According to The Pulse Of Radio, the readers of U.K.’s Metal Hammer voted “Rocket Queen” as the best song off GUNS N’ ROSES‘ classic debut album “Appetite For Destruction”. To commemorate the album’s reissue last week, the heavy metal magazine held a poll in which thousands of votes were cast to decide, 31 years after the album came out, what the best songs were.
“To be fair,” the article said, “each of the 12 tracks was in with a shout. ‘Welcome To Jungle’, ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘Paradise City’, ‘My Michelle’… It’s crazy that one album could produce such a wealth of bona fide rock ‘n’ roll anthems.” But it was the closing track, “Rocket Queen”, that won with 21 percent of the votes.
“Rocket Queen” infamously features the sounds of lead singer Axl Rose having sex with drummer Steven Adler‘s then-girlfriend.
This song was supposed to be a tribute to Rose‘s friend Barbi Von Greif, who, Rose said, “kept [him] alive for a while.”
“Appetite For Destruction” was reissued on June 29 in a “Locked N’ Loaded” box via Universal Music Group.
The original album was certified in September 2008 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for U.S. sales in excess of 18 million copies.
The LP has reportedly accumulated worldwide sales in excess of 28 million since its 1987 release.
The album’s original cover, based on the Robert Williams painting “Appetite For Destruction”, depicted a robot rapist about to be punished by a metal avenger.
After several music retailers refused to stock the album, they compromised and put the controversial cover art inside, replacing it with a cover depicting a cross and skulls of the five band members.