500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Guns N' Roses, 'Welcome to the Jungle'
473/500

473. Guns N' Roses, 'Welcome to the Jungle'

Writers: Guns n' Roses
Producer: Mike Clink
Released: Aug. '87, Geffen
17 weeks; No. 7

Slash's Seventies-metal crunch and Axl's hell-bound shriek brought brutal realism to the L.A. glam-metal scene. "They're real-life stories, these fuckin' songs," bassist Duff McKagan said. "Jungle" beckoned listeners into the Gunners' sordid Hollywood milieu, but Rose's inspiration came from getting lost during his first trip to New York.

Appears on: Appetite for Destruction (Geffen)

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