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Appetite for Destruction, Guns n' Roses Appetite for Destruction by Guns n' Roses ranked # 61 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums list.

Appetite for Destruction was Guns N' Roses' debut album. Beginning with the hit "Welcome to the Jungle", Appetite for Destruction combined elements of glam metal, punk rock, blues and classic, anthemic choruses. The album was a #1 American hit and worldwide sales exceeded 25 million.

While the songwriting credits are indiscriminately credited to all five band members, many of the songs were solo tracks that individual band members wrote in the pre-GNR era. These songs include "It's So Easy" and "Nightrain" (McKagan), "Mr. Brownstone", "Anything Goes" and "Think About You" (Stradlin). "Rocket Queen" and "Paradise City" were unfinished Rose and McKagan demos respectively that the band fleshed out in its early days.

Other songs on the album reflect the band's reaction to the debauchery of the L.A. rock and roll underground, such as "Welcome to the Jungle" (ironically, Axl Rose wrote the lyrics while in Seattle) and "Out Ta Get Me", as well their assorted female companions, reflected in the songs "Sweet Child O' Mine", "My Michelle", and "You're Crazy."

The album is among the best selling albums in history; at least 15 million copies were sold in United States alone. However, one year after it was released in 1987, the album had sold only 500,000 copies. MTV refused to play any Guns N' Roses videos because of the album's original cover. Based on the Robert Williams painting Appetite for Destruction, it depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a toothy metal avenger.

The band compromised and put the original cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members (Rose has this design tattooed on his right forearm), somewhat like Grateful Dead album artwork. This compromise was not good enough for MTV, and the network continued the video ban. Finally, David Geffen, then - president of Geffen Records called MTV and begged them to play the Welcome to the Jungle video. MTV agreed to play it once, at 2 o'clock in the morning. The song became MTV's #1 most requested song in 24 hours.

Track Listing
  1. Welcome to the Jungle
  2. It's So Easy
  3. Nightrain
  4. Out Ta Get Me
  5. Mr. Brownstone
  6. Paradise City
  7. My Michelle
  8. Think About You
  9. Sweet Child O' Mine
  10. You're Crazy
  11. Anything Goes
  12. Rocket Queen

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