Guns N’ Roses have reached a another album milestone, the band’s Greatest Hits chalking up enough weeks on the Billboard 200 to amass 6 years worth. As well it should, what with the collection getting regular airplay on classic rock, hard rock, rock, and hybrid stations alike.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Billboard 200 crowned Alabama Shakes’ Color & Sound Thursday (April 30) as the No. 1 album in the U. S. for the week ending May 9, 2015. At the same time, Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits logged week 312 on the all-genres chart, placing at No. 170. The album, which was released in 2004, has sold over 5 million units to date, getting the 5 x platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in March 2011.
Guns N’ Roses has become a name synonymous with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll, the stereotypical rock lifestyle (cue the Nickelback tune) and many of their songs — “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” Paradise City,” “You Could Be Mine,” “November Rain” — have become 80s and 90s hair metal and hard rock standards. They are all on Greatest Hits, which guarantees the album continued sales power and longevity. Still, it has a long way to go to catch the current pacesetter, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon, which is also on the chart this week, posting at No. 196 for a mind-shattering total of 904 weeks (17 years, 20 weeks) on the chart.
As for milestones, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, posted the No. 151 album. That marked Number Ones‘ 208th week (4 years) on the chart. A greatest hits compilation, it will undoubtedly rack up quite a few more (hundred) weeks on the chart as well.
Guns N’ Roses formed in 1985 in Los Angeles out of the ashes of two bands, Hollywood Rose and L. A. Guns. Riding on the angsty vocals of Axl Rose and the smooth, melodic, blues-driven guitar-work of Slash, not to mention a hard-charging rhythm section, the band was off and running with its first release, 1987’s Appetite For Destruction, an album that has sold over 18 million copies to date (in the U. S.). It is the best selling debut album (from an American artist) of all time.
The band has gone through quite a few line-up changes over the years and has produced six studio albums altogether, the latest being 2008’s Chinese Democracy. All albums have reached platinum status, including their last and 1993’s “The Spaghetti Incident?”. G N’ R Lies, which was released in 1988, has sold over 5 million units. Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II have both sold over 7 million. Overall, the band has sold an estimated 100 million albums worldwide, 50 million in the U. S. alone, according to the RIAA.