7. "Mr. Brownstone"
At a time when hair metal bands like Mötley Crüe and Poison were glamorizing the never-ending party of the Sunset Strip music scene, Guns N' Roses decided to reveal the sad consequences of the lifestyle on their 1987 debut LP Appetite for Destruction. Nowhere is that more clear than on "Mr. Brownstone," which was born one night when Slash and Izzy were sitting around an apartment lamenting their difficult lives. "We were sitting there complaining, as junkies do, about our dealers," Slash wrote in his memoir. "It basically described a day in the life for us at the time." It was a lifestyle that quickly caught up to them, and before a performance of the song in 1989 Axl Rose tore into his bandmates. "I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. God Damn Brownstone," he said. "Unless certain people in this band get their shit together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll fucking ever see."