Sweet Child O' Mine
Guns N' Roses
Guns N Roses 1988 Sweet Child O Mine 45
She`s got a smile
That it seems to me
Reminds me of
Childhood memories
Where everything was as fresh
As the bright blue sky

1988
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1988 for two weeks
  • RIAA certified Gold record, RIAA certified Digital Gold
  • peaked at No. 24 on the UK Singles chart in 1988
  • from the album Appetite for Destruction (1987) - the biggest-selling debut album of the '80s
  • ranks #198 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • the biggest hit single for Guns N' Roses
  • the guitar intro by Slash is considered by critics to be one of the most memorable guitar intros in the history of rock
  • on the record:
       Axl Rose- lead vocals
       Izzy Stradlin- rhythm guitar, backing vocals
       Slash- lead guitar, acoustic guitar
       Duff McKagan- bass guitar, backing vocals
       Steven Adler- drums
  • written by Axl Rose (William Rose), Slash (Saul Hudson), Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Dean Isbell), Duff McKagan (Michael Andrew McKagan), Steven Adler
  • the lyrics written by lead singer Axl Rose, were for his then-girlfriend Erin Everly (daughter of Don Everly of the Everly Brothers)
  • Slash: "I was just playing my guitar, and Izzy had his guitar—it was the middle of the afternoon. Where the riff came from, I really don't remember. I was playing this pattern—it was one of those things I was in the process of discovering as I came up with each note, and sort of turned it into something that kept rotating. Along the way, Izzy started playing the chords that went behind it. The song more or less wrote itself."
  • produced, engineered by Mike Clink
  • the music video for the song shows the band rehearsing in the Huntington Ballroom, Huntington Beach, California
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