Rocket Queen voted best song on Appetite For Destruction

Guns N' Roses in 1985
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Guns N' Roses reissued their knockout debut album Appetite For Destruction last week, and to make the occasion we decided to find out what the number one song on the record could be. 

To be fair, each of the 12 tracks was in with a shout. Welcome To Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine, Paradise City, My Michelle... it's crazy that one album could produce such a wealth of bona fide rock 'n' roll anthems. 

But it was closing track Rocket Queen that YOU have voted as the best track on Appetite For Destruction with over 21% of the vote.

Most famous/infamous for the fact that it features the sound of Axl Rose having sex with Steven Adler’s then-girlfriend Adriana Smith (“I did it for the band,” the former dancer later stated), Rocket Queen was Rose’s tribute to his friend Barbi Von Greif, who he acknowledged “kept [him] alive for a while”. It’s an explosive end to a jaw-dropping album.

With thousands of votes cast, here's the order Metal Hammer readers have ranked Appetite For Destruction (from best to least-best).

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

Appetite For Destruction has been reissued on vinyl in three different, increasingly impressive formats.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.