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November 18th, 2004
GN'R on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time list
GN'R had three songs on Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Of All Time" list. The list was compiled by collecting votes from singers, musicians, producers, industry figures, critics and songwriters. Slash was one of the people who voted.

Here are the GN'R mentions:

196 24 weeks; #1
Sweet Child O' Mine
Written by Guns N' Roses
Produced by Mike Clink
Released on Aug '87 on Geffen

In the midst of an album full of songs about cheap drugs and cheaper sex came Axl Rose's love letter to his girlfriend, Erin Everly (daughter of Don Everly). Slash has said he was just "fucking around with the intro riff, making a joke"; neither he nor the rest of the band thought much of it, but Rose knew better. Rose and Everly were later married - for all of one month.

Appears on Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)

453 17 weeks; #5
Paradise City
Written by Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Slash, Steven Adler
Produced by Mike Clink
Released on Aug '87 on Geffen

"Paradise City" elevated Axl and Slash to rock's Mount Olympus. For nearly seven minutes, they expound on the joys of green grass, pretty girls and toxic chemicals. In a typically tasteful GN'R move, the video features footage of the band's 1988 gig at Castle Donington in the U.K. - where two fans were crushed to death.

Appears on Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)

467 17 weeks; #7
Welcome To The Jungle
Written by Guns N' Roses
Produced by Mike Clink
Released on Aug '87 on Geffen

In which GN'R beckoned listeners into their sordid Hollywood milieu. Guns' five-year reign as the globe's biggest rock band begins here.

Appears on Appetite For Destruction (Geffen)


The Top 10:

1. Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone"
2. The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
3. John Lennon "Imagine"
4. Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"
5. Aretha Franklin "Respect"
6. The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"
7. Chuck Berry "Johnny B. Goode"
8. The Beatles "Hey Jude"
9. Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10. Ray Charles "What'd I Say"

Source(s): Rolling Stone, issue 963 Dec 9, 2004  
Thanks to: Gypsy 
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