Top 10 Best Guns N' Roses Songs

Known for their hard-hitting, guitar-driven sound and the distinctive vocal stylings of frontman Axl Rose, Guns N' Roses has been entertaining audiences for over three decades. Their music has been covered by countless artists, and their influence can be heard in everything from heavy metal to grunge to modern-day rock.

Despite some lineup changes over the years, Guns N' Roses has remained a mainstay in the rock world, and their catalog of songs is as impressive as it is extensive. From the opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" to the haunting closing chords of "Don't Cry," each of their songs has something unique to offer listeners. Whether you're looking for a head-banging anthem or a soulful ballad, Guns N' Roses has got you covered.
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!

Yes, the guitar solo is better in 'November Rain' but the rest of the song (including the intro and the end) are definitely better here. So, on the whole, this one MIGHT just win over 'November Rain' according to my opinion.

These 2 songs are total classics, reasons enough for you to recommend this band first to anyone who doesn't listen to rock music.

They are made up of the Greatest Vocalist of all time, two of the greatest guitarists of all time, the best bass player in the world and the most awesome drummer ever. And when these five men played together, the earth stopped moving and everyone stared in awe.

This song is the ICON for Guns N' Roses in our country... When I listen to this song So much old memories I remember with my wife. Shes 4 years younger than me. I love this song this will last forever. And I'm planning to name my son after AXL ROSE. Thanks guys vote this one! Cheers!

2 November Rain

This song is amazing. The way it gives a rocky and emotional feel at the same time is just beyond words. I might put it closer to 3 though instead of 2.

Before I heard this song, I laughed when people said it had the best outro ever. I thought Happy Together had the best outro. Nevertheless I ended up listening to November Rain to hear this outro everyone talked about. It was a long song, but I felt as though it used its runtime perfectly. There were 2 good guitar solo's I liked, and then all of a sudden the chords change. Everything changes. It's just like the movie Se7en, and it made the entire song epic. It is one of my favorite songs, and I'll never forget how caught off guard I get when the outro starts.

Sweet Child O' Mine and November Rain are both great songs, but for me November Rain edges Sweet Child O' Mine out just by a bit. November rain in my opinion is one of the most beautiful song ever made. Beautiful lyrics, nice piano work, a great orchestra sound, and great build up. Goes from a beautiful rock ballad to a great solo by Slash and finish is a powerful way. These are some of the reasons why for me November Rain is slightly better then Sweet Child O' Mine. November Rain is just the perfect Ballad.

The most meaningful, powerful, moving and touching song of any band to date. Truly an unparalleled masterpiece. Perfect to listen to with a loved one, with friends, alone, before a big game, when you're down or in any setting really. It carries its own significance to each listener, and let's not forget the guitar solos. Mesmerizing and inspiring whether played on a guitar, piano, even a clarinet. History was made when this song came out.

3 Welcome to the Jungle

This song is amazing! Don't get me wrong, I love November Rain, but I think it should be 3 and this belongs at 2. This and Sweet Child O' Mine are the best Guns N' Roses songs ever in my opinion.

Okay... How in the world can November Rain be higher than this?! Sure November Rain is a great song, but Slash really blows me away in this one. In November Rain he just has one big solo. In Welcome to the Jungle it's a nonstop ear-blistering shred coming of his guitar. Axel Rose does a much better vocal job on this one too. Definitely needs to be NUMBER TWO!

I can't think of a better song to encapsulate all of Appetite, Guns and Roses and the entire genre of rock than this. Its got everything: a great intro that gives way to a killer riff, a quiet sort of part in the middle that leads into a solo, and one of the most tense bridges I have ever heard. This is where the worlds most dangerous band began.

Totally better than Sweet Child... This one actually rocks and it rocks hard! Love that riff and Axl's vocal talent comes through here unlike other Guns N' Roses songs... Just you TRY to sing this song well. The interlude part in the middle with "You know where you are? You're in the jungle baby! " is indescribable

4 Paradise City

This song is the best Guns N' Roses tune of all time. The intro soothes you and then out of nowhere its suddenly time to rock. Then if that wasn't enough the speed picks up 3 quarters through and if you can stay sane then then you are not a rock fan. This song ROCKS. End of story.

Really hard to choose between Sweet Child O' Mine and this song. I think Sweet Child O' Mine is more beautiful with it's chords, but Paradise City seems to tickle my musical spine just a little more today. Another day maybe Sweet Child O' Mine is the one I would like more.

This song is everything! I love every song from Guns N' Roses! But this is just too awesome! I know this band since I'm 3 or 4 years old and paradise city was and is always my favorite song! But I really love every song of Guns N' Roses!

This song has every thing the best solo no kidding the best riff BY FAR and nothing could beat it except Welcome to the Jungle, November Rain, and Sweet Child O' Mine even so this is and always will be my favorite song ever.

5 Estranged

I am gonna go for this one because this is their masterpiece. November rain too is good but way too commercial it's a shame. This one is much more personal reflective and meaningful. You could be mine is my favorite 'hard' number. Don't cry (original) my favorite ballad coma is amazing and civil war despite its country feel one of their most passionate moments but overall estranged is still the most creative piece. A stroke of genius for axl and his band.

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!

Estranged is not only Guns N' Roses's best song by far, but it is also one of the best rock songs ever made.
Axl singing as much as Slash's guitar are the best in this song.
I don't know how you can vote "welcome to the jungle" before it... As great as "welcome to the jungle is", it is not very special in the heavy metal scene...

Have you ever really listened to this song? To me, this is just the best song ever. How can anyone who ever really listened to this song vote any other song in front of it? I absolutely love the changes of mood in "Estranged" and the build up until the relief of emotions. This is just "the song".

6 Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Great remake of an older song, great vocal, amazing guitar (slash is a genius). I would say it's a tie between this song and November rain for # 1.

This one should be knocking # 1 position. The very best song of the world.

One of my favourites songs of all time.. It has amazing lyrics.. And I'm not even starting about the guitar pieces! One of the best bands that ever existed!

It's better than the original version! When I first started listening to Guns and Roses this was my favorite song.

7 Civil War

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

I know, people know Guns N' Roses from Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine and November Rain. Estranged is their masterpiece and Don't Cry is beautiful. But if you ask for my favorite, I'll choose Civil War. I love the whole song from speech, intro, verse, bridge, solo, outro, and Axl's question in the end. It's a meaningful and graceful song.

This is the last TRUE GN'R song! The best era of the band was by far the original 5 guys and they saved the best for last with this one. Amazing from start to finish. Hooks you in with a mellow intro and then gradually builds up into a big rocking outro. I've listened to this song thousands of times and still love every single second of it!

Great lyrics, amazing guitar, killer bass (at parts) ;just a sweet song. Sweet child o 'mine, welcome to the jungle, knockin' on heavens door and especially paradise city are totally overplayed. November rain is great but too mild and doesn't represent g n' R. Civil war should be #1!

8 You Could Be Mine

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!

Definitely. My favorite, it hits so hard, love the guitar work. Solo is so epic, and the fact that it was used in one of the biggest badass movies with the biggest badass, Arnold, only adds to its greatness.

For me, this is number one. Second best is Welcome To The Jungle. I can't decide after that. Maybe Don't Cry (Original or Alternate) It's a hard decision. Or in the words of Axl himself. It's a bad obsession haha!

I just like it. It's intense, raw, everything Guns N' Roses should ever be. To make it even better, was the soundtrack of one of the greatest action movies of all time! Axl and Arnie forever!

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.

I listened to this song one particular day. It was when a girl I loved so much told me that she liked another man... Well, I was shocked... I turned up the radio, and who was on? You're right: Guns N' Roses! I did know some songs of Guns N' Roses, but not this: then I discovered what it meant to Axl Rose and, also, to me... It helped me to go beyond that horrible moment

One of the greatest songs ever made. Personally, it's my favorite. Guns N' Roses are one of the best bands, they have so many amazing songs... They're also my favorite band... But this song is special to me... Axl's voice... Slash's amazing solos... JUST PERFECT.

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.

10 Patience

This song is a good song, don't get me wrong, but it became my all time favorite seeing it live in Tokyo in 1992. The live version is on YouTube, and Tokyo 1992 is by far Guns n' Roses' best live performance. I encourage you to watch the version that includes Gilby Clarke and Slash performing Wild Horses right before Patience. All in all, Guns n' Roses' best song!

Definitely top 5. I absolutely loved it when it first came out, then I got a bit sick of it because it was played out so I stopped listening to it. After avoiding it for a few years, I learned to appreciate it even more than I used to. Now I can play it on repeat and never get sick of it again. Perfection.

I was gonna pick November Rain but I was forced to pick Patience when I seen it was only 9th! One of the best acoustic songs of all time with the likes of Wish You Were Here and Hotel California. A definite top 5 place required for this song.

The whistling in this song along with the acoustic guitar melody is unreal! Is definitely one of the best Guns 'N Roses songs of all time up there with Sweet Child 'O Mine for sure!

The Contenders
11 Nightrain

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.

In my opinion Nightrain, Out ta Get Me, and Welcome to the Jungle were their 3 best songs.
Sweet Child O' Mine is a good ballet but is overrated and is overplayed. Guns N' Roses is all about cool heavy hard rock songs. November Rain is extremely overrated it sucks in my opinion. Nightrain deserves to be #1!

Second favorite song on Appetite, which definitely puts it in the top 10. It's pure kick-ass rock. I F-in miss songs like this that are so damn good that they always put me in a good mood. I'll probably never get the same excitement I got from Appetite... Ever again. It's a damn shame.

This song will make me happy on the saddest of days. One of the best Guns N' Roses songs ever. Solo comes in quicker than expected but it is really better that way. Appetite for destruction just shows how good an album it is and Guns N' Roses shows how good a bang it is. M/

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. Every time I play it on guitar, people love it.

Very underrated song from them, the kind of song that just makes you feel like 'F yeah not a care in the world. Vocals aren't fantastic in the song but with great riff backing it up, good work from Adler on the drums and Duffs bass.

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

It mixes a bo-diddly riff with power chords and a picked bass line. It's powerful but not grungy, bemoaning but not defeated. This is the greatest rock 'n roll song of all time.

13 Rocket Queen

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

I like most of their songs, but I love how the lyrics are very cocky in the beginning and all of a sudden turns into a proclamation of friendship. Such great singing as well. Not very fond of the solo or the riffs, but I love Duffs bassline. I especially love the Tokyo version with the rap, because Axl is crazy good. Other favorites are Come, Mr. Brownstone, all versions of You're Crazy and Don't damn me, but if I have to choose one, it's this one.

Amazing song. Its like 3 great songs in one - and that is Rocket Queen. Great intro, its cool kick that makes you King of the Street, awesome bridge that makes you think of your Girlfriend and last but not least - Outro with outstanding guitar solo! Still do NOT get it, why was it not put to the Greatest Hits CD...

The most underrated song on the list. One of the finest bass lines and riffs ever. Rocking first half, a great solo in the middle and an AMAZING second half, the outro is unreal and just such a catchy song that you can listen to over and over again.

14 Coma

This by far is one of their best songs ever. This song deseves at least top 5. It has an amazing intro. "See you caught me in a coma" Then, the end is legendary. Sure it's not Paradise City or Sweet Child of Mine. Those are great songs. I just think this song is kinda underrated for how great it is. There is NO part in this song that is boring even though it is 10 minutes long.

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.

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.

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.

15 Live and Let Die

This is the Guns N' Roses song. They are good writers, but combining Paul McCarney, possibly the greatest of all time, and classic Guns N' Roses musicianship, you get a classic.
1: Live And Let Die
2: Welcome To The Jungle
3: November Rain
4: Paradise City
5: Sweet Child O' Mine

Slash is so amazing!

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.

This has to be in top 10. It's their best song with the most meaningful lyrics. This is what I call rock music

16 My Michelle

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

This song is so raw and brutal with a killer opening and great lyrics, absolutlz love it.

I love the intro and the emotional parte right After the second refrain.

It describes tragedy. I love this song.

17 It's So Easy

My personal favorite Guns N' Roses song. I love the bass line, as well as the way Axl's singing. Guitar parts rock too. It's done perfectly. Wish it could be a bit longer though, although who knows, that could have ruined it. The mean lyrics kick ass, especially the second verse. I think it would be a good opener actually. But definitely is right next to Jungle in best songs ever.

This is song 13 in my Guns N' Roses top 10. every time I hear a Guns song, I say that one is in my top 10... But then I realize I have 25 songs in my top 10. Great, great song.

What! This is their best! It's even better than sweet child, paradise city and welcome to the jungle!

Such an amazing song. True Guns N's Roses. Couldn't beat it with a very large stick.

18 Yesterdays

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

19 Don't Cry

My absolute love. Favorite Song. Helps me go through all the difficult moments.

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.

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

The best song. Incredible in the 58! Laugh out loud. No comment.

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

21 Pretty Tied Up

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

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

22 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.

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!

Even though Stradlin and Slash don't really play all that well on this song (espacially Stradlin) and it ia said tk be racist (I think Rose tried tk put himself into the position of a racist, I dunno, he did something strange) it deserves top 15.

23 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 take on a classic song! Slash's solo is insane! All in all, it's a great song you can't take off repeat!

This deserves to be in at least top 5!

Great song! It should be in top 10.

24 Garden of Eden

Inundertable lyrics.
Fast rhythim.
One Take video.
Kick ass solo.

Is not the best, but it have his strong point.

The Four Horsemen sounds like this.

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!

25 Shadow Of Your Love

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

Awesome guitar riffs and lyrics. This song rocks!

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

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