Best Guns N' Roses Songs

The Top Ten

1 Sweet Child O' Mine 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

This is one of the only songs I have ever listen to that brings out genuine emotion in me. Every time I listen to it, I feel as though I'm going to cry. To me at least, it is an absolute masterpiece; a song I can connect to from my very soul

2 November Rain 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.


3 Welcome to the Jungle 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

Probably the best post-Zeppelin rock song ever

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!

By far this is my favorite song by them It's just a feel good song and I listen to this every time I get home from school It's so good.

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 song, very long and I can never get enough of it

Such good guitar solos and piano solos

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...!

Best song ever with a tremendous solo!

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

Should be in the top 3 at least

The best of the best. Excellent Guitar work and matching lyrics, telling a killer story.

This 8 minute masterpiece is the opening track on Use Your Illusion 2, and is in my opinion better than some of the other brilliant songs on there, such as Yesterdays, Knocking on Heavens Door, Estranged and You Could Be Mine. The guitar, lyrics, verses, piano, vocals, meaning, chorus and length is all perfect and it results in what is their best song for me, just ahead of Sweet Child of Mine, Nightrain, Paradise City, Welcome to the Jungle and Rocket Queen

8 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

9 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.

Great song. One of the greatest songs of all times. When I listen to it, the hair of my hands stands up.

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

Patience is a beautiful song, it should be in the top three because of guitar and vocals, I think guns n roses did there best on this song, one of the best ballads of all time

this song should definitely be in the top ten! If not top three, but number nine, not good enough and yeah sweet child o mine is good, but Patience is better


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...

Best song everr

How in the hell is this not in top 10? This track DEFINES Guns N' Roses. Everything about it screams Guns, and Slash's guitar work is phenomenal period. In fact I think this is his one of his favorite songs to perform.

Definitely my favorite GNR song. It's unfortunate it wasn't more popular...

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

One of my favourites! - V4noM

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

Best song off Appetite

14 Coma

The last 3 minutes of the song is probably the greatest moment in music history

Honestly the greatest Guns N' Roses song and the second greatest song ever behind One - lilrocketman

10 minutes of GOLD

One of their best - V4noM

15 Live and Let Die

I thought this was a slow song (which I don't like slow songs, I love the fast metal or anything else fast.) Then I heard it on radio and I start head banging. LOL SO GOOD!

This song is to underrated

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

This is honestly the best song you will ever hear by them, it's touched more people than anyone could imagine

16 My Michelle

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

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

SO UNDErrated! From the first riff this song is in your face with its hard lyrics and guitar work! Amazing

Best Guns N' Roses Song ever - kylebuschfan18

17 Yesterdays

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

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.

18 It's So Easy

Definitely needs to be has pure Gn'R spirit in itself

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!

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.


20 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!

Pretty little tongue in cheek ditty. Even my kids sing along to this one!

21 One in a Million

I can't say it is my favourite Roses but I do really like the song but I would like to put it out there that yeah the song's racist and homophobic but Axl has said he is not racist and that he had had bad experiences with gay people and that it is merely his artistic views and I mean seriously I'm 15, I should be vegan and protesting against anything that is even slightly un 'PC' but to be honest I love this song and I think it's a good tune so I don't know why all that people see in this song is the N-word and a homophobic slurr. Just lay of it. It ain't that bad.

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!

I love this song. I think it’s supposed to be a satire of modern day America meant to stir up controversy and it sure as hell did!

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.

22 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!

Amazing and Romantic song

23 14 Years

29? Seriously?! Izzy Stradlin sounds AMAZING!

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.

24 Locomotive (Complicity)

This song is good! And Axl's vocals are funny! - Userguy44

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.

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

25 Don't Cry

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

26 Get in the Ring

Those lyrics and that sweet charisma that Slash plays with brings a smile to my face anytime.

66th?! Song rocks from start to finish and displays entire Guns N' Roses repertoire of incredible rhythm, power chords, guitar solos and, most of all, in-your-face-attitude.

Very catchy song ever

27 Shadow Of Your Love

Awesome guitar riffs and lyrics. This song rocks! - Userguy44

Look out for Shadow of Your Love, this track'll kick you in the nuts.

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


28 Out Ta Get Me

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

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!

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

The song that makes you wanna go out and start a riot (which it did several times). Probably my 3rd or 4th favorite song by them.

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29 Prostitute

The song that better describe the album and evolution of axl rose

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

30 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!

31 Back Off Bitch

10/10 Badass and underrated

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 Street of Dreams

Give this song and album a chance it's amazing!

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.

33 Don't Cry (Alternate Lyrics)

The Best Version

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

34 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.

Should be at least top 5. - Narayan1

35 Sorry

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

A bit boring, but well written.

36 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

Sweet god! What a song!

37 Perfect Crime

Very rocking! - Silent_genius

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

Perfect crime gives you wings

38 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.

39 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.

40 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.

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

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.

41 Ain'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..!

This song is on the Greatest Hits album for a reason. It's bloody amazing. SUCH FUN

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.

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42 Move to the City

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

43 Double Talkin' Jive

I love that song should be way higher, when SLASH plays it on live... I mean... one of his best live solo

This should be way higher what - Leofeldman91

I don;t know which song would be the best, but this is definitely one of them.

The "Creeping Death" of Guns N Roses

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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


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 It's Alright

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

48 Shotgun Blues


Great song and really underrated!

49 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.

This song is incredible

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

50 Catcher In the Rye

So underrated. Should be way higher up. Great lyrics, great melody. And I love the book too.

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

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!

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