- For the Canadian television series with a similar name, see 18 to Life
"18 and Life" is the second single and power ballad from Skid Row's 1989 eponymous debut album.
The song was to be the band's biggest hit, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was named the 60th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was certified Gold on September 13, 1989, when it sold 500,000 copies. The song also charted at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart. This song also appears on Skid Row's greatest hits compilation, 40 Seasons: The Best of Skid Row. Then lead singer of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach, released a live version of this on his solo album Bring 'Em Bach Alive!. It is also a playable song on the video game Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. Sebastian Bach sings the opening lines of the song, with slightly altered lyrics, at the end of Trailer Park Boys' season 8 finale, after the credits.
Background and content
The song was written by guitarist Dave Sabo after he read a newspaper article about an 18 year old named Ricky who was sentenced to life imprisonment for accidentally shooting his friend.