List of songs recorded by Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses are an American hard rock band originally formed in 1985 by members of Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns. After signing with Geffen Records in 1986, the band released its debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987. 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. 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, once again credited to the full band.
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. 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. 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. 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. Shortly after the successful release of the albums, founding member Stradlin left the band; he was replaced by Gilby Clarke.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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|Indicates song written solely by Axl Rose|
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- Appetite for Destruction (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1987.
- G N' R Lies (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1988.
- Use Your Illusion I (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1991.
- Use Your Illusion II (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1991.
- "The Spaghetti Incident?" (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1993.
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- Interview with the Vampire (Media notes). Various artists. Geffen Records. 1994.
- End of Days (Media notes). Various artists. Geffen Records. 1999.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses". Allmusic. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
- Chinese Democracy (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 2008.