Guns N’ Roses Videos, Ranked Worst to Best
Videos played a huge role as Guns N’ Roses became one of the biggest musical acts in the world. Appetite for Destruction made an indelible mark on rock and roll, and that revolution was televised via MTV. As Guns N’ Roses’ musical vision continued to expand from there, so did their ambitions for music video production – and that only added new dimensions to their songs. See for yourself on the following list of Guns N’ Roses Music Videos, Ranked Worst to Best.
Many of the entries on our list of Guns N’ Roses Music Videos Ranked Worst to Best feature live footage of the band rocking out. For the music video for “Bad Apples,” GNR decided to try a different take on the theme by making the video choppy and over-saturated.
“Since I Don’t Have You”
Ah, the winter holiday season – a time for curling up next to a warm fireplace with someone special to you. Then, just as you’re both getting cozy, you hit your distortion pedal and crank out a ripping solo. Happy holidays!
Axl Rose does more than sing, play piano and whistle. He can also strum a tune on the guitar, as we hear on the main riff for this song.
“Live and Let Die”
This update of the famous Wings-penned Bond theme is the second cover song on our list of Guns N’ Roses Music Videos Ranked Worst to Best. The clip is noteworthy since it marks Stradlin’s last video appearance before splitting with the band.
“Don’t Cry” (Alternate Lyrics)
Rose must’ve had a lot to say, because he recorded not two, but three different versions of this song. The video for GNR’s second take features shots of the band playing on a rooftop as helicopters circle overhead. Keep an eye out for the late Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon, who provided vocal harmonies.
A track that almost made it onto Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, “The Garden” is another tune about the seedy side of life in L.A. Alice Cooper joined Hoon here on guest vocals.
“Sweet Child O’ Mine”
A song that started out as one of guitarist Slash‘s picking exercises ended up launching GNR to international fame. In fact, “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the third single from the band’s debut, shot all the way to the top of the Billboard charts.
While muscular riffs have generally been Guns N’ Roses’ bread and butter, they’ve also shown a strong affinity for power ballads. Izzy Stradlin‘s “Patience,” with its soft acoustic sound and Rose’s instantly recognizable whistling intro, became a simply iconic example.
“You Could Be Mine”
The first single from the Use Your Illusion albums, “You Could Be Mine” turned out to be a perfect fit with the blockbuster film Terminator 2: Judgement Day. This memorable clip features Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, hunting down members of the band.
While the video for the alternate version of “Don’t Cry” is simply footage of GNR playing, this clip is much more complicated. One scene, where Rose and actress Stephanie Seymour fight over a gun, seems to allude to a real-life event involving his then-wife Erin Everly.
“Paradise City,” with its catchy guitar riffs and sing-along vocals, is amped up even further with a video shot mainly at Giants Stadium during a huge concert. (For something completely different, check out this crazy version from crooner Pat Boone.)
“Welcome to the Jungle”
Guns N’ Roses channeled their experience living in the City of Angels to pen “Welcome to the Jungle.” Once, when asked who he’d like to hear cover a GNR tune, Rose said, “That’s a hard one. I’d like to hear Nirvana do ‘Welcome To The Jungle.’ That’s what I’d like to hear. I’d like to hear Nirvana do ‘Jungle’ their way, however that is.” If only…
Guns N’ Roses have released quite a few extra-long songs, but none of them found the popularity of “November Rain.” That surge of interest was no doubt bolstered by the video, which reportedly cost $1 million to shoot.
“Garden of Eden”
After the astronomical expense of the video for “November Rain,” “Garden of Eden” seems refreshingly homemade. It was shot with just one camera, two spotlights, and no edits. Careful not to stare at Axl for the entire video, or you might start feeling dizzy.
This clip for the longest track from Use Your Illusion II has everything: a troubled relationship, a police raid and even dolphins, which appear just in time to save a drowning Axl Rose. Oh, and there’s a bajillion guitar solos. What better reason for this to top our list of Guns N’ Roses Music Videos Ranked Worst to Best?