There will never be another collection of music videos like the ones made by Guns N’ Roses, soon to reunite in some form of their classic incarnation. Their height of fame was in the late Eighties and early Nineties, when MTV still played music and making a video for every single was pretty much mandatory for rock bands. They had access to absurd budgets — and they had a lead singer, W. Axl Rose, who didn’t just want to make a big splash on the Dial MTV countdown: He was committed to working out his manifold psychological issues with a multimillion dollar canvas.
“It was like Spinal Tap with money,” director Andy Morahan said of the Guns N’ Roses video trilogy he directed (“Don’t Cry,” “November Rain” and “Estranged”). “I’ve been asked by students about the metaphorical imagery in those videos, and I’m like, ‘Fuck if I know.'”
Setting aside full-length concert films (and random excerpts from those shows), Guns N’ Roses made 17 official clips. We’ve ranked them all, worst to best, as videos. This means that while the music is an important component of their appeal, the visual entertainment matters just as much, whether that comes from the sweaty energy of a great performance or from special-effects insanity like dolphins swimming down Sunset Boulevard.