The Greatest Guitar Anthem is “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.

In a survey of Absolute Radio listeners, Axl Rose and the band’s 1988 single from the landmark album “Appetite for Destruction” came out on top, dethroning songs from Pink Floyd, AC/DC, and The Eagles including “Hotel California” and “Comfortably Numb.”

Both “Back in Black” by AC/DC and “Paradise City” from the same album were among the top 25 songs.

“From the iconic opening bars, you know this is a song that is going to take you on a journey,” said presenter Sarah Champion. Sweet Child O’Mine is an anthem that is a timeless rock classic and a deserving winner of the Greatest Guitar Anthem poll, especially with the addition of Axl Rose’s recognizable vocals.

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This summer, Guns N’ Roses will perform at both American Express presents BST Hyde Park and Glastonbury.

The Pretenders, The Darkness, and Larkin Poe will all be present at the latter.

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The Top 25 Greatest Guitar Anthems:

Guns N Roses – ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’

Pink Floyd – ‘Comfortably Numb’

AC/DC – ‘Thunderstruck’

Eagles – ‘Hotel California’

Fleetwood Mac – ‘The Chain’

Dire Straits – ‘Sultans of Swing’

Derek and The Dominos – ‘Layla’

Led Zeppelin – ‘Whole Lotta Love’

Jimi Hendrix – ‘All Along the Watchtower’

Joan Jett – ‘I Love Rock and Roll’

Bon Jovi – ‘Livin’ on A Prayer’

Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’

Prince – ‘Purple Rain’

Metallica – ‘Enter Sandman’

Queen – ‘Another One Bites the Dust’

Blondie – ‘One Way or Another’

Deep Purple – ‘Smoke on The Water’

Beatles – ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

AC/DC – ‘Back in Black’

Black Sabbath – ‘Paranoid’

Guns N Roses – ‘Paradise City’

Bryan Adams – ‘Summer of 69’

Foo Fighters – ‘Everlong’

Alanis Morissette – ‘You Oughta Know’

Lynyrd Skynyrd – ‘Sweet Home Alabama’


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