Rolling Stone Readers Pick the 10 Best Albums of the Eighties

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2. Guns N' Roses - 'Appetite For Destruction'

Few debut albums in rock history have been as explosive as Appetite For Destruction. Guns N' Roses emerged from the same Sunset Strip scene that produced Mötley Crüe, Poison and other hair metal bands, but GNR were an entirely different breed of band. Their songs were gritty and menacing, and they portrayed their city as a violent urban jungle populated by pornographers and drug-addicted thugs. Appetite sold millions and turned them into one of the biggest bands of the decade, though within a few years they made virtually every mistake a band can make and completely imploded. Still, they remain immensely proud of the disc. "When I was a kid, there were these be-with-you-forever albums that represented something in your life," Slash told Rolling Stone in 2007. "Whether it was the background music of your childhood or your puberty or whatever — Dark Side of the Moon or Sticky Fingers or Aerosmith's Rocks or Led Zeppelin IV. And we made one of those records, which is all I could ever have asked for. It gives me goose bumps. That's something no one ever can take away from me."

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