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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 09: Singer Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Guns N’ Roses:
“Sweet Child o’ Mine”

The Hook: With just their second single, Guns N’ Roses became bigger than Slash ever expected them to be.

Year: 1987

Album: Appetite for Destruction

Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, Steven Adler

Stats: Topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Slash says that when “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” the second single off their debut album, went to number-one, it was way beyond anything he ever expected Guns N’ Roses to accomplish.

Slash on Guns n’ Roses going to number-one with “Sweet Child o’ Mine” being way more than he’d expected them to accomplish. OC:…coming, you know. :17

“It was just a rebellious hard-living rock’n’roll band. I didn’t expect it to be any bigger, realistically, than like, say, Motorhead. You know, I figured we’d have a following and I thought we were as good or better than any other rock’n’roll band at the time, but I just didn’t see it coming, you know.”