Here in the UK, the song was released as the follow-up to the band's debut single It's So Easy, which had previously stalled at #84 in the charts. Released on October 3rd 1987, Welcome To The Jungle reached a more respectable #24 (it deserved to be in the top ten, though) and #7 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
The next two singles from the band's superb debut album, Appetite For Destruction, can be accessed by clicking the links below the video above.
Appetite For Destruction
Guns N' Roses debut studio album is a testosterone-fuelled classic, and is surely one of the finest hard rock albums to come out of the 1980s, if not all time. It remains the bands best-selling, achieving 2x Platinum in the UK, 18x Platinum in the U.S and Diamond in Canada. Around 35 million units have been sold Worldwide.
1987 Appetite For Destruction #1 #5
1988 G N 'R Lies #2 #22
1991 Use Your Illusion 1 #2 #2
1991 Use Your Illusion 2 #1 #1
1993 The Spaghetti Incident? #4 #2
2008 Chinese Democracy #3 #2
# peak chart positions for U.S. and UK
This early 90s, epic power ballad with its big orchestral backing was released on Feb 19th 1992 in the UK, reaching #3. The song was released later on June 2nd in the USA, peaking at #4.
Guns N' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Released in May 1992, this cover of the Bob Dylan song reached #2 in the UK, giving Guns N' Roses their fifth consecutive British top ten hit. The B-side features another live version recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert during 1992.
The song was released as the fourth single from the album Use Your Illusion 2, but is actually an altered version of the track that featured on the Days Of Thunder soundtrack in 1990. A live version featured on the maxi-single of Welcome To The Jungle.
The original song was written by Bob Dylan and featured on the soundtrack for Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, a movie which Dylan himself had a role in as a character called Alias. Dylan's version reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Much of the soundtrack was actually instrumental.
Use Your Illusion 2 was lyrically quite a political album and sold around 1 million more units than Use Your Illusion 1. Released in September 1991, the album achieved 7x Platinum in America, Platinum in Great Britain and sold around 20 million units. Although it was obviously very successful, it still didn't achieve the same success as the rock band's debut 1987 album Appetite For Destruction which sold around 35 million copies.