18 and Life

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For the Canadian television series with a similar name, see 18 to Life
"18 and Life"
Single by Skid Row
from the album Skid Row
Released 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Heavy metal
Length 3:51
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Rachel Bolan, Dave Sabo
Producer(s) Michael Wagener
Certification Gold
Skid Row singles chronology
"Youth Gone Wild"
"18 and Life"
"I Remember You"

"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.[1] It was named the 60th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[2] It was certified Gold on September 13, 1989, when it sold 500,000 copies.[3] The song also charted at No. 12 on the UK Singles chart.[4] 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.[citation needed]

Background and content[edit]

Sebastian Bach, in an interview with Fox 2 News Detroit, said the song was written about their guitar player's brother who went to Vietnam. In his interview on Nov. 7, 2014 Bach said "...being a young guy in the military, that's what that song is about." Either Sebastian is lying, doubtfully, or the "Ricky accidentally shot someone" explanation is a hoax. [5]

Chart performances[edit]

Chart Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 4
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AllMusic Billboard singles". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "spreadit.org music". Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Skid Row chart stats". Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sebastian Bach's daughter is the cutest - YouTube". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-23.