Many people have forgotten about The spaghetti incident? Its totally different, but it rocks and should be in top 10

48New Rose

49Catcher In the Rye
So underrated. Should be way higher up. Great lyrics, great melody. And I love the book too.
My favorite song from Chinese Democracy. The highlight of this tune is the last minute and a half. This song is right there with the old Guns n Roses tracks. Killer, killer song!

50The Godfather Theme
Slash play this on concert,
Cool solo
Its one of the best instrumentals I've ever heard... Its deserves a spot in top 15.

51Think About You
There are so many awesome songs on the first record, but for me this was always the favorite. Straight rock vibe, great chorus, incredible outro. This was really the best summary of the band for me, more so than their hit songs.
How is this so low, at least top 10 worthy.
Why is this so low? This is my second-favorite song on appetite, right behind 'Rocket Queen'. This should be in the top ten, at least.

52If The World
First time I heard this song was from the movie Blood Diamond. I thought that had to be Guns N' Roses... Even though it was such a different sound from what I was used to. Awesome groove! Too many fans didn't give Chinese Democracy a chance--and that's too bad because they're missing out on killer songs like this one.


I can't believe how long this song is. I suppose some gunners are just in complete denial and won't bother to give Chinese a chance. Just remember it happened with UYI as well. I'm still wrapping my head around that bad boy!
Outstanding song. Great band
Another killer song from Chinese Democracy. When this song was leaked, I realized that C.D. was gonna be a legit Guns N' Roses album.

55Move to the City
Admit it people this song ain't a single but it deserves number 1, a 1986 classic.

56Reckless Life

57Bad Apples

58So Fine
Wonderful song, must be inserted in top 10 absolutely!
Great vocal duet Axl - Duff
Great melodic solo by Slash
Excelent song should be way up

59Out Ta Get Me
One of the best songs of them, it¬'s not the best but should be definitely in the top ten!

How is this amazing song not any higher I was expecting this song to be in the top ten at least but it's so low, seriously this song is awesome, I have a brother who hates guns n roses ( he's an idiot ) any way I showed him this song and he LOVED IT
One of their best songs. I just can't stop listening to it! Axl Rose again is incredible. Well, I can say all of them are just unstoppable.
Great song, stacks up well with their classics both in terms of lyrics and musicianship.
[Newest]One of the best songs I have heard from them, should be a lot higher!

61Sympathy for the Devil
Written by Mick Jagger, it's just a cover, they only did it for Interview with the vampire, so what? It's great, and that's all that matters.
Come on this song should be at least 8
Love Guns n Roses but I love this cover and it just wins over their other songs

62Hair of the Dog

63Dust N' Bones
People, really? The songs on the Illusion albums that star Izzy as the lead singer are some of the best songs on the albums. Why isn't this higher?
The beginning is quite cool.
This is my favorite Guns N' Roses song ever! Izzy's vocals are amazing here and so are axl's mindblowing backing vocals, and the the music is incredible it makes you move your body without realizing it

64There Was a Time
Chinese's answer to November Rain or Estranged.. And in my view, just as good :D Axl is a genius
Excellent tune... One of the best from Chinese Democracy. If Guns N' Roses had another greatest hits album, this song should be included.
One of their best, regardless of when it was released. Lots of people hate because the rest of the band is not with Axl, but it doesn't matter. This is still classic Guns N' Roses!
[Newest]I feel like this is an extension of the November Rain - Estranged story line.

65Ain't It Fun
Awesome intro though it's a covered song.. Still Guns N' Roses rocks this one.. This doesn't have the quality of sweet child of mine or november rain but it still had slash rocking in the guitar.. Good One.. !
Yes, it's a cover song but that is so good. Isn't?
"Ain't it fun when you know that you gonna die young."
Such fun to listen to this track. Shocked to see it so low on the list.

66Get In the Ring
Those lyrics and that sweet charisma that Slash plays with brings a smile to my face anytime.

67Shackler's Revenge
Surprisingly brilliant song and MADDENINGLY AWESOME CHORUS! Guns and roses still have the ability to put out such wonderful tracks. Guns and roses are not dead, and they will never be, if they continue making such songs. Axl's singing is reminiscent of Welcome To The Jungle, but seriously, the chorus is the best Guns N' Roses chorus by a mile!
THe only song on the new album that I can listen to. It is amazing how Axl was able to sing with different voices. Overall, The best of the new Guns N' Roses.
one of their newest songs amazing singing by axl
[Newest]62? This is a great song deserves way better!

68My World
I think "My World" was actually intended to wrap-up Use Your Illusion II instead of being intended as a real song, but after the classic GN'R lineup seperated, this song was remixed with some mean, mind blowing, and mentally unstable guitar from Slash's replacement guitarist at the time, Buckethead. I normally don't care for remixed versions of songs, but I think Buckethead saved My World and made it better as a song.
This song was a mistake. I believe Axl wanted to show us a window into his life. If this is his world, then I feel bad for him, cus it can't be worse than this "song"

69Riad N' the Bedouins
So violent and raw, it's great

Ask yourself why I should choose
To prostitute myself
To live with fortune and shame.

Guess that one was to Slash

I'm a great Guns N' Roses fan, and this one is a hidden treasure.
Best song on Chinese Democracy and top 5 Guns N' Roses song in my opinion.
Haha, 69th place + song title

71Chinese Democracy
Love love love this song should be much much higher up the list great guitar solo great singing guitar bass and drumming


Love this song please vote this one up should be number 11 amazing guitar solo bass drum and singing
Should be Number 11 a great new song very good guitar and drum opening love the singing this album took 14 years to make
[Newest]Very good song. Chinese Democracy can't be the same without the song of the same name. AMAZING

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