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.

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Song of the Day #4,272: ‘You’re Crazy’ – Guns N’ Roses

My theory is that any “great” album has to have at least three great songs. If the rest are ok, and exhibit the same general style as the great ones, the whole album will earn a solid reputation.

Guns N’ Roses 1997 debut, Appetite For Destruction, is a good example. It features an all-time classic in ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and two other greatest hits-worthy tracks in ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’ The rest of the songs are entirely forgettable.

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Song of the Day #3,360: ‘Welcome to the Jungle (Live)’ – Guns N’ Roses

Closing out week one of the 30 Day Music Challenge, our mission today is to name ‘A Song That Needs To Be Played Loud.’ Certainly many songs fit the bill, but I’m trying to go with the first thing that occurs to me for each of these categories. And the first thing that occurred to me for this one was Guns N’ Roses’ classic ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’

This is a song that needn’t be played at all if it isn’t played loud. It was named the best hard rock song of all time by VH1, and the best hard rock songs need to be played at 11.

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Song of the Day #2,076: ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ – Postmodern Jukebox

postmodern_jukebox_sweet_child_mineHere’s another entry from Postmodern Jukebox, a New Orleans jazz version of Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine.’

This might be my favorite clip of theirs yet, because I love that New Orleans sound, the singer (Miche Braden) has a wonderful voice and it’s so completely unexpected.

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Song of the Day #370: ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ – Guns N’ Roses

destruction[Note: Today’s selection comes to us courtesy of a guest blogger… my wife, Alex. Take it away, dear!]

There are songs that lose their appeal after you leave high school. Or at least they should. Every Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd song comes to mind. But whenever I hear ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses, especially from the beginning, I vividly remember and relish that part of being a teenager that shouts to the world: I am angry and loud and indestructible.

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