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New Absolute Radio poll reveals Greatest Guitar Anthem

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses has been voted the Greatest Guitar Anthem in a new poll by Absolute Radio.

The US band, which formed in 1985 and are set to return to the UK later this year to headline Glastonbury and British Summer Time, have two songs in the Top 25, with Paradise City charting at No.21.

Over 8,000 listeners voted in the poll with a countdown airing on Absolute Radio over the weekend. Also making the Top 25 list were Pink Floyd at No.2 with Comfortably Numb, Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain at No.5 and Jimi Hendrix All Along the Watchtower at No.9.

Presenter Sarah Champion says: “From the iconic opening bars, you know this is a song which is going to take you on a journey. With Axl Rose’s unmistakable vocals added in, Sweet Child O’Mine is an anthem which is a timeless rock classic and a worthy winner of the Greatest Guitar Anthem poll”.

Top 25 Greatest Guitar Anthems as voted for by Absolute Radio listeners

  1. Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
  2. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
  3. AC/DC – Thunderstruck
  4. Eagles – Hotel California
  5. Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
  6. Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
  7. Derek & The Dominos – Layla
  8. Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love
  9. Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
  10. Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
  11. Bon Jovi – Livin’ on A Prayer
  12. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  13. Prince – Purple Rain
  14. Metallica – Enter Sandman
  15. Queen – Another One Bites the Dust
  16. Blondie – One Way or Another
  17. Deep Purple – Smoke on The Water
  18. Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  19. AC/DC – Back in Black
  20. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  21. Guns N Roses – Paradise City
  22. Bryan Adams – Summer of 69
  23. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  24. Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
  25. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama

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