|GN'R was at number 9 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" chart. Here's the top ten:
9.Guns N' Roses
Sweet Child O' Mine was at number 13 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Pop Songs.
Here's what Slash said about the track:
"It was literally me fucking around with the intro riff, making a joke out of it," says guitarist Slash of the song that put Guns n' Roses on the map. The band was sharing a house without electricity in Los Angeles, sitting around the fireplace late one night when Slash began noodling on his guitar. Soon guitarist Izzy Stradlin was chiming in, and a poem that Axl Rose had been working on started spilling out of the singer. "I was the last person in that band to come up with a ballad," Slash says.
"It was definitely a departure for the group as a whole," Slash continues, especially the unabashed lovelorn lyrics, inspired by Rose's then-girlfriend and future wife, Erin Everly. "A week later, we got into a rehearsal studio, and that song was still on the minds of everyone else in the band, and I'm saying, 'Come on, I was only fucking kidding.'" But the classic power ballad, complete with Slash's wah-wah-inflected guitar solos, was undeniable and became a Number One hit in the summer of 1988. Its success helped turn the band's debut album, Appetite for Destruction, into a hard-rock landmark.
"People's moms started buying the record," Slash says. "It was the only disappointment of Guns' crossover breakthrough. We became mainstream, even though we never saw ourselves as a mainstream band."