1. "November Rain"
There's a hilarious episode of Beavis and Butt-head where Butt-head imagines his own wedding day: Slash is his best man and he marries a woman that looks exactly like Stephanie Seymour. It's a scene straight out of the video for "November Rain," something tattooed into the brain of anyone who watched even a little MTV back in 1992. The network played the clip (it seemed) 50,000 times that year, even though nobody is quite sure exactly how the bride died and why people at the wedding reacted so crazily to a little rain. One guy even jumps through the wedding cake. The song, clearly inspired by Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," was something Axl slowly worked on for years, supposedly even back to 1983. He was finally ready to release it on Use Your Illusion I in 1992. It could have launched a whole new era of the band, but instead it stands as one of their final masterpieces. Some bands just weren't built to last.