Essential Listening: Guns N’ Roses had an `Appetite’ for change

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“Appetite for Destruction,” the debut album from Guns N’ Roses, changed the direction of rock and roll in the 1980s.

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Pop culture in the ’80s was dominated by hair bands and flashy pop music, with artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna controlling the charts. 

But in 1987 the most dangerous band in the world emerged with what would become the best-selling debut album of all time. Guns N’ Roses and their first album, Appetite for Destruction, would change music culture by leaving makeup and spandex in the rearview mirror, chewed up, and spit out. 

The raw hard rock sound that the band brought was a refreshing change from hair metal groups like Poison and Warrant. Songs like “It’s So Easy” and “Mr. Brownstone” incorporated a punk rebellious attitude, which drew so many fans to the band, while “Welcome To The Jungle” and “Paradise City” served as anthems for a new generation. Then there is “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” one of the best known ballads of all time. 

Top to bottom, this an amazing album that shifted the direction of rock ‘n’ roll. Appetite for Destruction is for head bangers, metal heads, rebels, purists, and everyone in between.