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Guns N' Roses: The Best Band of the 80's

Updated on March 26, 2013

Guns N' Roses Albums: From Appetite for Destruction to Chinese Democracy

Guns N' Roses were one of the biggest bands to come out of the 80's, and left a lasting impression upon the rock world that would leave its mark for decades to come. Without a doubt one of the best debut heavy metal/rock albums ever created, Appetite for Destruction was as rock n' roll as you could. Some compare them to The Rolling Stones, but the original lineup of GN'R was cut short due to in-band strife and some "creative differences."

While the rest of the band went on to create Velvet Revolver, solo projects, and reality TV shows, Axl Rose assembled a new band after McKagan left the band in 1997. Sole original member Axl Rose, plus Illusion-era member Dizzy Reed round out the original GN'R members on "Chinese Democracy" and subsequent concerts and recordings.

On this page, you can find out more about the band, vote for your favorite guitarists, and learn more about the band that inspired a billion kids to pick up a guitar and start their own garage band.

Vote for Your Favorite Guns N' Roses Album! - Pick your favorite and vote, or just read the results of the GN'R poll...

There aren't that many records to choose from, but what we do have from the band are absolute gold. Due to the lack of original recordings from the band in the 90's and beyond, compilations and live recordings have been released over the years. Axl, Slash, and Duff tried to block the release of the Greatest Hits collection, but their efforts were denied, and the hits collection was released in 2004.

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Are you more of a fan of the old school, classic lineup of Guns N' Roses? That would be any of the members before Chinese Democracy, namely Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin, Steven Adler, and later on, Gilby Clarke, Dizzy Reed, and Matt Sorum. Or, are you a fan of the newer lineup? Musicians in the newer lineup have included Axl Rose, Dizzy Reed, Buckethead, Robin Finck, Paul Tobias, Richard Fortus, Tommy Stinson, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Bryan Mantia, Chris Pitman, and Frank Ferrer.

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Axl Rose

Axl Rose
Axl Rose

My Appetite for Destruction - The Steven Adler Autobiography

A clean and sober Steven Adler, thanks in part to Dr. Drew Pinsky, vents in his 2010 book My Appetite for Destruction. Whether the band is irritated at his version of the story or not, Steven tells all, from his lowest lows of drug abuse to the high of highs (literally), to the humiliation of Axl firing him from the band live on MTV for millions to see. If you've ever truly wondered how rock n' roll excess can play out, then read Steven's story. It's a far different take on the band than Slash's autobiography.

My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses
My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses

Steven Adler was the drummer for Guns N' Roses from 1985 to 1990. In 2003, he started Adler's Appetite, with whom he released an EP and continues to perform live. He participated in the second season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and the premiere season of Sober House, a Celebrity Rehab spin-off focusing on a sober living environment. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Carolina Adler.


Slash -- the Autobiography - Slash reveals all in this telling book!

Slash rockin' out with Velvet Revolver

Slash rockin' out with Velvet Revolver
Slash rockin' out with Velvet Revolver

The original awesome cover for Appetite for Destruction. Artwork is by artist Robert Williams.

The original awesome cover for Appetite for Destruction. Artwork is by artist Robert Williams.
The original awesome cover for Appetite for Destruction. Artwork is by artist Robert Williams.

Appetite for Destruction Tracks - Live versions of Appetizing hits from GN'R!

What's Your Favorite Song from Appetite for Destruction? - Vote on your favorite song from Appetite!

There isn't a single bad song on Appetite for Destruction...but if you had to, which song would you choose as your all time favorite?

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Use Your Illusion Era: Live on Tour & Videos - Live versions of songs and videos from Guns N' Roses classic two volume epic

My Personal Favorite Tracks from Chinese Democracy - It's an eclectic album with some great tracks and some really weird ones, too!

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      NRG_XtraLarge 6 years ago

      early and late gnr is just plain brilliance. Axl might be guy with some arrogance in him but be honest: He has all reason to act as he is: one of a kind...And the reason why we should let him be himself is coz he's an utter brilliant kind that can complement to all of our lives. Let for christ sake SLash and him somehow throw their furious energy in the surreal feeling stuff only they can achieve: those of Guns n fuckin' roses. Be as bad as u can and live on the edge as only you guys can but do it as one. Rock sexy as gnr again.. and then. No 1 is what you will more than one meaning.

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      BW Duerr 6 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Nicely done! I've finally featured you and this awesome lens to my Top 10 80s Power Ballads. :D Thanks so much!

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      rewards4life info 6 years ago

      Brings back memories, I don't think they should have carried on past the "Use your illusion" albums though, the early ones were the best. I still listen to them now, they are easily one of my greatest all time bands. Nice page.

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      jolielaide75 7 years ago

      love these guys! brings me back to high school!

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      SorinVelescu 7 years ago

      Slash is the greatest guitar player ever.

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      sallemange 7 years ago

      The best! I love November Rain great love song! Mind you that riff on Sweet Child of Mine...well...iconic.