Top 10 Guns N’ Roses Songs & Biggest Hits All-Time

Last Updated: May 26, 2022 | Written by Matthew Campbell (Editor of My Wedding Songs and wedding DJ)

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Guns N Roses are an American hard rock band formed in 1985. GNR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. The historic band members consisted of:

  • Vocalist Axl Rose
  • Lead guitarist Slash
  • Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin
  • Bassist Duff McKagan
  • Drummer Steven Adler
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GNR released their first studio album in 1987 with Appetite for Destruction. The band saw a fifteen-year studio album break after the release of The Spaghetti Incident? in 1993, Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy in 2008. Check out our list of Guns N’ Roses top 10 songs.

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#1 November Rain
Released in 1992
On Album Use Your Illusion I
The song length is 8:57. November Rain is the longest song in history to be in the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

So if you want to love me
Then darlin’ don’t refrain
Or I’ll just end up walkin’
In the cold November rain

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#2 Sweet Child O’ Mine
Released in 1988
On Album Appetite for Destruction
The song is GNR’s one and only number-one single to top the U.S. charts.

Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry

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#3 Don’t Cry
Released in 1991
On Album Use Your Illusion I & II
The song is about a woman leaving a man. Did you know that Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon is singing backing vocals on the song?

Give me a whisper
And give me a sigh
Give me a kiss before you
Tell me goodbye

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#4 Welcome To The Jungle
Released in 1987
On Album Appetite for Destruction
The song is about the streets of the big city coming from a small town.

Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here every day
You learn to live like an animal in the jungle where we play

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#5 Paradise City
Released in 1988
On Album Appetite for Destruction

Take me down to the paradise city
Where the grass is green and the girls are pretty
Oh won’t you please take me home

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#6 Patience
Released in 1989
On Album G N’ R Lies
The consensus is that the song is about the troublesome relationship between Axl Rose and now ex-wife Erin Everly.

Said sugar make it slow
and we’ll come together fine
All we need is just a little patience

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#7 Knocking On Heaven’s Door
Released in 1992
On Album Use Your Illusion II
The song was originally written by Bob Dylan. The song describes the collapse of a deputy sheriff, dying from a bullet wound.

Mama take this badge from me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s getting dark too dark to see
Feels like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

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#8 Live and Let Die
Released in 1991
On Album Use Your Illusion I
The song was originally released by Paul McCartney & Wings.

But if this ever changin’ world
In which we’re livin’
Makes you give in and cry
Say live and let die

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#9 You Could Be Mine
Released in 1991
On Album Use Your Illusion II
The song was originally released as the theme song for the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

With your bitch slap rappin’
And your cocaine tongue
You get nuthin’ done
I said you could be mine

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#10 Mr. Brownstone
Released in 1987
On Album Appetite for Destruction
Slash said the lyrics describe a typical day in the life of Slash and Izzy.

We been dancin’ with
Mr. Brownstone
He’s been knockin’
He won’t’ leave me alone
No, no, no
He won’t leave me alone

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Have a favorite Guns N Roses song, not on our list? Please share it below so that we can add the song.


Guns N’ Roses Highest-Charting Singles – U.S.

  • #1 Sweet Child o’ Mine, 1988
  • #3 November Rain, 1992
  • #4 Patience, 1989
  • #5 Paradise City, 1988
  • #7 Welcome to the Jungle, 1987
  • #10 Don’t Cry, 1991
  • #29 You Could Be Mine, 1991
  • #33 Live and Let Die, 1991
  • #34 Chinese Democracy, 2008

Guns N’ Roses Studio Albums

  • Appetite for Destruction, 1987
  • G N’ R Lies, 1988
  • Use Your Illusion I, 1991
  • Use Your Illusion II, 1991
  • The Spaghetti Incident?, 1993
  • Chinese Democracy, 2008

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  1. Congratulations, your entire article is almost COMPLETELY inaccurate…SMH, where do you get your information from? Only one single in the top 100? Seriously? I don’t know the exact numbers, but I know for a fact they had over 10. Also they didn’t take a 15-year break after 87. They release another Album (Lies) 2 years later AND the use your illusion set 2 years after that.. and I’m also leaving out the Spaghetti Incident album, only because it’s mostly made up of punk rock covers. But, just so you know, you have to also enter a studio in order to record covering other people’s material. Outside of the completely inaccurate information in which your article is filled, you did an outstanding job! Moron.

    1. Thanks for your opinion. If you feel our list is so inaccurate, what is your top 10 list?

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