Best Guns N' Roses Songs

The Top Ten

1 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

It's a really hard decision because Gun N' Roses has so many great songs, but ultimately this song is my favorite. - SirSheep

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2 November 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.

I'm not a big fan of this band, but this song really blows my mind. The guitar solo and especially the twist if the mood at the end. Great song! If people think this song is bad, that's their problem.

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3 Welcome 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

Slash did an amazing job on the opening riff. the way it builds into the classic, headbanging main riff is awesome. the greatest Guns N' Roses song by far

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4 Paradise 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!

Most energetic Guns N' Roses song.

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5 Estranged

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 - kevinmurphy

Amazing vocals and best guitar solo ever! The most under rated Guns N' Roses song

In my humble opinion, this one is One of the greatest record in music industry.

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6 Knockin' 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...!

Not like bob dylan version,Guns N' Roses version is heavily modified, And It's the best,I saw a comment someone asking "Its bob dylan song,Why is it here".Okay,Even though "I will always love you" song is covered by Whitney Houston, Its her best song,Even though Song "Hurt" is covered by Johnny Cash,Its his best song.And "All along the watchtower" covered by Jimi hendrix,But its his best song,And I think its same for Guns n roses,Cover song can be the best than the original

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7 Civil 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 - blackredcapolista

Every song currently ranked above this one is excellent (Sweet, Rain, Jungle, Paradise, Estranged, Heaven's), but when you want the BEST Guns N' Roses Song, it has to be this one, which is brilliant in so many ways.

It opens with the "Captain"/warden's quote from Cool Hand Luke about "failure to communicate" - which is the cause of all arguments, fights, & by extension, wars. Before the quote is finished, Axl begins whistling "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" - expressing a longing for the war to be over, even before the war has been introduced. Then Axl calmly describes the scenes of war - men fighting & dying, as always, and the hate it breeds - his anger builds until it erupts in his voice. From then on, it is a battle between the anger and the [false] calm in his voice. The descriptions of soldiers as a "human grocery store" & how war "feeds the rich while it buries the poor" are perfect & always applicable. The final line sums up the ironies of the song & it's [oxymoronic] ...more

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8 Don't Cry (Original)

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.

Here vocals are really impressive with amazing guitar solos

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.

Even if you're not a Guns N' Roses fan. You would like this song. - Userguy44

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9 You 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!

Kick. Arse. - truckturner

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10 Patience

This should definitely be one of the top 3�s, if not, at least top 5�s. 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

WHAT TIMELESS EMOTIONS BROUGHT OUT BY THIS SONG...AN EPIC GROUP FOR ALL OF THE WORLD TO HEAR..AND I AM SURE THEY HAVE..PJ

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The Contenders

11 Nightrain

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...

Under appreciated song from Guns N' Roses. This song incorporates everything that makes G N' ARE a legendary band. It was the filthy hard sounding guitar and Axl's incredible voice. It has the raging solo's, and holds up with Welcome To The Jungle as one of the best sounding songs of G N' R. It's sad that this song is often overlooked by the public.

Easily their best song

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12 Mr. 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

How the hell is November Rain above this, sure it has a nice guitar solo but that's it! This isn't the best but probably my 5th favorite song by them.

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13 Rocket 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

Should be top 10

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14 Coma

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.

This song immediately grabs you tight and doesn't release you until the whole song is finished. Although it is 10 minutes long there is no moment it gets boring. I've always liked the combination of Axl Rose's voice and Slash' guitar skills, and this is one of the songs that shows me why.

The strikes. The hospital sound effects. The way Axl's growl and Slash's riffs hits you like a bat and makes you shake your head. It's insane that this song isn't in the top 10.

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15 My Michelle

YOUR DADDY WORKS IN PORNO, NOW THAT MOMMYS NOT AROUND!
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

Best Guns N' Roses Song ever - kylebuschfan18

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 - michaelwalton

I love this song so much I think it is by far one of their best - rowdyfan0629

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16 Live 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!

Not as good as the original, but a nice take on it. Sir Paul McCartney's versions not perfect either, I wish there was a version that was across between them.

The rhythm of this song just make me wanna fly! Not the best, but a very very good single of this loved band

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17 It'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!

Amazing vocal harmonies by duff and arguably one of his best bass performances

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18 Yesterdays

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

It's a beautiful song, very meaningful for me. I wonder why its in the 18th place.

Great well written song mainly by Wes Arkeen (RIP), lyrics full of meaning

19 Pretty Tied Up

Love listening to this, high volume in the car - my guilty pleasure!

Too fun and too rock n' roll. :3

Mindblowing song. Very catchy, changes tempo multiple times effortlessly. Underrated song.

good

20 One 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.

He's not literal when he makes those racist statements

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21 Used 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.

Funny song when you don't take it seriously like I did when I first listened to it and was like, "What is this?! " Kinda the song you wanna dedicate to your girlfriend sometimes.

Only 22nd? Come on guys rate that fabulous song!

My favorite!

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22 Breakdown

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.

One of the most underrated songs ever. This should be in the top ten, at least.

You're KIDDING, right? RIGHT? - SlinkCreator552

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23 Locomotive (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

JESUS CHRIST STOP WITH SWEET CHILD O MINE! I used to listen to guns n roses a lot but I can't anymore people have ruined their music for me. I don't think this is their BEST song but it is at the very least top 10 probably top 5. Get over sweet child o mine and november rain there's better songs like locomotive, coma, nightrain, breakdown, rocket queen, etc.

Locomotive has unbelivable guitar and vocals arrangements (axl sung three octaves in most of the song) and the best outro ever.

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24 Since 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!

I thought I would find it in the top 3

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25 Out Ta Get Me

Out ta Get Me and Nightrain were there most underrated songs! Sweet Child O' Mine was good but extremely overrated. November Rain was overrated, I thought it sucked to begin with!

One of the best songs of them, it�'s not the best but should be definitely in the top ten!

This Is One of their most underrated songs, along with Nightrain. - Disturbedpotato

My top ten would look like this
1. Nightrain
2. Out ta Get Me
3. Welcome to the Jungle
4. Paradise City
5. Mr. Brownstone
6. It's so Easy
7. Sweet Child O' Mine
8. My Michelle
9. Rocket Queen
10. Estranged

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26 Shadow Of Your Love

An Awesome fast-paced masterpiece! I wish they included it in Appetite For Destruction back when it was released.

best

27 Sympathy 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

I like this version much better then the original.

Anton LaVey's song

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28 Garden of Eden

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!

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

The Four Horsemen sounds like this.

THIS SONG IS SO UNDERRATED! One of my favorites for sure. Pure Rock n' Roll!

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29 14 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

This song should be higher in the list. Great vocals from Stradlin, a very catchy and sweet song.

29? Seriously?! Izzy Stradlin sounds AMAZING!

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30 Street 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.

I find this song a little bit basic and kind of a transition through the songs before and after it on Democracy. Nice song, but not my favorite.

Best romantic song ever made by Axl Rose and his comrades.

Brilliance

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31 Back Off Bitch

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

SONG rocks! This is rock n roll. I've thought of my ex's more than once while listening to this song.

32 Don't Cry (Alternate Lyrics)

Sad, and kind of disappointing that they chose to put it with Don't Cry's chores, the songs are completely different.

This version is so much better than the original.

Guys this is the best song ever

The Best Version

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33 Sorry

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

A bit boring, but well written.

34 You're Crazy

Fast and raw, that's real rock

so good

35 The 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 ...more

I had no idea this was Alice Cooper singing! Cool song, but the guitar solos start to bore me after a while. The fade out I didn't like either. Lyrics and vocals are great though. It should be higher on the list for sure.

Good lyrics featuring alice cooper. Heavy guitar solo in the middle. Love it.

Most underrated songs of all

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36 Better

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.

Best song on an album full of bad songs. This is one of the best.

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37 Shackler'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

Catchy guitars, one of the only songs on the album that sound like old GN'R.

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38 Prostitute

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

39 Don't Cry

Just fantastic. One of the timeless Guns n Roses songs that you could listen to 24/7

40 Human 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

Such an underrated song from such and underrated album - GuyInANateGrinder

I really do like this song.

41 I.R.S.

Very catchy, the vocals kind of get to you and you have to use the lyric sheet to see what he's saying.

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.

42 Think 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.

Why is a song from appetite this low? Every song in this album is a masterpiece

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43 Move to the City

Admit it people this song ain't a single but it deserves number 1, a 1986 classic.

44 Cat's in the Cradle

This is not a song by Guns N Roses. Performers of this song are Ugly Kid Joe.

45 Madagascar

BEST Guns N' Roses SONG EVER

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.

46 You 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!

love it

47 Perfect Crime

What? This should be on top 20, at least! Very, very underrated song.

Very rocking! - Silent_genius

Perfect crime gives you wings

48 Shotgun Blues

Great song and really underrated!

AMAZING

49 Catcher 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!

Just had to vote as by far best song on Chinese democracy.

50 Right Next Door to Hell

The composition of For Whom The Bell Tolls found itself on this song and Welcome To The Jungle

ROCKING AWESOME SONG! This really should be higher.

0:00-0:05 sounds like "The God That Failed".

Straight up, badass rock n roll! Killer riff and overall killer song!

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