Follow TV Tropes


Music / Appetite for Destruction

Go To
The replacement cover, which has gone on to become iconic.Click for the original version (NSFW!) 


Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by Guns N' Roses, released in 1987. It entered the Billboard charts at the modest 182nd position upon release. A modest critical success at the time, the album began to creep up the charts thanks to strong word of mouth. Aided by a successful - and still in-demand - appearance on MTV's "Live At The Ritz" series and the release of number-one hit "Sweet Child O' Mine", Appetite reached the number one slot in August 1988 and would remain on the charts for 147 weeks. Contemporary pop culture critics noted that shock value made up much of the Gunners' appeal, cynically exploiting taboo subject matter for more press; this censure presumably only helped matters.

Appetite continues to draw praise for its successful blend of Blues Rock riffage, Punk Rock intensity, accessible melodies, and its warts-and-all take on the band's journey to rock stardom. While an occasional source of Hype Backlash—some consider it over-derivative of Aerosmith, in particular—Appetite frequently scores at or near the top of "greatest album" lists across several rock genres.


It was listed at #62 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Side G
  1. "Welcome To The Jungle" (4:31)
  2. "It's So Easy" (3:21)
  3. "Nightrain" (4:26)
  4. "Out Ta Get Me" (4:20)
  5. "Mr. Brownstone" (3:48)
  6. "Paradise City" (6:46)

Side R

  1. "My Michelle" (3:39)
  2. "Think About You" (3:50)
  3. "Sweet Child O' Mine" (5:55)
  4. "You're Crazy" (3:25)
  5. "Anything Goes" (3:25)
  6. "Rocket Queen" (6:13)

Principal Members:

  • Steven Adler - drums
  • Duff McKagen - bass, vocals
  • W. Axl Rose - lead vocals, synthesizer, whistle, percussion
  • Slash - guitar
  • Izzy Stradlin - guitar, vocals, percussion


You know where you are? You're in the trope list, baby! You're gonna die!


How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: