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Music video by Guns N' Roses performing Welcome To The Jungle. (C) 1987 Guns N' Roses

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"Welcome to the Jungle"
Single by Guns N' Roses
from the album Appetite for Destruction
A-side"Welcome to the Jungle" (LP Version)
B-side"Mr. Brownstone" (LP Version) (US)
"Whole Lotta Rosie" (Live) (UK)
"Nightrain" (LP Version)
(UK 2nd release)
ReleasedOctober 3, 1987
October 1988 (UK 2nd release)
Format7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, 12" picture disc, CD
Recorded12 March 1987
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock[1][2]
Writer(s)Axl Rose, Slash
ProducerMike Clink
Guns N' Roses singles chronology

"Welcome to the Jungle" is a song by American rock band Guns N' Roses, featured on its 1987 debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction. It was released as the band's second single on October 3, 1987, and reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[3] and number sixty-seven on the UK Singles Chart.[4] In the United Kingdom, "Welcome to the Jungle" was backed with a live cover of AC/DC's "Whole Lotta Rosie", while in the United States the B-side was "Mr. Brownstone" from Appetite for Destruction. The 12" vinyl and 12" picture disc editions of the single also featured "Whole Lotta Rosie", in addition to live versions of "It's So Easy" and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". In 2009 it was named the greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5]

Background and composition

"Welcome to the Jungle" was the first song co-written by lead vocalist Axl Rose and lead guitarist Slash. According to an interview published by Hit Parader in March 1988, "[Axl] wrote the words while visiting his long time friend Tori in Kingston, Washington, a town outside of Seattle.[citation needed] It's a big city, but at the same time it's still a small city compared to Los Angeles and the things that you're gonna learn. It seemed a lot more rural up there. [Axl] just wrote how it looked to . If someone comes to town and they want to find something, they can find whatever they want."[6] Hit Parader also quoted rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin as summarising the song as "about Hollywood streets; true to life."[7]

Slash describes the development of the music of "Welcome to the Jungle" in his self-titled autobiography. As the band was trying to write new material, Axl remembered a riff Slash had played while he was living in the basement of Slash's mother's house. He played it and the band quickly laid down the foundations for the song, as Slash kept on coming up with new guitar parts for it. He credits Duff McKagan as coming up with the breakdown. According to Slash, the song was written in approximately three hours.[8]

The line "Welcome to the Jungle" was also featured in the 1984 song "Underwater World" by the Finnish glam punk band Hanoi Rocks, whom Axl Rose has cited as the biggest influence of Guns N' Roses.

Clint Eastwood wanted to use the song in his film, "The Dead Pool." The movie featured a then unknown Jim Carrey who was going by the name of "James Carrey" at that time, playing the part of a rock star by the name of "Johnny Squares." Carrey would be filmed lip synching to Welcome to the Jungle. The band was asked to be in the film, and can be seen briefly during Johnny Squares' funeral scene, as well as during the shooting of a movie, when Slash, Duff, Izzy, and Steven are seen on a prop boat, with Slash firing a harpoon at a window, which was later used in the film to kill the antagonist.

Music video

Geffen Records was having a hard time selling the video to MTV. David Geffen made a deal with the network, and the video was aired only one time around 5:00AM on a Sunday morning. As soon as the video was aired, the networks received numerous calls from people wanting to see the video again.

In spite of the early morning airtime, the song's music video caught viewers' attention and quickly became MTV's most requested video. The video in question begins with a shot of Axl Rose disembarking a bus in New York and a drug dealer (portrayed by Izzy) is seen trying to sell his merchandise while Rose rejects it. As Rose stops to watch a television through a store window, clips of the band playing live can be seen and Slash can also be seen briefly, sitting against the store's wall and drinking from a clear glass bottle in a brown paper bag. By the end of the video Rose has transformed into a city punk, wearing the appropriate clothing, after going through a process similar to the Ludovico technique.

During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about the music video, the Guns N' Roses then-manager Alan Niven said that he "came up with the idea of stealing from three movies: Midnight Cowboy, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Clockwork Orange."[9]

  • Steven Adler's brother can be seen in the crowd pointing drumsticks at the camera.
  • The band played a full set to the crowd after shooting footage for the video.


  • Axl Rose - lead vocals, percussion
  • Izzy Stradlin - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Slash - lead guitar
  • Duff McKagan - bass, backing vocals
  • Steven Adler - drums


Martin Popoff included the song at number nineteen in his book The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time;[citation needed] it was ranked the second "greatest metal song " by VH1;[10] it appeared at #467 on Rolling Stone' "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list,[11] it appeared as number seven hundred and sixty-four on Q's "1001 Best Songs Ever" chart;[7] and the song was named the "greatest song about Los Angeles" in a poll in Blender.[citation needed] In 2009, it was named the greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.[5] The song is a frequently used during sporting events and in 2009 the readers of Rolling Stone magazine rated it the greatest sports anthem.[12]

Cover versions

  • Parody band Big Daddy recorded a mashup cover for their 1991 album Cutting Their Own Groove.
  • Grindcore band Hewhocorrupts covered this song on their 2004 album The Discographer.
  • Crossover thrash/metalcore band Zombie Apocalypse recorded a cover for the 2004 tribute compilation Bring You to Your Knees - A Tribute to Guns N' Roses.
  • Richard Cheese covered the song in lounge music style for his 2005 album Aperitif for Destruction.
  • Freedom Dub recorded a chill out rendition of the song for the 2006 tribute compilation Bossa n' Roses.
  • John 5 recorded an instrumental cover of "Welcome to the Jungle" for his 2007 album The Devil Knows My Name.
  • The song My Generation by rap metal band Limp Bizkit contains the line, "Welcome to the jungle, punk!" It is believed that this is a reference to this song, as Guns N' Roses is one of Limp Bizkit's influences.
  • Progressive metal/melodic heavy metal band Triosphere covered this song as a bonus track of the japanese edition of their 2006 album The Road Less Travelled.
  • Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West released a song also entitled "Welcome To The Jungle" on their 2011 album Watch The Throne. While not a cover of the Guns N' Roses song, Jay-Z mentions Axl Rose in the first line of his verse, a nod to the Guns N' Roses singer.

Appearances in other media

  • The song was used in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
  • The song was used in the video game GTA: San Andreas in the fictional radio station Radio X.
  • The song was used in the video game Madden NFL 11.
  • The song was used in the 2010 animation movie Megamind in a 30 sec scene.
  • The song was in several The Simpsons episodes including Marge on the Lam and Mobile Homer.
  • It is the pump up song for several professional teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Mariners, Dallas Stars, Washington Nationals, and other teams.


"Welcome to the Jungle" is often used as the opener at Guns N' Roses concerts, being played at almost every show on the Appetite for Destruction Tour and Use Your Illusion Tour. From 2001-2007, on the Chinese Democracy Tour, "Welcome to the Jungle" was used exclusively as the show opener, until 2009, when it was replaced by "Chinese Democracy". It now occupies the second spot on the setlist.

The song was used as the concert introduction during concerts in Shakira's world tour, the Tour of the Mongoose. Australian rock band Mammal frequently cover "Welcome to the Jungle" live, incorporating the first verse and chorus of the song as part of their own song "Inciting". Pink performed the song at her 2003's Try This Tour.


  • Davis, Stephen (2008). Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N' Roses. Gotham Books. ISBN 978-1-592-40377-6. 


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  2. ^ #Davis 2008 pg. 162, "Welcome to the Jungle opens the album with its whole lotta guitar stutter, a specific tribute to the original blitzkrieg riff on Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love.' The Zeppelin vibe continues with the moaning winds of the long journey to metal hell,"
  3. ^ "Artist Chart History - Guns N' Roses". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Guns N' Roses". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  5. ^ a b " music". Retrieved February 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Spaghetti Incident". Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Welcome To The Jungle". Here Today... Gone To Hell!. Retrieved 200-12-17. 
  8. ^ Bozza, Anthony; Slash (2007). Slash. New York: Harper Entertainment. pp. 108–109. 
  9. ^ Rolling Stone Interview dealing with the music video
  10. ^ "40 greatest metal songs (40 - 31)". VH1. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ Readers Rock List: Sports Anthem - Rolling

External links

  • "Welcome to the Jungle" music video at VH1 Classic

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