Song of the Day #5,122: ‘Welcome to the Jungle (Live)’ – Guns N’ Roses

When I started looking for songs to fit my Stranger Things “predict the next 80s viral hit” challenge, Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ was the first one I considered a slam dunk.

This anarchic classic has the perfect feel for a show about the threat of apocalypse, and the epic sweep of its soundscape — particularly in the opening minute — would beautifully match images of death and destruction.

I picture this song scoring the first trailer for Season Five, welcoming viewers back to the jungle of Hawkins, Indiana, for one final adventure.

[Note: I’m posting live versions for a lot of these songs because I have featured them before, but I would obviously expect the show to include the original recordings.]

[Additional Note: I made this selection before seeing Thor: Love & Thunder, which uses this song and several other Guns N’ Roses hits on its soundtrack. If Guns N’ Roses has a moment due to that film, it could preempt the chance for it to happen on Stranger Things.]

Welcome to the jungle
We got fun ‘n’ games
We got everything you want
Honey we know the names
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need
If you got the money honey
We got your disease
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun na,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,knees, knees
I wanna watch you Bleed
Welcome to the jungle
We take it day by day
If you want you’re gonna bleed
But it’s the price you pay
And you’re a very sexy girl
Very hard to please
You can taste the bright lights
But you won’t get there for free
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my, my serpentine
I, I wanna hear you scream

Welcome to the jungle
It gets worse here everyday
Ya learn to live like an animal
In the jungle where we play
If you got a hunger for what you see
You’ll take it eventually
You can have anything you want
But you better not take it from me

In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun na,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,knees,knees
I’m gonna watch you plead

And when you’re high you never
Ever want to come down, so down, so down, so down YEAH!!!!!

YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE?!?!
You’re in the jungle baby!!!!
You’re gonna die
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,knees,knees
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my, my serpentine
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your shun,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,na,knees,knees
Down in the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
It’s gonna bring you down!
HUH!

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,122: ‘Welcome to the Jungle (Live)’ – Guns N’ Roses

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Before reading your second note, I was going to suggest that Thor had already revived Guns and Roses. I think they may have even included a new song for that movie.

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