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INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Musician Slash of Guns N' Roses performs onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California.

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Guns n’ Roses: “Paradise City”

The Hook: It’s probably Slash’s favorite G n’ R song, so happy birthday, Axl Rose.

Year Released: 1987

Album: Appetite for Destruction

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

Stats: The third single released off Appetite…, it became their third Top 10, peaking at number-five.

The Background: Slash says when he hears the song now, he hears “the heart and the direction” of the band already in place. And while he thinks it’s “a little stiff,” he thinks that “gives it a charm.”

Former G N’ R guitarist Slash on “Paradise City.” OC:…a charm. :18

“That’s probably my favorite Guns song, and it’s funny because I listen to the playing on it and I can tell how young I was. And all the potential for whatever – I mean, it’s not even potential – all the heart and the direction was all in place. It was a little bit stiff, but that gives it a charm.”