A collection of cover songs, ‘The Spaghetti Incident?’ may not reflect the band at their creative apex but still contains enough intriguing re-interpretations to be worth a listen. Its opening track ‘Since I Don’t Have You’ by The Skyliners, for example, showcased the band’s surprising adeptness at balladry. Despite being an oft-forgotten element of the band’s discography, the album was still certified platinum.
5. GN’R Lies (1988)
The first half of this album consisted of songs from an already released live EP, juxtaposed by its second half which was wholly made up of acoustic songs with far lower energy. It certainly isn’t their most consistent album but it does include the track ‘Patience’ which was a huge success as a later single release.
4. Chinese Democracy (2008)
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3. Use Your Illusion I (1991)
In an unconventional move, Guns N’ Roses released two separate albums on the same day with ‘Use Your Illusion 1’ charting at number two only behind its sister album. This record contains the mega-hits ‘Don’t Cry’ and ‘November Rain’ which continue to receive radio airplay to this day, as well as their high-octane cover of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’.
2. Use Your Illusion II (1991)
'2' held off its sister album for the number one spot and this can be partly put down to the popularity of the single ‘You Could Be Mine’ which also appeared on the Terminator 2 soundtrack. Its epic cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ was inspired, whilst the record also included thoughtful, political tracks like ‘Civil War’ and ‘Yesterdays’.
1. Appetite for Destruction (1987)
Only time will tell if another album will be added to this list, but with Slash back in the fold there is certainly room for optimism. Regardless, Guns N’ Roses continue to have their songs blasted out and sung across the world and their status as Rock Gods has long been secure.