Guns N’ Roses went through a lengthy period of uncertainty between the release of 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident and the start of their Not in This Lifetime tour in 2016. Even though frontman Axl Rose (and keyboardist Dizzy Reed) carried on the GNR name on tour and on 2008’s Chinese Democracy, there was always the question of when and if Slash, Duff, Izzy and Steven/Matt would return.
“No” finally changed to “yes,” at least for Slash and Duff, and the current incarnation of the band is having so much fun that it can’t stay off the road. There’s a new lingering Guns N’ Roses question about whether they’ll ever release another studio album, but in the meantime the band just announced the Larger Than Life global stadium tour.
GNR can usually be counted on to play a big bulk of Appetite for Destruction in concert, as well as several cuts from the Use Your Illusion LPs and a selection of covers. Here’s a look at the songs Guns N’ Roses has played live the most, according to setlist.fm, since they started rocking the small clubs of LA back in the ‘80s.
10 YOU COULD BE MINE - 684 TIMES
From 1991's Use Your Illusion II, it was first released as the theme song from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." The song kicks off with one of the best drum intros of all time.
9 NOVEMBER RAIN - 697 TIMES
From 1991's Use Your Illusion I, it's only the second longest song on the LP at 8:56. The video is filled with several memorable scenes, including Slash performing one of his best solos outside of a tiny church in the desert.
8 LIVE AND LET DIE - 703 TIMES
From 1991's Use Your Illusion I, it's one of several covers the band performs so well and so them that it seems like they wrote it. The original, of course, belonged to Paul McCartney and Wings.
7 NIGHTRAIN - 728 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, it was written about one of the band's favorite brands of cheap liquor. Guitar World called it one of the top 10 drinking songs of all time.
6 IT'S SO EASY - 810 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, it was the first single released from their debut and has been a popular show opener since the beginning.
5 SWEET CHILD O' MINE - 841 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, the instantly recognizable guitar riff famously evolved from a warm-up lick Slash had been practicing. The video recently became the first from the '80s to reach a billion views on YouTube.
4 KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR - 842 TIMES
From 1991's Use Your Illusion II, it's another cover the band respectfully makes its own. Bob Dylan wrote the original which has also been covered by Eric Clapton and others.
3 PARADISE CITY - 858 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, a whistle signals the all out a**-kicking the band is about to give you.
2 MR. BROWNSTONE - 878 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, it describes the grip heroin addiction had on band members as they started to make it big.
1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE - 920 TIMES
From 1987's Appetite for Destruction, its iconic opening riff keeps coming around for more until the full band kicks in without restraint. There was no better way for Guns N' Roses to introduce themselves to the world than with this opening track from their debut album. They may have shared the Sunset Strip with glossier bands, but they weren't them.