Greatest guitar riff of all time

#ThrowbackThursday - Back 28 years to 1987 when Guns N’ Roses released their debut album Appetite for Destruction which featured the singles Welcome to the Jungle, Sweet Child o' Mine, and Paradise City. The album now has worldwide sales in excess of 28 million, 18 million of which are in the US, making it the best-selling US debut album of all time.

Sweet Child O’ Mine was the band’s first and only song to reach Nº1 on the Billboard Hot 100 - it was the jewel of the album, and the monumental guitar solo by Slash can always be found at the top of any guitar solo list. On Guitar World’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos it is placed at Nº37. The accolades continue: In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at Nº6 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. The introduction's famous riff was also voted the Nº1 riff of all-time by the readers of Total Guitar magazine. It was also in Rolling Stone's 40 Greatest Songs that Changed the World. On a 2004 BBC poll, the song was voted to have the "greatest guitar riff ever".

The video is totally sweet - depicting the band rehearsing in the Huntington Ballroom at Huntington Beach, surrounded by crew members. All of the band members' girlfriends at the time were shown in the clip. Rose was dating Erin Everly (whose dad was Don Everly of The Everly Brothers), Duff’s girlfriend was Mandy from the all-female rock band The Lame Flames, Steven Adler was with Cheryl and Slash’s girlfriend Sally was also there. Even Izzy Stradlin's dog was featured! The video was hugely successful on MTV, helping to launch the song to success.

Watch the ‘sweet’ video above. (C5 users you will find this video in Playlists > Throwback Sessions.


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