500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Guns N' Roses, 'Paradise City'
Writers: Guns n' Roses
Producer: Mike Clink
Released: Aug. '87, Geffen
17 weeks; No. 5
For nearly seven minutes, Axl Rose expounds on the joys of green grass, pretty girls and toxic chemicals. The song was written in the back of a van as the band drove home to L.A. after a gig in San Francisco, with all the members tossing in lines. In a typically tasteful G n' R move, the video has 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)
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