List of songs recorded by Guns N' Roses

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The current lineup of Guns N' Roses, from left to right: Dizzy Reed, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Richard Fortus, Axl Rose, DJ Ashba, Chris Pitman, and Tommy Stinson. Not pictured: Frank Ferrer.

Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band originally formed in 1985 by members of Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns.[1] After signing with Geffen Records in 1986, the band released its debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987.[1] All songs on the album were credited as having been written by the full band, composed of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler; lead single "It's So Easy" was co-written by West Arkeen, and "Anything Goes" was co-written by Chris Weber, formerly a member of Hollywood Rose.[2] The following year saw the release of the second and final album with Adler in the lineup, G N' R Lies, made up of all four tracks from 1986 extended play Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, which featured songwriting credits for Weber and Del James, as well as two covers, and four acoustic-based tracks,[1] once again credited to the full band.[3]

Following a period of touring, in 1990 Guns N' Roses replaced Adler with Matt Sorum, and keyboardist Dizzy Reed was also added to the lineup.[1] On September 17, 1991, the band released its next two studio albums on the same day – Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.[1] For the first time, the songs on the albums were credited to their individual songwriters, rather than the band as a whole, with Rose, Stradlin, and Slash having contributed to the majority of tracks on the pair of albums.[4][5] Other band members besides Rose performed lead vocals on a number of tracks, including Stradlin on "Dust N' Bones" and McKagan on "So Fine", and the albums also featured a range of guest musicians, including Shannon Hoon, Michael Monroe, and Alice Cooper.[4][5] Shortly after the successful release of the albums, founding member Stradlin left the band; he was replaced by Gilby Clarke.[1]

After almost two years promoting the 1991 albums on the Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N' Roses returned to the studio to record "The Spaghetti Incident?", an album of cover versions and the first by the band to feature rhythm guitarist Clarke, released in 1993.[1] Among others, the album featured recordings of "Raw Power" by The Stooges, "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners, and a medley of "Buick Mackane" and "Big Dumb Sex" by T. Rex and Soundgarden, respectively.[6] The following year, Clarke was replaced with Paul Tobias, and the band released a cover of The Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil" for the soundtrack to the film Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.[7][8] This would prove to be the final involvement for long-term band members Slash, McKagan, and Sorum, who would later leave at various points over the next few years due to internal tensions within the band.[1][7]

In the years after the release of "The Spaghetti Incident?", Guns N' Roses went through a number of lineup changes during the recording of the long-awaited Chinese Democracy. In 1999, the song "Oh My God" – the band's first original recording since the Use Your Illusion albums – was released on the soundtrack for End of Days, and featured Dave Navarro and Gary Sunshine on guitar.[9] Chinese Democracy was eventually released, after a number of delays, on November 23, 2008, over 17 years after the release of Use Your Illusion I and II.[10] The album featured contributions from most of the members the band had featured between 1994 and 2008, including guitarists Buckethead, Robin Finck, and Tobias, drummer Bryan "Brain" Mantia, and multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman, with a number of these performers having co-written songs on the album.[11]

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Frontman Axl Rose remains the band's only constant member since its formation.
Izzy Stradlin was the original rhythm guitarist for Guns N' Roses, and wrote prolifically during his time with the band.
Lead guitarist Slash wrote and performed with the band from 1985 to around 1996.
Duff McKagan was a member of the 'classic' lineup of Guns N' Roses, performing on the band's first five albums.
Drummer Steven Adler (left) performed on the band's first two albums; rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke (right) performed on 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident?".
After Rose, keyboardist Dizzy Reed remains the longest-standing member of Guns N' Roses, having joined in 1990.
Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe made guest appearances on "Bad Obsession" and "Ain't It Fun".
Alice Cooper performed additional vocals on the Use Your Illusion I track "The Garden".
Guns N' Roses released a cover version of "Live and Let Die" written by Paul and Linda McCartney on 1991's Use Your Illusion I.
"The Spaghetti Incident?" features two songs written or co-written by Johnny Thunders – "Human Being" and "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory".
One of the singles from 1993 cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?" was "Hair of the Dog", originally performed by Nazareth.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Pitman has been a member of the band since 1998.
Guitarist Dave Navarro performed on the 1999 song "Oh My God".
Robin Finck performed guitar on every track on Chinese Democracy, and also co-wrote the song "Better".
Guitarist Buckethead was a member of the band between 2000 and 2004, contributing to all but two tracks on Chinese Democracy and co-writing three.
Key
Song released as a single Indicates song released as a single
Song written solely by Axl Rose Indicates song written solely by Axl Rose
Contents
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Song Writer(s) Release Year Ref.
"14 Years" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Ain't It Fun" Song released as a single Cheetah Chrome
Peter Laughner
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Anything Goes" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Chris Weber
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Attitude" Glenn Danzig "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Back Off Bitch" Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Bad Obsession" Izzy Stradlin
West Arkeen
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Bad Apples" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Better" Axl Rose
Robin Finck
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Black Leather" Steve Jones "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Breakdown" Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Buick Makane (Big Dumb Sex)" Marc Bolan
Chris Cornell
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Catcher in the Rye" Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Chinese Democracy" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Josh Freese
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Civil War" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Coma" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Dead Horse" Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Don't Cry" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Don't Damn Me" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Dave Lank
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Double Talkin' Jive" Izzy Stradlin Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Down on the Farm" Charlie Harper
Alvin Gibbs
Nicholas Garrett
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Dust N' Bones" Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Estranged" Song released as a single Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Garden of Eden" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Get in the Ring" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Hair of the Dog" Song released as a single Dan McCafferty
Manny Charlton
Pete Agnew
Darrell Sweet
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Human Being" David Johansen
Johnny Thunders
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"I Don't Care About You" Lee Ving "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"I.R.S." Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Dizzy Reed
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"If the World" Axl Rose
Chris Pitman
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"It's So Easy" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
West Arkeen
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Song released as a single Bob Dylan Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Live and Let Die" Song released as a single Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Locomotive" Axl Rose
Saul Hudson
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Look at Your Game, Girl" Charles Manson "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Madagascar" Axl Rose
Chris Pitman
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Mama Kin" Steven Tyler G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Move to the City" Izzy Stradlin
Chris Weber
Del James
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Mr. Brownstone" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"My Michelle" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"My World" Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"New Rose" Brian James "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Nice Boys" Gary Anderson
Mick Cocks
Peter Wells
Gordon Leach
Dallas Royall
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Nightrain" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"November Rain" Song released as a single Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Oh My God" Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Dizzy Reed
End of Days 1999 [9]
"One in a Million" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Out ta Get Me" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Paradise City" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Patience" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Perfect Crime" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Pretty Tied Up" Izzy Stradlin Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Prostitute" Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Raw Power" Iggy Pop
James Williamson
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"Reckless Life" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Chris Weber
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Riad n' the Bedouins" Axl Rose
Tommy Stinson
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Right Next Door to Hell" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Timo Caltia
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"Rocket Queen" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Scraped" Axl Rose
Brian Carroll
Caram Costanzo
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Shackler's Revenge" Axl Rose
Brian Carroll
Bryan Mantia
Caram Costanzo
Pete Scaturro
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Shotgun Blues" Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Since I Don't Have You" Song released as a single Joseph Rock
James Beaumont
Jackie Taylor
Janet Vogel
Joseph Verscharen
Lennie Martin
Wally Lester
"The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"So Fine" Duff McKagan Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"Sorry" Axl Rose
Brian Carroll
Bryan Mantia
Pete Scaturro
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Street of Dreams" Axl Rose
Tommy Stinson
Dizzy Reed
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Sweet Child o' Mine" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Sympathy for the Devil" Song released as a single Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Interview with the Vampire 1994 [8]
"The Garden" Axl Rose
West Arkeen
Del James
Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"There Was a Time" Axl Rose
Paul Tobias
Dizzy Reed
Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Think About You" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"This I Love" Axl Rose Song written solely by Axl Rose Chinese Democracy 2008 [11]
"Used to Love Her" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]
"Welcome to the Jungle" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
Appetite for Destruction 1987 [2]
"Yesterdays" Song released as a single Axl Rose
West Arkeen
Del James
Billy McCloud
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" Johnny Thunders "The Spaghetti Incident?" 1993 [6]
"You Could Be Mine" Song released as a single Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Use Your Illusion II 1991 [5]
"You Ain't the First" Izzy Stradlin Use Your Illusion I 1991 [4]
"You're Crazy" Axl Rose
Izzy Stradlin
Saul Hudson
Duff McKagan
Steven Adler
G N' R Lies 1988 [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Guns N' Roses Biography". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Appetite for Destruction (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1987. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i G N' R Lies (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1988. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Use Your Illusion I (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1991. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Use Your Illusion II (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1991. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "The Spaghetti Incident?" (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1993. 
  7. ^ a b "Guns N' Roses: Paul Huge Out, Psychedelic Furs Axeman In". Blabbermouth.net. July 17, 2002. Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Interview with the Vampire (Media notes). Various artists. Geffen Records. 1994. 
  9. ^ a b End of Days (Media notes). Various artists. Geffen Records. 1999. 
  10. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses". Allmusic. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Chinese Democracy (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 2008. 

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