Guns & Roses' Sweet Child O' Mine is a major hit worldwide. Until today, this song is still played on major stations at any parts of the world. Children of the 80's truly loves the catchy beat of it and even the kids of the 90s are so much into it. Sweet Child O Mine is probably one of the best, if not the best, songs that Guns N' Roses ever shared to the world.
Just like any other hit musics or songs, Sweet Child O Mine has a history that needs to be told.
A Brief History and Story Of The Song
When drummer Steven Adler and lead guitarist Slash were just warming up, Slash began to play some sort of circus melody. Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin took notice of it and asked Slash to play it again and he later come up with some chords. Duff McKagan then created a bassline and Adler planned a beat. While they are stringing together their beats and music, lead singer Axl Rose was reportedly listening to them upstairs in his room. He then started to write some lyrics and completed it by the following afternoon. At their next jam session, the band added both a bridge and a guitar solo to their newly composed song "Sweet Child O' Mine".
The band started to record their demos with then producer Spencer Proffer. After listening to their song, Proffer suggested to add a breakdown at their songs end. They all agreed but they are totally blank and not sure what to add and how to end their song. While listening to their demo in a loop, Axl started asking himself and his bandmates "Where do we go? Where do we go now?". Proffer suggested that they could add those lines.
Since then, Sweet Child o' Mine received numerous recognitions and awards. It is now placed #37 on Guitar World's list of the 100 greatest guitar solos. It's currently ranked as the 104th greatest song of all time, as well as the best song of 1987, by Acclaimed Music.
For more of this song's history, you can visit this Wikipedia page.