The song was written by Axl Rose (lyrics) and Slash and Izzy Stradlin (music) and was started by Slash doing a technical joking exercise and teasing until Stradlin started putting chords on it and then Axl added lyrics. They put it on the album as a filler song and without thinking that it would have the repercussion that it later had.
It was the first song of the 1980s to reach one billion views on YouTube (in 2019), it has sold more than 2,600,000 digital copies in the United States, it is at number 37 on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos by Guitar World, is at number 3 on Blender’s 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born, at number 198 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list, at number 6 in their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs by Q magazine, the famous riff’s intro was also voted number one of all time by readers of Total Guitar magazine and is also among the 40 greatest songs that changed the world. in Rolling Stone magazine, among others.
– Axl Rose: Vocals.
– Slash: Lead guitar.
– Izzy Stradlin: Rhythm guitar and backing vocals.
– Duff McKagan: Bass and backing vocals.
– Steven Adler: Drums.